Bilingual education facilitates connections beyond the confines of a classroom.
- Valeria Pelet: How did you get into teaching?
- Teresa Chávez: My first passion was poetry. When I was in college, I was also working as a teacher, but as a volunteer. After that, since I was trying to improve my Spanish and I was also clinging to the idea of studying the humanities, I decided to move to Costa Rica. I began to teach, and then I taught in Lima, in Peru, and then in Minneapolis. It was quite a long process to discover that I liked the field of teaching and education.
- Pelet: Why do you think bilingual education is important?….
Planning a new water wall for water play.
With our recent hot weather and popularity of water play at preschool I have been thinking of ways to resurrect our water wall. The water wall was a structure created using a variety of plastic containers drilled onto wooden board in such a way that water is directed in various streams, drips, and flows when poured over-top, and collected in containers below.
This is the (dearly departed) water wall one of my clever colleagues created with the kids some years ago:
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