Teaching American Politics in Italy

In my day as a teacher at Albano middle school, I taught all levels of middle school from ages 9 to 14. Classes had around 20 students. Most older students could understand and speak English very well while younger students struggled. Teachers were helpful with translating for their students who were not fluent in English. I made a connection with a student whose father was from Arizona; this student was in a class that spoke little English with a teacher that wasn’t proficient either. This student acted as a translator and helped the class while having pride in his heritage and pride...

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Interactive Lessons and Music to Communicate

Throughout the weeks that I have been in Rome studying, I have taught in two very different schools. Also, I visited several different schools as well. I am currently studying to become a Special Education teacher. I will be certified in grades K-12 for both mild to moderate and moderate to intensive students. One of the schools is located in the city next to campus called Albano Laziale. To get to this school, I had to take the bus to Albano Laziale. Once I got off the bus I had about a ten-minute walk to the school. The school is called the Rossini school. Rossini was a rather big school...

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Teaching Thanksgiving in a New Language

Throughout the past few weeks, I have been teaching in schools throughout Italy. One school I taught at was the Collodi Elementary school in Albano Laziale which is located approximately twenty minutes from campus. Throughout my time at Collodi, I taught in a first grade classroom and observed in two fifth grade classrooms. Since I am an Early Childhood/Intervention Specialist major that is also seeking an endorsement for grades 4 and 5, I found these classrooms very fun and interesting to me. The time I spent in the first grade classroom was my favorite because I actually had the...

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Communicating Effectively to Different Languages

During our time teaching in Italian classrooms we have had so many amazing experiences where I’ve felt inspired. I’ve left the classroom feeling so accomplished with my lesson and feeling more secure than ever in my decision to become a teacher, and to major in Early Childhood Education. However,I feel that I learned the most about becoming an educator in the worst teaching experience I have ever had. On a beautiful Wednesday morning my colleague Brianna and I headed up to Albano Laziale to the Callodi school for our first time teaching Italian students. The Callodi school is...

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More Similarities Than Differences

“I see more similarities with my school back home than the differences in the classroom.” is what I have said to the Italian students when in the teaching field. I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunities to not only teach in high school classes in Italy but to have observed classrooms in Greek schools, a Hebrew school, a Vatican school, and a Reggio Emilia school. The bright eyed, cheerful, and smiling faces of the students make me feel beyond welcomed. The teachers in each classroom were more than nice to me too which really made an impact. They represent their...

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