Communicating Outside of Our Comfort Zones

Throughout this amazing trip in Rome, Italy, we have visited a number of schools and experienced so much as future educators. We have gone to The Vatican School up the hill in Castel Gandolfo, a school in the city next to ours called Albano, a Hebrew school in Rome, Reggio Emilia, a Greek school, and an Italian school in Greece. I have loved every single school that we have visited, observed, and taught at. But the school that sticks out to me the most is The Vatican School in Castel Gandolfo. This school is just right up the hill from our campus. It was a pretty big school, with many...

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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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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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