S: Argentina 2012
BC: Alta Gracia | ARGENTINA
FC: A look into a new culture | Alta Gracia, Cordoba in Argentina
1: Norms | New Social
2: The importance of dance | New Social Norms | Dance seemed to be something passed down from family member to family member. People of all ages were able to do many of the traditional dances of Argentina such as the Corteta. -The dance Tango has its history in Argentina. While there, we were able to take 2 Tango lessons.
3: Night Life Greetings | Mate | Mate is a traditional drink from Argentina. It is served with a metal straw that has a strainer on the bottom. We drank mate with friends, anywhere, and at any time of the day! | The night life in Argentina is very different from your typical college night life. They leave for the bars around 1-2 am and stay out until 6 am or later! | It is tradition in Argentina to greet someone with a kiss on the cheek. This was a social norm that took some time to get used to! | Hi?
4: Each school in Argentina has recess after every class period (about every 50 minutes) | Students each have their own notebook that they use for every subject. | The students at San Martin wear long, white lab coat as their school uniform. Here the students are sitting in pods and doing some cooperative work which is a very common occurrence in Argentine classrooms.
5: The class sizes range from 25-35 students. This causes the classrooms to be pretty cramped, but each student has a seat! | Argentine Schools | This is a teacher's plan book. She pastes activities that she has the students do and includes notes. She also decorates the book with stickers and designs of her own. | During the independence parade, the student with the highest grades in the school gets to hold the school symbol flag.
6: La Comida | Bread, bread and more bread! We were served pan for breakfast, lunch, mirienda, and dinner. Various spreads and dips were also served and they varied by restaurant. | Coffee (cafe) was also a popular treat at all mealtimes! A little different from the U.S.!
7: A cute French restaurant in Argentina owned by a nice French woman. Some diversity within the usual Italian based menu. | A typical Argentine salad piled with fresh tomatoes, corn, ham, and egg. | Asado! We thank all the very talented men who cooked our meat during the most delicious barbecues!
8: We had two concerts this year, in the fall and spring. | Attractions Across Argentina | Che Guevara's childhood home is in Alta Gracia! -------------------------------------------------------- The Floralis Generica in Buenos Aires is a huge metal flower that opens in the sun and closes in the evening.
9: The view from our unforgettable home in Alta Gracia, Hotel Hispana. | La Cascada, the number 1 best waterfall sight in La Cumbrecita, Argentina. ------------------------------ | Los caballos!
10: DATA | -Moodle postings -Photos | ANALYSIS | We analyzed our data by thinking about the connections we could make based on our everyday lifestyles in the U.S. compared to those of the Argentines.
11: Themes | 1. It seems that Argentines often work together and rely on communication and teamwork to succeed. This was evident in the schools, of course, but also with regards to sharing mate, bread, dances, and social interactions. 2. It seems that Argentines are very proud and aware of their culture and traditions. -->
12: Themes Continued... | When walking down the street, it felt as if we could have asked a stranger a question, and he or she would answer with a tour guide-like response. We wish we knew as much about the United States' history as Argentines knew about theirs.
13: Interpretations | 1. One comparison we found provocative is the Argentine's way of holding students accountable for their knowledge. There are no standardized tests or official ways t0 measure student progress. We found ourselves wondering how education in Argentina was analyzed officially.
14: 2. Classroom management did not seem to be a commonly discussed issue in Argentina, while in the United States, it is analyzed constantly. We wonder if the challenge will become more of a conversation starter over time. 3. It is extremely difficult to be a student unfamiliar with a native language. We became extremely grateful for breaks during the day, patient people, pictures and Spanish-English dictionaries!
15: Reflection | Argentina will always be an educational memory for us. We learned so much about another culture, lifestyle, and belief system. Priorities differ in another country, and this became evident during conversations and observations of Argentine culture. We feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in another practice of life.
16: Practice makes perfect...We love teamwork! | What's Next? | It was remarkable to be a Spanish Language Learner. We learned how English Learners must feel: the frustration, tiredness, and gratuity to those willing to help. This experience has forever improved our ability to teach those learning a native language. We have become more patient and empathetic as a result of our experience abroad.
18: Erica and Arianna, I'm very impressed with what you have done here. You've captured in images and text the many things you learned in Argentina. You demonstrate well what you have learned and how this will influence your teaching, particularly with ESL students. I might just add a little information. The schools do quarterly evaluations of the students. The tests are developed by the teachers to test what the students have learned--what a novel idea. Rather than teach a test that somebody else has made, they teach and then test what students should have learned. The tests are prepared by the teachers and then are approved by the principal & vice-principals, but it is the teacher's responsibility to develop the tests his/her students will take. There are tests at the end of each grade in high school (also prepared by the teachers) that students have to take over the year's work in order to pass to the next grade. If a student failed a class in secondary school, they have to study on their own and then sit for another exam (prepared by the teachers). It does seems that teachers have more respect in that they hold the responsibility for evaluating the learning of the students.
19: BY: ERICA YUCUISS AND ARIANNA ZALLIK
20: I also think the topic of management is an interesting one. You are correct in that they are not focused on management in the schools or in teacher education programs in the way we are in the U.S., partly because culturally they expect children to be children or adolescents and act in childlike/adolescent like ways, rather than requiring that they sit in desks all day and be quiet. Of course some teachers manage their classrooms more effectively than others based on their expectations (which will obviously vary) and their personality. But by and large they don't expect classrooms to be "orderly" and "quiet" in the way we do in the U.S., which may go back to our Puritan background and perceptions of how children should behave in general. I'm pleased to see your attention to the big ideas and the connections you were able make to your future teaching. In a year or two I'd love to talk to you both again and see how the trip influenced your teaching once you start teaching. Thanks for such a beautiful and lovely project.
21: grade: A for final project and overall grade for both of you. Is there no way to save and share this lovely. I'd love to show it to students for the next trip.