A Warm Welcome from the American School of Brasilia!
EAB also offers so many professional development opportunities, as well as other opportunities, which are even open to the student teachers. As we said before, we recently went to a workshop with Dr. Virginia Rojas, and talked about scaffolding strategies for EAL learners. We also had an opportunity to attend a workshop with Erma Anderson and learn about strategies for developing proper math assessments and creating meaningful, rich questions. This workshop was extremely beneficial to us as new teachers. Not only that, but the school offers us free Portuguese classes twice a week and has offered us a class through the American Heart Association to become certified in CPR/First Aid. We only wish that we would be here for some of the other professional development opportunities, since quite a few of them occur in the spring. Luckily, we have had the opportunity to attend a few, and they have been well worth our time!
Work Hard, Play Hard!
Although we have not yet had an opportunity to travel, we have planned trips to the Amazon and to Rio De Janeiro. We have a week long vacation, in October, between the end of the first quarter and the start of the second quarter, and plan to go to the Amazon at this time. We also are planning a trip to Rio over Thanksgiving Break! We also have a three day weekend coming up, where we plan to travel a couple hours outside of Brasilia and visit Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, which is an area that has numerous waterfalls! We could not be more excited for these opportunities to explore the rest of Brazil! Luckily, we are not leaving Brazil until December 22nd, as we are staying the whole semester at EAB. Going over the required 16 weeks of student teaching, gives us more opportunities to work in the school, as well as travel during breaks!
Overall, our experience in Brasilia has been a tremendous adventure; one we will remember for the rest of lives. We have grown both personally and professionally, have made a lifetime of connections with people from all over the world, and have learned more about education than ever before. We cannot express how thankful we are for this opportunity to student teach at EAB, and look forward to what the rest of the semester will bring us! We encourage everyone to step outside of their comfort zone, expand their horizons, and consider student teaching abroad! It will be an experience you will treasure and look back on for the rest of your life!