Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA): Traveling - Early Childhood Education, Italy

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Academically, this international study course will give the teacher candidates an opportunity to access many school types and settings not available in Texas, and in some cases, not available in the United States. By investigating the various scho... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
Based on 17 Reviews
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I learned so much while on this trip, about schools and how they teach in Italy and about the history of the cities. I gained a new respect for ELL students, as I just experienced what its like to be in their shoes. I also gained the knowledge about cultural influence, the arts and music put into schools, which is something we d... - Stephen F. Austin State University
Fun experience, I would do it all over again. Learned a lot about schools, definitely worthwhile. Loved visiting schools. - Stephen F. Austin State University
I learned about creating cultural awareness within my classroom and teaching students to accept the diversity of others can to establish a world view in which they see the world as unique and different, without harsh judgement. - Stephen F. Austin State University
How different the learning concepts are over there. - Stephen F. Austin State University
The experience was very worthwhile. I have a new understanding of my ELL students because I got to experience what it is like not to know a language and to be in a new place. The trip also shaped my pedagogy in new ways. - Stephen F. Austin State University
Yes! It was worth every penny, once in a life time. - Stephen F. Austin State University
Absolutely. I loved every minute. I got to eat incredible foreign food that I cannot eat in the US. I got to see buildings that are older than the US. I got to meet amazing teachers, children, and people in general. I learned so many new teaching theories that I will bring back to my classroom in the US. I did not have one bad e... - Stephen F. Austin State University
I am glad I did this study abroad trip. I gained experiences, got to visit my most wanted vacation spot, and learned a lot. - Stephen F. Austin State University
different perspective on the "outside world" - Stephen F. Austin State University
I became more culturally aware and it was completely worthwhile. - Stephen F. Austin State University
Very worthwhile. Lots of cultural activities for your classroom, different styles of teaching. - Stephen F. Austin State University
I got first hand experience in what it feels like to be the minority and how my future ELL students will feel in my classroom. I also learned new techniques and strategies to integrate into my teaching. - Stephen F. Austin State University
I learned the different techniques used in elementary schools use and I plan to use some in my classroom when I begin teaching. - Stephen F. Austin State University
YES! - Stephen F. Austin State University
Yes and no. Yes it was worth it to go for the price we paid. No it was sometimes not worth it because we barely got to see the sites and had to suffer through painful tours that we were not interested in. - Stephen F. Austin State University
Yes it was very worthwhile, I would like to have interacted with kids at the school more than we were allowed to. - Stephen F. Austin State University
I learned so much information about education in another country and how it is similar or different. I also learned a great deal about what it is like to be an "outsider" when it comes to understanding a language. I brought back a lot of very useful information and ideas that I will definitely take into the classroom. - Stephen F. Austin State University

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Academically, this international study course will give the teacher candidates an opportunity to access many school types and settings not available in Texas, and in some cases, not available in the United States. By investigating the various schools and learning the theory behind their practices, the students can then critically analyze the differences and apply the learning to their own teaching experiences. Among the planned activities are visits to the Reggio Emilia and the Montessori Schools, private and public schools and a visit to the Ministry of Education and Sapienza Università di Roma and their Department of Educational Sciences. Cultural activities include guided tours of Milan, Florence, the Vatican and the Vatican museum.

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