Category Archives: Global Student Teaching

What a Trip

Kia Ora!

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and happy during these unprecedented times. Due to the pandemic, the girls and I returned to the States about a week early. It was a crazy adventure to say the least. Continue reading

The Unthinkable

Kia Ora! Welcome back to my blog! It has been one crazy week! This week I had the lovely ladies of JCL visit me! JCL (Junior Class Learning) is the program that we are here student teaching with. Mary and Judy (the ladies who run the program) came by to see me and to make sure that everything was running smoothly. Always love a visit from them! Continue reading

A Typical Day

Kia Ora ngā mihi. Hello, greeting. Hope everyone had a great week and is having a great weekend. Week 2 here is complete and it has been nothing shy of amazing. I have been doing lots of hands on teaching and really being able to work with these kids one on one to see where they are academically, and see how to improve their understanding of the actual material. Continue reading

Back to School

Kia Ora everyone and welcome back to my blog! That means hello in Maori, which is one language they speak here in New Zealand. What an incredible first week to have here! After the drama of our flights here, Sophia and I made it, safe and sound! For those of you who were concerned with our luggage, the wonderful United ladies got our luggage on the flight so thank goodness.

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And So the Adventure Begins!

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be able to blog while I have this amazing opportunity to student teach in Auckland, New Zealand! Let me start by saying welcome to my blog. I am excited to share my experiences with you all! As I sit here on the plane, waiting for my flight to take off, I am going to start writing my first blog. What a bittersweet feeling!

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Shy and Secretive, Yet Feisty and Territorial

I ran through the crowds, pushing past people as politely as possible and trying not to overturn any strollers.  Around me I heard shrieks and roars but I ignored them all.  Even though the zoo was open late certain habitats still closed early, which meant I had less than thirty minutes before I lost what could very well be my only chance to see a kiwi in the land of the Kiwis. Continue reading

Boom Netting

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand.  My traveling companions and I booked a day tour on a forty-person boat that would take us through a bunch of islands, through the Hole in the Rock formation, let us help drop off supplies at some of the more remote islands, and to swim with dolphins if we could find any.  Unfortunately, the sea was incredibly rough that day and we didn’t get to a lot of our itinerary.  We did not get to swim with dolphins.  We did not get to go through the Hole in the Rock.  We did not get to make deliveries to any of the islands.  We did, however, get to go boom netting. Continue reading

Tea & Pie

I have discovered many wonderful things about New Zealand since arriving a few weeks ago.  The people are incredibly welcoming and friendly.  The accents are delightful.  The weather is gorgeous and everywhere you look the scenery is like something out of a movie.  Schools provide dental care for elementary schoolers.  Currency actually has kiwi birds on it.  There are no snakes anywhere in the entire country.  And every morning, at ten-thirty AM, Wakaaranga School has morning tea. Continue reading

Inconceivable!

On Valentine’s Day I made my first foray into downtown Auckland.  I wasn’t going to visit the Sky Tower, the museum, the zoo, or any of the parks; instead, I was meeting a group of friends at a patch of grass in front of a large stone silo in a semi-industrial park several blocks from the ferry station.  Because Silo Park, as the patch of grass is known, hosts a Valentine’s Day event each year with food and crafts and the greatest movie of all time projected onto the side of the silo: The Princess BrideContinue reading

Of Bees and Accents

When I came to Wakaaranga Primary School, I expected it to be different than any other school I’ve taught at before.  That was, after all, one of my main reasons for coming here to New Zealand: to see a different kind of school and different teaching methods that I can bring home and adapt to my own future classroom.  That being said, I did not expect one of the first things I learned about my new school to be that they kept bees. Continue reading

Goodbye for Now

As I sit on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, writing my last blog for Marymount, it is so hard to believe that my abroad experience is over. I have traveled a lot in my life but I have never been so fully immersed in a culture in the way that I was in New Zealand. I have met people from all over the world, tried new foods, made a few close friends and yes- even though New Zealand is an English speaking country- I have indeed learned heaps of new words. Continue reading

New Zealand Schools

Although I have been lucky enough to have plenty of leisure time to explore Auckland, my main purpose in coming to New Zealand is to student teach. While I assumed that schools in New Zealand may vary from schools in the United States, it quickly became clear just how different the schools are. Continue reading

Kia Ora

Kia ora! That’s hello in Maori, New Zealand’s indigenous language (it would be like us speaking an American Indian language except like 50 years after the colonist settled in America). The Maori language is very much present in culture and students take Maori classes. Many people here are half or full Maori.

I have only been in New Zealand about a week and still very much jet-lagged. Continue reading