Tagged with Language and Cultural Assistant

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

I’m Home…

I’m Home…

I’m HOME! I’m back in the beautiful SF Bay Area and it feels good. It’s also really strange. I’m briefly landing at my parent’s place, back in the guest room with boxes of my stuff I left behind and likely half the things I have I’ve forgotten I owned. I know the Bay Area is … 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

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

Why Spain?

I’m enjoying my life here yet I haven’t felt the “magic of Spain”  yet. I don’t know what I expected but the magic isn’t there…yet. Mind you, I haven’t visited Sevilla or Granada, the bigger cities of Andalucia. I haven’t felt the connection to the country, the feeling that this is “home.” A bit hard … Continue reading

Working at a Instituto en Espana!

I  know I’ve been posting about my travels in Spain but I’m actually living in Spain because I am working as an Language and Cultural Language Assistant, also known as an auxiliar. I work 12 hours a week, 4 days  a week at an insituto (ages 12-16, essentially high school). My schedule is different each day … Continue reading