Showing posts from May, 2017

Lasting Impressions


I can not believe how quickly the 3 weeks in Spain went. I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to get on my last flight of the trip which is heading back to Nashville! I can say that this is one of the best experiences I have ever had and one of the best things I could have ever done for myself. This journey has taught me so much about other cultures, people, and myself. I have done so many things outside of my comfort zone and will never regret any of them. I traveled to three different countries in my time abroad and so many amazing places that I never imagined I would get to see. I am going to miss all of the people that I met while I was there and the beautiful city of Barcelona. However, I am very happy to be back in America and one step closer to seeing family and friends. I have loved the group that I got to travel with and grow close to in this experience and will miss everyone when we are all back home. This has been an experience of a lifetime and a piece of m…

Week 3-Culture


For week three I will be talking about the different culture in Spain. I can say it is very different from our own but I enjoyed learning all about it and getting to be a part of it for 3 weeks. Culture in general affects education all over. In Spain they have a very laid back culture and they have very little discipline. This is very evident in the schools and is positive in the educational setting. With the laid back style students are more motivated to do work and are excited to learn. The children and teachers all get small breaks throughout the school day and a long hour and a half lunch. Many of the students walk home to eat and then come back to school. With the mini breaks and long lunch during the day students don't seem to lose their motivation and energy as easily as students in America. By the end of the day in America students loose their energy or become unfocused more easily but in Spain they have "brain breaks" you could say several times throughout…

Week Two

Week two here in Barcelona has flown by! We had a full week in the school and I saw so many great things. I am with boys all day long so the days are crazy but they go by very fast. During the school day I have been assisting my teacher in every class. I have not taught a lesson on my own yet over here but we do more of a co-teach type of method and a lot of one on one work with the students during the day. I mainly help students practice reading English and correct them when they speak. Ms. Alex also ask me to help explain things in English in a way that will be easier for students to understand. All of the American teachers are involved in every classroom that we go into and we all eat together and with other staff members of the school during breakfast and lunch times. The school we are in is very different then the schools I am used to being in. The first big difference is that of the gender separation. I feel that it is helpful in some ways but then in other ways I feel tha…