Since my last post, I have realized that I need to get some fun in my life and I’ve been trying really hard to make sure I’m balancing all of the work I’ve been doing with an equal amount of fun! I’ve been pretty good about making sure my weekends are packed with goodness. I haven’t been so good about the week. But all that is about to change Continue reading
Category Archives: Ecuador
Two months of Ecuador…
So I’ve been living here for two months now and I have learned A LOT. Not just about education in Ecuador but about mathematics, myself, and working with others.
When I took the job, I was very clear in my interview that I had never taught pre-Calculus or Calculus. At some point in my education, I learned all of it because I have my degree in mathematics so I was sure that I could do the job. However, as all teachers know, learning something is much different than teaching it! So in the past two months I have taught my seniors Sequences and Series, Complex Numbers, Polar Equations, and now I have just started a unit on Matrices. Umm…what? I find myself up into the wee hours of the night Continue reading
Mompiche – A little piece of heaven!
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Last weekend, Esteban and I went to Mompiche for the three day weekend. It is a little town located on the northern coast of Ecuador and it is not too developed….yet. It is a little piece of heaven. We stayed … Continue reading
THEY RETAIN WHAT THEY LEARN!!!
So I haven’t posted in a month and a half. People have been bugging me about it and I have to admit I feel a little guilty about it….but only a little because things at work are CRAZY!
I teach at a private school in Quito which has an amazing reputation and equally amazing children. First, let me acknowledge that I am teaching the most homogenous group of kids that I have EVER taught during my 19 years. They all come from upper middle class families. They all are light skinned Ecuadorians. They all have supportive, two-parent households and do not have to work a part time job to get by. You get the idea.
Despite its many differences from my school’s demographics in Boston, the school has really made me think about what happens in the US in terms of education from the teachers’ point of view as well as the students’ point of view. These kids love to learn. They Continue reading
The last two weeks…
The last two weeks were absolutely insane. Seriously. I sold the car back to the dealer and got a pretty good deal after some dramatics. I finished packing almost everything and was ready when my sister, Allison, and her boyfriend, Luke, came to Boston to help me move. We went to get the U-haul trailer and Luke was a champ driving that thing through the city. Continue reading
It’s been a year….
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…since I wrote a post. In that year a lot has happened. I returned to the US. I went back to the same high school to teach Geometry and Algebra 2. It was both fun and weird to teach the … Continue reading
Baños lived up to the hype!
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On my last weekend to travel, I decided to go to Baños. Throughout my year, I heard SO MANY people talk about how fabulous Baños is … how much fun they had … how many crazy extreme sports they tried. … Continue reading
Cuyabeno – A completely different world!
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A couple weeks after I returned from the US. I took a trip to Cuyabeno with my friend Nina. Before we left Quito to travel to the Orient, we celebrated Nina’s birthday by having sushi at the Swisshotel. It was … Continue reading
I’m a Madrina!
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I mentioned in a previous post that the Huaca’s asked me to be the godmother of André´s graduation on Mother´s Day. I wasn´t really sure what this meant and I´m still not sure. But after having experienced a high school … Continue reading