Mi Casa Es Su Casa

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I have an apartment! It’s rather large–with three spacious bedrooms and a late living area. I will be getting a couple roommates, so naturally, I chose the best room. Actually, to be honest, it was hard to pick a room! I ended up going with a room with access to the back “yard.”

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I was pretty excited to find quite a few basil plants–and I am hoping to attempt pesto at some point. A sweet school employee showed me around today, and she thinks someone might help me get a little garden started. I am super excited about that–and I am hopeful that some tomatoes and other good yummies will soon be found here!

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The school is amazing. We are on the outskirts of town, in an area that is more what I expected. The side streets are more like small alleyways with room for one car to pass at a time. The government is paving, which means that in fact they aren’t paving… The government school was a bit heartbreaking. There’s rusty broken playground equipment, and classrooms that are open and small. More on this at another time.
Mi escuela:

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Back to my school: it’s in a fenced in area ferociously protected by three adorable dogs. The guard affectionately referred to one as gordo (fatso). The buildings house five hundred students from daycare (age 1-4) through high school. The middle area is like a courtyard with the cafe, library cabin, and outdoor stage off to the sides.

The view from my classroom on the second floor is beautiful!

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My room isn’t large–an currently is covered with a thin sheet of dust over everything. There are windows along the side that open to allow a breeze to pass through. I am looking forward to getting in there and getting started! I hear my kids are pretty “bad.” They scared the last teacher off (kidding), and seem to have earned themselves quite a reputation (not kidding!). They sound like just my cup of tea! I can’t wait to see how much they know and understand. I guess it will be the perfect opportunity to practice my Responsive Classroom, seeing as how I will be talking very little and modeling a lot!

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School begins for me on Thursday–which means I have tomorrow to get my things in order here at the house. I want to wait to grocery shop later–because there is a little fruit stand that is currently closed, but very close to my school. Today I walked to the closest market for some things–the Bodega is like a downsized Walmart. Fruit is super cheap–so I’m super happy!

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3 responses

  1. Oh how exciting! Jania…… you are going to enjoy turning all that energy around to learning. Can’t wait to hear more about your students. Enjoy

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