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In the ESL classroom: Music and lyrics

As of late, interviews have my brain re-winding and churning out memories of examples to share for those various “Tell me a time” style questions. I’ve been reminded of my time in the classroom and thought why not share a successful activity that came about due to necessity when planning when out the window. Playing … Continue reading

In the Classroom: Role Reversal

Now that I’m back in the U.S., I’m going through all the entries I started but  weren’t quite finished or I simply never published. This is about my experience in Spanish classes by night and being a teacher by day. Working as a teacher by day and as a student by night, I’m learning that … Continue reading

It’s all about Perspective in the Classroom

It’s all about Perspective in the Classroom

Dressed in skin tight jeans and body hugging sweaters, sixteen year old gals sit on their desks chatting up their friends. Mobile phones rest on desks as if they were binders and pens necessary for class.  Several are busy typing away important messages about what they’re doing, the cute boy they sit next too or … Continue reading

One month- Can you believe it?

One month- Can you believe it?

It’s been one month since I hopped off the bus in Vitoria- Gasteiz and began painting a new canvas in my life. Can you believe it? It’s all a little surreal. It feels like I’ve been here for months in some respects and others as if I’ve just arrived.  It’s amazing how much has changed … Continue reading

In the Classroom: Scattergories

In the Classroom: Scattergories

If you try this activity , I’d love to hear how it goes for you- good, bad, suggestions etc. Leave me a comment below. Look forward to hearing from you! I’m back in the classroom (as of last week) and am quickly learning students  names and getting to know teachers whom I’m working with. This … Continue reading

Should I stay or Should I go?

Should I stay or Should I go?

Life has been Cra-Zee since returning home! Three weeks has passed by and I’m left wondering how so much has happened in what feels like so little time. My mind is in constant ON mode and I seem to have no way of shutting down my brain as it bounces and spins full of thoughts … Continue reading

Saying Good-bye

Saying Good-bye

Yesterday was my last day of work, last morning in my piso and last day in Roquetas de Mar, the town I’ve called home for 8 months. Feels surreal. I don’t think it’s hit me yet.  Saying good-bye is always difficult, always strange. I say I don’t believe in good-byes because I always feel I’ll … Continue reading

A good life abroad. A little bubble.

A good life abroad. A little bubble.

Living in Spain and constantly hearing about the increasing unemployment rate makes me grateful for having a teaching job, courtesy of the Spanish government ministry of education language and cultural assistant’s program.  My monthly wages may not seem like much at 700 euros but it’s certainly enough to live- pay rent, pay bills, buy food, … Continue reading

In the ESL Classroom: Playing Charades

Today was a day for charades. The end of  Holy week (spring break) has marked the school year is near over and you know what this means; tired, uninterested students counting down the days for summer vacation. One of my funny students asked, “Can’t we just sleep in class.” He knows the answer but I … Continue reading

Today a fight broke out after school

Today a fight broke out after school

and everyone just looked on. Both teachers and students. I didn’t actually see the fight but half the school seemed to be gathered outside the school gates. I was surprised to see teachers just watching… and I was laughing and looking at teachers like, What’s going on? Why isn’t anyone doing anything?  I’m used to … Continue reading

Surprises on Saint Valentine’s Day

Surprises on Saint Valentine’s Day

El dia San Valentin. For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been showing a short Valentine slide show to my students in my Conversation classes and asking them about Valentine’s Day in Spain. I’ve always been indifferent to the holiday having spent many more years single than having a Valentine to share the day with. I … Continue reading

Teaching. Me gusta. Quien sabia?

I like teaching. A lot. I love engaging with students. I love there questions. There curiosity. There creativeness. I love figuring out how to explain concepts and ideas in multiple ways so everyone understands.  I love the challenges and the rewards teaching brings. I’m even entertained when students are sneaky and see what they can … Continue reading