Cultural Comparisons in Learning Environments

Within the past month, I was lucky enough to both observe and teach at two schools here in Italy. The schools that allowed and welcomed me as soon as I got there was the Vatican School which is private school that is located on the hill of Castle Gandolfo and Collodi Middle School which is a public school that is in Albano Laziale. The age group of students that I worked with for most the time was age seven and I also worked with the fifth graders in the afterschool program. An interesting comparison between American and Italian schools is that in Italy the teachers switch and move from...

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Teaching in Italy Compared to the U.S.

For the past five weeks, I have gotten the privilege to teach at Collodi Elementary school in Italy. The school is located in Albano Laziale, next to our campus and by Castel Gondolfo. There are about 300 students, and my partner Katelynn and I have gotten the chance to teach a Thanksgiving lesson to three different classrooms. Katelynn and I are both majoring in Early Childhood Education so it was really fun to get the chance to teach the first and fourth grade students in Italy. Teaching at Collodi has definitely helped prepare me to teach my own class soon by showing me some of the...

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Exploring Reggio Emilia

Exploring Reggio Emilia

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Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy

On October 27th, our group of 15 Walsh University students traveled to Reggio Emilia. Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy that we have been studying at Walsh that was founded in the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Louis Malaguzzi developed this approach after World War Two. Reggio is a very different view in education. It is more of an approach than a theory. It focuses mainly on preschool and elementary students. The main idea is for students to learn on their own using resources. They do not have toys to play with but they have real life objects. As you can see in these pictures,...

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Tour at The Vatican School

Today, our future educators visited The Vatican School. It is one of the sites where we will be teaching. Brother Mario is a Brother of Christian Instruction and both teaches at the school and is the school principal. Brother Mario graciously gave us a tour of the school and explained how it is part of the constitution that all schools have a foundation of Catholicism. The teachers will post more about the school as they begin to teach their lessons! It is a blessing to see their excitement with each step of this journey.

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Christmas Pageant at The Vatican School

Hello! We had the rare opportunity of visiting the Vatican school today! It was a wonderful experience, and we had a great time interacting with these students! We had them make snowflakes and discover the history of Saint Nicholas, and the history behind the candy cane. They gave us a preview of what they are going to sing at their Christmas Pageant, and invited us to come watch their performance on December 17th!

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