Category Archive: Teaching

The Day of the English, and the Pilgrims Hugged the Native Americans.

How do I even begin to describe English Day? I mean, adjectives are easy. Stressful. Chaotic. Loud. Confusing. Educational (?). Red. White. Blue. Cute. Hilarious. Exciting. Messy. Exhausting. Fun. That all describes my… Continue reading

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Family Day.

Recently, in the midst of all 7 billion things I had going on the past two weeks, Gimnasio Moderno Santa Barbara dedicated a Sunday to school Family Day. Family Day was part fair,… Continue reading

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Dia del Profe

Riddle: How many times can one commemorative holiday be observed by a school of 200? Answer: Thus far, maxing out at three, with intentions of four. Colombia’s Día del Profesor (Teacher’s Day) was… Continue reading

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Favorite Things.

It would be easy to sit here and whine about being isolated, teaching a million hours a week, I don’t have internet, the altitude hurts, living here is expensive, 14-year olds suck sometimes,… Continue reading

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Just don’t ask me if I’m fluent.

I’m finally noticing that my Spanish is improving, at least to where it was when I left Ecuador which was definitely my peak of bilingualism (I think I was in Guate for too… Continue reading

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 3

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Dia del Idioma/Language Day

A few sights from school on Tuesday, celebrating the Spanish language with a parade and seriously impressive theater and dance presentations. I’ll upload more in the next few days.

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Sh** Colombians Say, Part 2

A series of posts dedicated to the intricacies of cultural Spanish expressions that offer insight on the Colombian experience. Some may be specific to Latin American Spanish, the Andean region, Colombia, in and… Continue reading

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Why they call me “Teacher” and it’s not weird.

Calling a teacher, “Teacher” in the states sounds anywhere from childish or ignorant to a bit rude. I’ve quoted several times that students call me “Teacher Brighid” at school, and it’s not because… Continue reading

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Rule or Drool: Dia de la Mujer

March 8th was International Women’s Day. I thought it was just a Colombian holiday until I read my friend Natalie’s blog. If you want background, she succinctly lays out the history and other… Continue reading

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