Paraguay-Peace Corps

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I REEEEEEEALLY want to turn my Spanish class into a service project oriented Spanish class.  It is my dream.  I teach Kindergarten to 8th grade.  My students have ME as their teacher for NINE years and I want to impart a bit more on them than just the Spanish language and bits about the different cultures.  I want to be able to teach my students about the real world as best I can and burst their bubbles about how fortunate we are to live where we do.  I want to help them want to help others.

I never like to teach my students about a Spanish-speaking culture unless I have been there to visit and experienced the culture myself or if I have a contact or friend in a specific culture.  But I have taught them about most of the countries that I have visited thus far so I decided that Paraguay might be a good place to start if I want to really help them see how different other people’s lives can be.  So I was just google-ing tonight for a place to start.  A place to find some kid-friendly information about Paraguay.  When I searched, “Spanish Teacher + service project for kids” I found these websites from the Peace Corps.  The first is to have a speaker come to speak at your school about their experience http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/educators/ and the second is what I value most at this point.  It is a link to Peace Corps Journal entries (that link you to personal blogs) of volunteers living in Paraguay right now.  http://peacecorpsjournals.com/?Journal&journal_id=7309

So I should be in bed now because I get up at 4:45 each day!  But I have been reading these wonderful volunteer’s blogs and commenting on each hoping that someone will respond and want to connect to me and my students via Skype or email so that we can REALLY learn about Paraguay!

 

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About weens11

People. People important to you, people unimportant to you cross your life, touch it with love or carelessness and move on. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go away and leave such a gaping hole. Children leave parents, parent leave friends. Acquaintances move on. Friends love and move on. You think of the many who have moved into your hazy memory. You look on those present and wonder. I believe this is all part of a master plan. People move in and out of our lives, and each leaves his mark on the other. You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who ever touched your life, and you are more because of it, and you would be less if they had not touched you. So far this is who I know that I am... PS I am a Spanish teacher (lucky enough to teach grade K-8!) living in the Chicago area, married to a handsome, intelligent and loving man, and I enjoy exercising and any thing that makes me laugh or smile!

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  1. You REALLY aim to make an impact on the students’ lives – good for you!
    i see that you have your work cut out for you – you will have to adapt the info you get for all the different age groups.
    Keep us posted!

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