The past few weeks have been...
Busy, enlightening, thought-provoking, productive, and oh so inspiring. When I look back, I am overwhelmed by how much I have done... Below is a (very short) account of the past few weeks-supplemented by many pictures, of course!
Google Hangout Lessons
With the help and initiative of dear colleagues at William Annin, I had an opportunity to connect with my students back in the U.S. We connected via Google Hangout: with me, Matt's, Diane's, and Christina's 8th grade classes. WA teachers worked with students to prepare questions for me and I took this opportunity to talk to them about Chile. You know, little things that we take for granted: money, food, life style, architecture, fashion, etc. Students had so many questions!
I showed them the books I got for them; talked about how delicious Chilean hallulla bread is, how popular avocado is here, why people buy lemons by the bag, and what Chilean pesos look like. Students also tried to guess what floor I live on, and why I am wearing a winter ski jacket inside. Some kids had questions about Chilean architecture, fashion, and transportation.
Most importantly, I took this opportunity to talk about Chilean 'modismos' - words that only Chilean Spanish carries, like 'palta', 'pololo', 'catchai', 'sismo' and others. We talked about climate in different parts of Chile, and some places to visit.
Next week, June 6th, I have another session except this time is with 7th grade! Matt, Catarina, Deirdre, and Anna will be the teachers that will facilitate this exchange. My brain wheels have already been 'spinning.' What can show them during this session? Shall I go shopping and get some 'samples' of Chilean desserts? Newspapers? Take pictures of buildings? Metro and micros? Maybe use 'share screen' feature and show them some pictures from this trip?... I have today to prepare for Tuesday.
Social and Cultural Happenings
Apart from working on my project, I also have been enjoying the company of many people: both related to education and not. I learned how to cook a cazuela -a Chilean stew, and lentejas; participated in various cultural events such as El Día de Patrimonio, made an arpillera, and went out with Santiago Girl Expat group.