El reto de hacer una práctica en Madrid. 2019-20_Capítulo III: Education

Las prácticas en educación tienen ya una tradición muy larga en nuestro programa. Llevamos colaborando con estos colegios y escuelas más de 10 años, aprovechando la oportunidad que nos ofrecen de poder conocer el funcionamiento de la enseñanza en España. Para los estudiantes el contacto con niños y niñas, de bebés a adolescentes y jóvenes, es una de las formas más interesantes de conocer la cultura española.

Desde el Programa también organizamos desde hace más de veinte años una práctica en la que los estudiantes son profesores de conversación en inglés para estudiantes de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Es una de las actividades que impacta muy positivamente tanto en estudiantes de Tufts Skidmore Spain como los de la UAM

Es fantástico escuchar alguna de las reflexiones que hacen y cómo les ha ayudado a conocer gente de su edad, o también a valorar aspectos de la educación en España, tanto regulada como en programas de apoyo después del colegio. Todas estas experiencias les puede ayudar en su futuro profesional en este campo. Las instituciones señalan mucho la motivación y creatividad de todas participantes, aportando mucha de su experiencia anterior en otras organizaciones o estudios realizados. 

Colegio Santa Isabel

“I absolutely adored my time at el cole while I was in Madrid. I had never worked in a preschool before and was extremely nervous considering most of my experience working with kids lies with elementary and middle school aged students. The teachers and staff at el Colegio Santa Isabel were so welcoming, friendly, encouraging, and made me feel like one of them. I would absolutely recommend working with this amazing institution and it has helped shape me into a better educator and I look forward to using what I have learned in practice as a teacher later in life.” Alexa Rudolph, Tufts. Spring 2020

“I worked with 4 and 5 year olds at Santa Isabel, and it was always the highlight of my week. These children were friendly, bright, curious, and always a joy to work with. The director of the preschool program and the teacher that I worked with in the classroom were both so welcoming and easy to communicate with. I would absolutely recommend this internship to other Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid students.” Sophia Alfred, Tufts. Spring 2020

“Learning about learning is something I never thought I would spend much time doing, but the past 10 weeks at Colegio Santa Isabel have taught me more than I could ever imagine. How certain subjects are valued and taught, the role of religion in a school funded by the church (but with a very diverse student body), as well as constructing relationships with my students are only a few of the many lessons that I have learned. My internship has helped me to exponentially grow my level of intercultural awareness, especially in new and ever-changing situations. It also gave me the chance to place myself in a new and different contact zone of the Spanish language and culture.” Ellen Bowen, Skidmore. Spring 2019

Fundación Balia

“In Fundación Balia, we are doing homework, coloring, playing outside, and doing various activities. It is certainly challenging, as the kids can be quite difficult sometimes. I am getting a lot out of it however, especially the Spanish component (being able to understand and say rapid, short Spanish phrases). Looking at my internship in its entirety, I believe that I have grown as an educator and as a person.” Katie McMurphy, Tufts. Spring 2020.

Clases de conversación en la UAM

“I really enjoyed the times I was able to go to UAM and was sad they were so few. The UAM students were super eager to speak in English and get to know us, it was a great way to meet Spanish students of the same age and I also got to practice some Spanish with them after class. Now I have some new friends I can hopefully keep in touch with!” Catherine Gross, Tufts. Spring 2020

“I really enjoyed the English conversation classes because it was another way to meet and get to know Spanish young people that were not the mentors. I wish we would’ve had more time to get to know our students but classes we did have were really fun.” Elena Chavez, Tufts. Spring 2020

“Even though we’ve only had 3 classes, it has been incredible to see our students’ enthusiasm for learning and speaking English. Since I’m aiming to teach English in Europe for a year after Tufts, gaining lesson-planning and teaching experience has been and will be crucial in helping me achieve that goal.” Emily Lazorchak, Tufts. Fall 2019

“I have enjoyed conversation classes so far and think that they are a great way to connect with young Spanish people my age. I like how flexible the set-up is and have enjoyed improvising activities and discussion topics that best fit the interests of my students. I would recommend it to other students.” Sophie Heckelman, Tufts. Fall 2019

¡Enhorabuena a estudiantes y escuelas por la ilusión y el buen trabajo realizado durante este curso!

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