A chronicle of my journey as a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher in Chile. This is not an official Department of State website, and the views and information presented are my own and do not represent the Fulbright Program or the Department of State.
One of the many children's books I bought in Chile.
Yesterday was the second time I connected to my students via Google Hangout to tell them about Chile. It was priceless. Although my project is still in progress, students at WAMS already are enjoying the benefits: the benefits of cultural exchange.
I spent the whole day presenting and taking questions about Chile: its food, lifestyle, landscape, people, and activities. Thanks to Matt, Anna, Catarina, and Deirdre, 7th grade students at WAMS had the opportunity to participate in this virtual exchange.
When I was preparing for this exchange, I was thinking "what can I show them; what can I talk about?..." And then it hit me: I can show them anything! Anything, and I mean anything can work: any articles of food, weather, books, magazines, any stories I have, too - all this is like GOLD. Anything from Chile is extremely valuable since it represents Chilean culture and everyday life. Simple things like hallulla bread, avocado, a children's book, or the view from my balcony are authentic ideas that can be used to extend and nurture world language study.
I miss my students so much. I miss teaching so much. I miss my colleagues so much. That is why I was so happy to be able to connect with them not once, but TWO times. And for that, I'm grateful.
Hallulla bread is becoming a problem -for me. Mainly, because how delicious it is.
You can take palta away from Chile, and you can't take Chile away from palta.
7th grade student Ally asked a wonderful question: "What are some of the names of students you met in Chile?" Well done, Ally!