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VIF Teacher Shares about her country, Colombia!

Mrs. Rativa and her first grade class.

My name is Elena Rativa, I am from Bogotá, Colombia. Bogotá is the capital city, it is a big city almost 7,363.782 of people live there. There are different places you can go and activities you can do in Bogotá. We do not have seasons in Colombia, The weather is spring-like all year, with highs around 70 degrees and cool, pleasant nights. There are a lot of restaurants in Bogotá in which you can find different kinds of foods. One of my favorite food is “Ajiaco” it is a kind of soup, it is served with rice and avocado.
Now I am going to tell you about my teaching experience, I have been teaching for 15 years. I came to North Caroling to teach five year ago. While teaching and living here has been a great experience for my family and me. I have had the opportunity to meet kind and friendly people inside and outside the school.
I used to teach in a bilingual private Catholic school in Bogotá. Schools in Colombia are different from schools here in America. In Colombia we have elementary, middle and high school in the same building, students have different recess and lunch schedules, students wear uniforms from kindergarten to high school. All students begin to study at 7:00 am and all of them finish at 3:30pm. There are no buses in the schools only in private schools. Teaching in Colombia differs from teaching in The United States in ways such as, homeroom teachers do not spend the whole day in the same classroom, they are divided according to the subjects they teach, for example if a teacher teaches Mathematics, she goes to 3 or 4 classes in the same grade level. Teachers do not have workdays; conferences with parents are usually on Saturday.
Teaching is the best experience ever I love to teach and share with my students about my culture and learn about theirs.

Written by: Mrs. Rativia, First Grade VIF Teacher
Posted: Jan 03, 2013 by Mona Diggs

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