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The Festive Season in Spain

By Jenny | Dec 17, 2019

To complement the mini-series on my podcast: An International Festive Season: Spain episode no. 39 The Festive Season mini-series on my podcast (respecting Diversity In The Class) was fun, insightful and unified a group of ladies from 6 different countries. We gathered at my home one morning for a coffee talk to share the festive …

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The Festive Season in Argentina

By Jenny | Dec 16, 2019

To complement the mini-series on my podcast: An International Festive Season episode no. 38. Some of the foods that Argentines enjoy during this time of year are Panettone, chocottone and Turron.  Panettone is a specialized Italian-style citrus flavored bread with bits of fruit and nuts. It basically a higher-end version of pan dulce, baked in an …

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Teachers kill the to do list!

By Jenny | Dec 7, 2019

How to get rid of the to do list and have a system instead! The days that go well are the ones that I planned well for in advance. Sometimes you get lucky and have an excellent lesson and you are not sure why or how except that you are just so good at what …

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The New Year Celebration in JAPAN

By Jenny | Dec 3, 2019

Episode #37 from the Respecting Diversity in the Class podcast is part II of our mini series on international festive celebrations! We are learning about Japan today with our friend Ayako!  She shares with us what Japanese people do to celebrate the New Year in Japan! We have the chance to hear her speak in …

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The Festive Season in INDIA

By Jenny | Dec 2, 2019

To complement the mini-series on my podcast: An International Festive Season episode no. 36. When celebrating the holiday season, many teachers have the pressure of trying to figure out exactly how to be inclusive, respectful and celebrate. This is the holiday season for almost every culture! The season of ending one year and starting another …

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Part III: Facing Teacher Challenges

By Jenny | Nov 25, 2019

The interview ends with a moment where Rachael shares some super actionable advice for those of you who are worried about teacher burn out and certainly great for first-year teachers! It’s worth your time. If you don’t listen to another full podcast, listen to this one because you will just feel better afterward.  Devon’s Advice …

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The Best of Scotland: Work Songs

By Jenny | Nov 22, 2019

In Episode No. 31 I share all about a Scottish Highland Tradition of the Waulking.  Waulking songs are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while fulling cloth. This practice involved a group of women rhythmically beating newly woven tweed against a table or similar surface to soften it. Simple, beat-driven songs …

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Part II: Facing Teacher Challenges

By Jenny | Nov 18, 2019

This week Rachael and Devon share with us how they moved back to the US where they worked in Public schools in Texas and then the transition to a private school in Brazil. This portion of the interview brings on an entirely different set of differences and challenges that Rachel and Devon had to learn …

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Part I: Facing Teacher Challenges

By Jenny | Oct 24, 2019

Special Podcast guests Rachael and Devon are both international teachers who have faced challenges as teachers in extremely diverse environments.  After our interview, I recognized that they have a lot of lessons to share with other teachers.   Part I: When faced with a new environment and culture as a teacher.  Rachael and Devon volunteered with …

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