Yesterday, our group delivered our final presentation to students and faculty at Universidad Mayor, in which we summarized student grade levels, teacher certification and education programs in the United States. We also discussed and demonstrated the use of interactive read alouds and interactive white boards – two tools we use heavily in the U.S. and have brought with us to Chile. This presentation was well-received, and it was wonderful to share information and have a discussion regarding education in the United States one final time.
Aside from the nitty-gritty details of each of these discussions, I’d like to take a step back and appreciate how extraordinary it has been as a group of future educators to be in Chile discussing education with others that share the same passions. I feel that this is a rare opportunity for many teacher candidates all over the world – to explore and first-hand experience education structures in other parts of the world while sharing their own. This has been a surreal experience, and I know that I will carry this with me for the entirety of my career.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to each and every individual in the universities and schools of Chile who have contributed to my growth and learning as an educator. I will be forever grateful for this experience.