Durante mis casi tres años de trabajar en la Ciudad de Guatemala, aprendí y crecí como persona, y como profesional. ¿Cómo? Tuve dos mentores que me ayudaron en maneras importantes, pero distintas. Una era la Coordinadora de Básicos, quien me ayudó en cuanto a aprender y utilizar mejores prácticas en el campo de educación. Ella … Continue reading ¿Qué aprendí de Maestra en un Colegio Bilingüe?
While working at two different bilingual schools in Guatemala City, I taught students of a high socioeconomic status, students of privilege. But the reality is that kids, rich or poor, are still kids. The little ones still cried over things like spilt milk and the adolescents still struggled with acceptance by their peers, and defining … Continue reading Kids Will Be Kids
When working with students who were fully bilingual, it was helpful for me to be bilingual as well because not all parents were. I greatly admired some of my parents who didn’t speak English but saw the value in educating their children well. When conducting parent-teacher conferences, some parents did of course speak English but … Continue reading How Speaking a Second Language Helps Me as a Teacher
Giving students choice and a variety of assignments is useful in helping them to shine in different areas. But as a teacher, it is also useful to pinpoint student weaknesses, so that those areas can be improved. While teaching in Guatemala, my students were not what I would consider traditional ESL students, because they had … Continue reading Giving Students a Choice
During my second of three years of teaching in Guatemala, I was fortunate enough to have two great mentors, in the form of my department head and my coordinator. My department head was able to give very pointed, specific advice and best practices related to my content area, while my coordinator drew on over 20 … Continue reading Finding a Professional Mentor
I recently took the time to read the book Letters to a Young Teacher, and I truly wish I had read this as I was entering the teaching profession shortly after graduation. There are so many gems of wisdom and encouragement and hope and inspiration sprinkled throughout this book. This week I’ll be sharing a … Continue reading Letters to a Young Teacher: Part 2
Google Drive is something I’ve talked endlessly about on this blog, but today I’m going to share with you how we used it at my last school. This school was located in Guatemala City, and although many Americans might imagine it’s something of a backwater [in some regards, it still is], our school was pretty … Continue reading Using Google Drive to Lesson Plan
¿Te interesa la tecnología educativa? ¿Te interesaría una maestría, pero te falta tiempo y recursos? Te invito a echar un vistazo al nuevo programa que está ofreciendo la Universidad Galileo de Guatemala: https://www.edx.org/micromasters/galileox-e-learning-crea-actividades-y-contenidos Este “MicroMaster” se compone de solo cuatro cursos, cada uno que vale $200, por un total económico y alcanzable de $800 por … Continue reading MicroMasters con la Universidad Galileo