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Friday, June 13

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    -I am married to Matt, my best friend and crazy life partner. On trips, I manage the money & language and he is the map-reader/guide. I’m going to feel a bit ‘lost’ without him, but it’s a chance for me to grow =) We will celebrate our 3rd anniversary on June 27th (hopefully we’ll have a skype date!)
    -I love to cook, be outside, teach, snowboard, camp, visit museums, and travel. I also LOVE to read (Harry Potter, LOTR, Hunger Games, anything Barbara Kingsolver, Isabel Allende, Lauren Winner, Historical Fiction, Contemporary issues, Women’s Lit, etc.)
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    -I am halfway through my Masters of Education program at The College of New Jersey. I am studying ESL and Bilingual Education.
    That’s all I can think of for now! Feel free to contact me! My skype name is ashley.toms, my email is atoms813@gmail.com, and I’m on Facebook.
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Wednesday, December 4

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    1. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted your teaching?
    -Unfortunately, I don't have my own class to teach, but I am a teacher assistant at a local middle school where I work with two 8th grade classrooms. I have been able to apply most of the great advice received, directly and indirectly, from everyone in the group. For instance, I have applied Danielle's strategy: "Control the leader of the "Click" and you will have the control of all the others", with the troublesome students in the classroom. Moreover, beside the great advice, learning about the structure of a lesson plan and how to construct one, has been of great advantage in my Teacher Preparation course. The object of the course is to introduce us to the thinking process of a teacher in order to motivate the students. We explore the role of literacy in content area learning as well as a number of other factors that affect how students engage in school tasks. I believed in Costa Rica I became aware of most of the topics we discuss in class. Therefore, this experience, has given the capability to retrieve information I once discussed with different members of the group while I was creating my lesson plan, in order to bring up a different idea into the class discussion or reinforce the one that is being discussed. For instance, when we were discussing in class about using the students experiences as resources, in order to connect the class material more into the students lives, for the purpose of motivation to them. I immediately remember my lesson plan and thought about the idea of why I had integrated the topics about leather back turtles into my lesson plan.
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    but not aboutin other states. Now, I like toinvestigate and keep up and investigate aboutwith programs and their benefits for me onceinstitutions that are options after graduating. Moreover, everything that I graduate. Not to be sound likebecame aware of, whether it was about the education system in america, strategies that some of these teachers used in their classroom, the structure of a selfish person, butlesson plan, the education system in orderCosta Rica, the different schooling provided to bedifferent regions in Costa Rica, etc. I have been able to find a jobshare it in a stable placemy TE (teacher preparation) courses with my colleagues. Many of the things that I will enjoywe discuss in the future,class deal with something experienced in orderCosta Rica. I think of this trip as an introduction to help the youthtopics discuss in my TE. Furthermore, as a native spanish speaker, I was able to embrace some of the their Spanish slang and share it with others around me. I love learning such words, because its a great icebreaker when you meet someone from that areaparticular country. Additionally, not only was I able to appreciate education.embrace the language, but every other aspect of the countries culture. This experience impacted my life in so many ways at times I think about writing a book about my experience.
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    -It has expanded my outreach for future support as an educator. I know that as a future teacher, before trying to apply something into my classroom I will always be able to count on any of this teachers and other individuals I meet on the trip. Moreover, it introduce me to the thinking process of an educator, by providing me with the opportunity to build a lesson plan for my first time. I learned about the structure of a lesson plan and how to apply mathematics to a real life math concept. Most importantly, I was able to witness how a solution for a word's issue can initiate by educators embedding such ideas into their students. Therefore, this has motivated me to continue this profession in order to motivate students to become aware that with education is the key for a better world.
    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
    -I will present with Anna, Amy, and Lauren on March 19 to a group of freshmen and sophomores from Michigan State Universtity who are part of the Global Educators Cohort Program. The presentation is being advertised as "The Millennium Development Goals and Global Education." This presentation will take place at the monthly GIFT (Global Initiatives for Teachers) session from 6-8pm in Erickson at MSU.
    7. You have a class of students (middle or high school) who have never heard of Costa Rica. In 250 words or less, please provide an overview of Costa Rica and its people.
    -Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country located in central america, between Nicaragua and Panama. The country is recognize for its Biodiversity preservation, the abolition to its army, the happy, friendly culture. Therefore this ranks Costa Rica as one of the top preferable destinations for individuals who plan to either retire or travel. Tourism is one of the its fastest growing economic sectors. English is seen as the second langues due to its usage in most of its tourist areas, however Spanish is necessary.
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Tuesday, November 26

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    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
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    all the others". others", with the troublesome students in the classroom. Moreover, beside the great advice, learning about the structure of a lesson plan and how to construct one, has been of great advantage in my Teacher Preparation course. The object of the course is to introduce us to the thinking process of a teacher in order to motivate the students. We explore the role of literacy in content area learning as well as a number of other factors that affect how students engage in school tasks. I believed in Costa Rica I became aware of most of the topics we discuss in class. Therefore, this experience, has given the capability to retrieve information I once discussed with different members of the group while I was creating my lesson plan, in order to bring up a different idea into the class discussion or reinforce the one that is being discussed. For instance, when we were discussing in class about using the students experiences as resources, in order to connect the class material more into the students lives, for the purpose of motivation to them. I immediately remember my lesson plan and thought about the idea of why I had integrated the topics about leather back turtles into my lesson plan.
    2. Have you been able to implement your curriculum module (yes or no)? Please provide details.
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    4. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you personally?
    -This experience has reinforce the reason why I want to become a teacher. By given the opportunity to work with experience educators, I was able to hear the pros and cons of becoming one in American public schools. I have to admit, I was aware of some of the things in the state of Michigan, but not about other states. Now, I like to keep up and investigate about programs and their benefits for me once I graduate. Not to be sound like a selfish person, but in order to be able to find a job in a stable place that I will enjoy in the future, in order to help the youth of that area to appreciate education.
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
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Sunday, November 24

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    Edgar Eddie"Eddie" Reynoso
    Project: Math Lesson Plan
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    Meeting: Sunday, 24 2013.
    How are you? How are things going this semester?
    -Despite the fact that my schedule consist of: wake up, eat, study, class, class, study,eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat. I am great and loving everything about life at the moment! I have been given the opportunity to become a student supervisor at my job. Finally! After three years...Yes! Also, I am applying to become an intercultural aid in the dormitories of the campus. The goal of intercultural aids, is to assist first year students to confront the struggles of transitioning from high-school to MSU, specially for those international and first generation college students. I believe I have some qualities that can make me a good candidate for this position, so cross your fingers so that I can get the position. Please!...Thank you! Moreover, I WISH I WAS BACK IN COSTA RICA! Specially now the the winter is coming...
    1. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted your teaching?
    -Unfortunately, I don't have my own class to teach, but I am a teacher assistant at a local middle school, where I work with two 8th grade classrooms. I have been able to apply most of the great advice received, directly and indirectly, from everyone in the program. For instance, I have applied Danielle's strategy of "Control the leader of the "Click" and you will have the control of all the others".
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    4. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you personally?
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
    7. You have a class of students (middle or high school) who have never heard of Costa Rica. In 250 words or less, please provide an overview of Costa Rica and its people.

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    That’s pretty much all I can think of for now. However, I am extremely excited to get to know each and every single one of you all.
    Edgar Eddie Reynoso
    Lesson Plan:
    -The purpose of this lesson plan is to teach about surface area and volume of three and two dimensional figures, while integrating two of the objectives, eradicate loss of biodiversity and reforestation, from the seventh Millennium
    Project: Math Lesson Plan
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    Development Goal.
    Subject: Mathematics; Geometry and Advance Geometry
    Grade: 7th
    Topic/Big Idea:
    How do you calculate the surface area & volume of different two and three-dimensional figures?
    How can
    Goal math be applied in a real world issue.
    Why is it important to protect the forest and biodiversity?
    Guiding Question(s):
    How do you calculate the area of triangles, quadrilaterals, cubes, right prisms and polygons?
    Should a country protect and be concern about the country's surface area & volume of underground soil that is under protection?
    Standard:
    CCSS.Math.Content.7.G.B.6 Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, volume and surface area of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms.
    Learning Objectives:
    -Students will be able to:
    Understand the reasoning behind the formulas given to calculate the circumference of a circle, area of a circle, volume of a cylinder, pyramid and cone.
    Calculate the surface area of diverse two and three dimensional figures.
    Calculate the volume of diverse two and three dimensional figures.
    Use geometric measurements to calculate the surface area & volume of underground soil that is covered by forest in given scenarios
    Lesson Content:
    -For the past 25 years, Costa Rica has focused on conserving and protecting the country’s natural resources, due that by only representing 0.03%, it hosts 4% of the total species that live on the surface of the earth ( 13 to 14 million species ). This has made the country recognizable worldwide. The country goal was reinforced in the 2000, when the United Nations created the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), which consists of eight goals with 21 targets, and a series of measurable indicators for each target. The seventh goal deals with insuring environmental sustainability, which targets the reduction of biodiversity loss.
    -In response, the country has been able to slowly reforest areas all over its territory. The forest coverage of the country has reached the 51.3%, which places the country along the few others that have fulfilled this achievement, and makes it the only country to have accomplished this in Central America. The way they have fulfill this achievement, has been by creating multiple laws that have contributed to minimize deforestation and loss of biodiversity. Moreover, it is believed that “La Ley Forestal 7575”, passed in 1996, which introduces “el Pago de Servicios Ambientales” (PSA), has been the most successful law in regards to this issue. The law consists on providing economic assistance to any owner of a forest, plantation forest, or Agroforestry systems that contributes to the preservation or proper usage of the land.
    After a brief discussion of Costa Rica's reforestation & preservation improvements and achievements, mathematics will be applied to this topic by providing the students with problems that deals with calculating the surface area and volume of an invented mountainous regions, with three dimensional figures, from a reservation or national park from Costa Rica, as well as to find the volume of such figures.
    Diagnostic Assessment:
    - This activity will provide information about each student’s prior knowledge before introducing new material. The instructor will be able to determine if the students are mentally ready to move on to the new material or if there is a need to go over the definition of what area and volume are and other pre-components.
    Each student will receive a wooden Popsicle stick with both round ends cut off, in form of a thin 3 dimensional rectangular prism. The rectangular prism Popsicle sticks will have different patterned colored areas, (It does not matter if some of them are identical). Students will then utilize a ruler and measure the colored areas dimensions in centimeters to solve for the surface area and volume,(if any), of the Popsicle they obtained. Also, the student will be ask to write down the method or strategy they used to solve the problem and write it on the board with their name at the end.
    Formative Assessment:
    -This activity will allow the educator to discover the gaps of what the student is learning and what he is struggling with. Therefore, he will be able to go back and clarify anything that one or several students have not yet understand from the new material being introduced.
    After every formula or concept covered, there will be brief follow up quiz problem related to the covered material that the students will have to answer. Then, each student will share their answer to the class. Whether there is a student with a different answer or not, we will go over the quick problem step-by-step. Meanwhile, the conversation of the two objectives: eradicate loss of biodiversity and reforestation will be brought up by integrating the topic into these quiz problems.
    Summative assessment:
    -This activity will provide information to the instructor to measure their understanding of the subjects previously covered in class.
    Students will be grouped and assigned a surface area and volume word problem that integrates the two objectives being target. As a team they will have to answer the problem, and whichever team finishes first will obtain less homework than the other groups.
    Lesson Activities:
    Opening:
    -Activating Strategy: The instructor will begin the class with a diagnostic assessment. He will hand each student a Popsicle stick with cut off edges, which will have a form of a thing 3 dimensional rectangular prism. Each Popsicle stick will randomly have distinct colored surface (It does not matter if some of them are identical). Students will then utilize a ruler and measure the colored areas dimensions in centimeters to solve for the surface area and volume,(if any), of the Popsicle they obtained. Also, the student will be ask to write down the method or strategy they used to solve the problem and write it on the board with their name at the end.
    -A brief discussion about the methods and strategies used by the students will follow. This will give the instructor opportunity to cover pre-concepts that students need before beginning with the coverage of the new material. For example, if a student does not have an idea on how to approach the activity, the instructor can briefly go over what the definition of area, surface area, and volume, and write them on the board for future reference. The teacher can write the definitions on the board, so that if the student does not understand the new material that the teacher will be writing down and introducing on the board, he can refer back to the definition.
    Main Activity:
    -The instructor will teach the formulas to calculate the surface area & volume of two- and three-dimensional objects composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, cubes, and right prisms utilizing real life environmental objects, so that students can begin to think of how math can be applied to real life situations. For instinct, instead of simply using a three dimensional cylindrical image, the instructor can utilize a cut off trunk of a three in shape of a cylinder or assimilate the hills, mountains, and volcanoes of Costa Rica to the tree dimensional figures being target.
    Example:
    During 2005, over 410,000 m^3 of forest were consume due to the high demand of wood in the market. The trunks had to be 4m long with a radius of half a meter in order to be exported out from the woods by the trucks. What would the volume of one trunk be?
    -The instructor will solve area, surface area, and volume word problem with the students that integrate Costa Ricans progress in regards to the country total surface area that has been reforest and is currently under protection for biodiversity.
    Example:
    A herpetologist has detected a reduction on the deepness of the wholes the leather-back turtles make to lay their eggs. Assume a regular leather-back turtles nest would consist of half sphere shape dig 80 cm into the sand with a radius of 33 mm.1 Suppose the new leather-back turtle nest he saw had a radius half the ones he was used to. What is the difference in volume of the new nest the herpetologist has notice?
    -Then, the instructors will utilize the jigsaw strategy to continue with the main activity. He will create three “expert” groups of students. One will represent members of a community, the second co-owners of a turtle tour company and finally the third one will represent a group of environmentalists. Each group will be assigned a set of individual questions with a map. After, smaller “reporting” groups will be derived from the “expert” groups, composed of three members, one from each “expert” group. There they will teach some of the problems they solved in their “expert” groups as well as discuss some questions that will be provided to them (see attachment)
    Closing
    -After having the class discussion the instructor will ask each student from the small groups or one student from each small group (depending on the time left), to share something new they learned after the lesson. Also, the instructor can ask one of the three main questions under Topic/Big idea.
    Materials:
    Maps of “Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas” (see attached)
    Popsicle sticks.
    Paper and pencil
    Ruler
    Resources:
    **http://www.seaturtles911.org/turtle/leatherback.htm**
    **http://costa-rica-guide.com/Natural/MarinolasBaulas.html**
    **https://maps.google.com/**
    **http://www.costarica-nationalparks.com/lasbaulasnationalmarinepark.html**
    **http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/7/G**
    **http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/MDG/english/MDG%20Country%20Reports/Costa%20Rica/Costa%20Rica_MDGReport_2010_SP.pdf**
    **http://www.jigsaw.org/overview.htm**
    INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAIN ACTIVITY (attachment)
    The instructor will create three “expert” groups, one group will represent a community group near the coast of Playa Grande, that believe eating turtle eggs is beneficial for one’s health, another one will represent a turtle tour guide company group of co-owners, and lastly one will represent park environmentalists that want to protect the turtle eggs from becoming extinct. Each group will receive a map that demonstrates a portion of the “Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas”, where leather-back turtles lay their eggs. Along, each group will have different questions that will consist on area, surface area, or volume, which ultimately will deal with the leather-back turtles. The instructor will give students time for them to work on the assignment.
    -This are examples of the questions that can be provided in the hand out map to each “expert” group that will make them practice the mathematical concepts, while giving them a perspective of the relationship the group they are representing have with the turtles.
    Park environmentalists:
    What is the total area of a round plastic plate found in the stomach of a dead leatherback turtle, which had a diameter of 3in?
    What would be the total amount of sand removed, if you want to create a rectangular prism canal from a turtle nest to the ocean, which will have a width of 6in, height of 3in, and length of 15 ft?
    What is the total surface area of 70 turtle eggs on a nest found in X location, that had dimension similar to a billiard balls, 2 ¼ inches in diameter?
    Co-owners:
    What will the total surface are of the ATV tour trail that will pass next to the turtle nest, which will be 4ft wide and about 1 mile long?
    What is the total volume of the ticket stand what will be constructed 200m from the nests of the leather-back turtles?
    The tour company wants to build a pentagon prism like building on top of a huge rock, where tourist will be able to appreciate Playa Ventanas and Playa Grande from a higher altitude, what would the area of the foundation be if each side of the foundation is 2m long?
    Community members:
    What would be the surface area of the buckets where the turtle eggs will be deposit?
    The circles in white mark the community area that is believed to have the most individuals that consume turtle eggs. With the ruler measure the diameter of the circle and determine the total area of both circles.
    After, the instructor will create smaller “reporting” group, which will consists of one member from each of the three “expert” groups. Then, the students will be asked to share one of the problems they solved in their main group and explain the process of it. Then, the students will be given a certain amount of time to discuss the following questions:
    if the population of leather-back turtle disappears…
    How would this affect you?
    Who would be the responsible for it?
    What can be done to prevent this?
    -Finally, the instructor will create a class discussion with these questions and ask each “reporting” small group to share some of their answers.
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    Upside - I have been thinking a whole lot about teaching strategies and am better about planning lessons that are interactive. I am also thinking a lot about what having a global perspective means. And, like Heidi, it made me want to travel more. And to speak Spanish more!
    Downside - my grades in my MBA program suffered but I passed, and am done! Also, I am in physical therapy for a chronic neck problem that came from one of those crazy bus rides or non-existent pillows... Sharon
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    It has definitely motivated me to work hard and try to be better every day. I want to do this all the time of course, but it is nice to be able to reflect on this experience - when I am finding things difficult as a reminder. I find I am also more aware of myself and others as well. -Lauren

    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    I was inspired and challenged by the many great teachers on the trip, and I learned a whole lot about the art of teaching from you. It has made me a more confident educator. - Sharon
    Our trip has impacted my professionally by bettering my Spanish-speaking abilities, being able to teach about the culture of Costa Rica by explaining first-hand experiences, and by being in the "students' shoes" again and realizing how important it is to not simply teach grammar and vocabulary. -Heidi
    It gave me the opportunity to be around practicing teachers and work with them. Through this, I think I was able to mature professionally and found I was better able to understand and adjust to being in a professional setting this year. I really felt like a teacher when I came back ;-). -Lauren

    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
    None yet.- Heidi
    7. You have a class of students (middle or high school) who have never heard of Costa Rica. In 250 words or less, please provide an overview of Costa Rica and its people.
    Costa Rica, bordered by Nicaragua and Panama and the Caribbean and Pacific, is known for its rich eco-tourism industry, its friendly Tico culture and its coffee. It is a popular retirement and tourist destination for many Americans and Europeans. Perhaps not as well know, and far more intriguing, is Costa Rica’s unique development charter, which seems to be working. Currently, its ambitious goal is to be carbon-neutral by 2020 in order to combat climate change. It is the only country in the world that has articulated such a goal. The national government is developing policies and initiative to limit the carbon output of the country (predominantly from burning fossil fuels and reducing its waste stream) while also increasing carbon sequestration (primarily through increasing forest cover).
    This is not the only unique policy that this country has. It also disbanded its military in 1948, choosing to invest its resources in education and healthcare instead. It has mandated 50/50 gender balance in all governmental bodies. These kinds of policies would be challenging for the richest countries to meet. Yet Costa Rica is pursuing the course of peace and sustainability while at the same time dealing with the challenges of any developing nation. And it seems to be succeeding. What can we learn from Costa Rica’s experience?

    8. Sundays seem to work best for the group. Please let us know which Sunday in December works best for another follow-up meeting:
    December 8
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    Ash
    And from Anna: I put my responses on my personal page. For meetings, either the 15th or the 22nd would be better for me, since the 8th is the Sunday before finals week and I am guaranteed to be incredibly busy that day.
    1. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted your teaching?
    I’ve been able to introduce real artifacts from CR into my teaching, including presentations, songs, documents, etc. It has also helped me to develop creative, authentic experiences for my students. My students have responded very positively!
    2. Have you been able to implement your curriculum module (yes or no)? Please provide details.
    Well, my curriculum module spans the entire year, but I have been able to implement the first part and it was a great success. My Spanish 3Honors students engaged in a problem-based learning assessment centered on Dyalah Calderon de la O’s presentation in the MEP (where she shared that 2/3 of students who start high school don’t finish). Students researched and planned for 4 days and then presented their solutions to the class. Students in class critiqued their peers’ presentation, and then voted to send the best presentation to the MEP. It was a thrilling experience for me as an educator, and student surveys indicated that they enjoyed the project very much!
    3. What support could the GPA leadership team provide to help you implement your curriculum?
    None that I can think of at this time. Although, a list of contact information from people we met in country could be helpful if at all possible! Having our journals could also be helpful.
    4. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you personally?
    I felt that the trip refreshed me and gave me a renewed sense of purpose in my teaching. I learned so much that I wanted to share with my students…and I was excited to return and begin creatively sharing with my students.
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    I learned a great deal from the formal and informal conversations with my colleagues on the trip; the conversations have led me to try new strategies, implement new ideas, etc. in my classroom. I’ve also been able to share these ideas with my colleagues here in NJ, which helps me to be a better co-worker.
    6. Have you given any presentations (formal or informal) since your return to the U.S.? Please include a presentation title, date, target audience, number of attendees, location (e.g. school departmental meeting)
    No. However, I did submit a video of my students presenting their solution to my PBL curriculum module to the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (November / 2013).
    7. You have a class of students (middle or high school) who have never heard of Costa Rica. In 250 words or less, please provide an overview of Costa Rica and its people.
    If I were to present in English, I would say something like:
    Costa Rica is a developing country located in Central America. Known for its tourism, beaches, and coffee, Costa Rica is a diverse ecological country which boasts some of the happiest citizens in the world, a strong commitment to sustainability, no military, an extremely high literacy rate, and a firm resolve to ensure quality primary education to all citizens. From the shore to the mountains and the rainforests to the cities, Costa Ricans, or Ticos, are proud of their country and vocal about their government’s decisions. Many Ticos would gladly invite you to try their fruits, vegetables, typical dishes, and coffee as they narrate their country’s history for you or talk to you about current events. Competing international interest in Central America, and Costa Rica specifically, will probably play an important role as Costa Rica seeks to continue to modernize and join the developed world in more and more ways.
    8. Probably any of those Sundays.

    Curriculum: {Costa Rica curriculum Seto.docx}
    This is a picture of me with a group of students from the UWC-USA www.uwc-usa.org a couple of weeks ago. The tallest is my son, Robin, who will graduate from high school in June. We were at m
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    It has definitely motivated me to work hard and try to be better every day. I want to do this all the time of course, but it is nice to be able to reflect on this experience - when I am finding things difficult as a reminder. I find I am also more aware of myself and others as well. -Lauren
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
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    - Sharon
    Our trip has impacted my professionally by bettering my Spanish-speaking abilities, being able to teach about the culture of Costa Rica by explaining first-hand experiences, and by being in the "students' shoes" again and realizing how important it is to not simply teach grammar and vocabulary. -Heidi
    It gave me the opportunity to be around practicing teachers and work with them. Through this, I think I was able to mature professionally and found I was better able to understand and adjust to being in a professional setting this year. I really felt like a teacher when I came back ;-). -Lauren
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    None yet.- Heidi
    7. You have a class of students (middle or high school) who have never heard of Costa Rica. In 250 words or less, please provide an overview of Costa Rica and its people.
    Costa Rica is a Central American country that is located in between Nicaragua and Panama. An interesting fact that most Costa Ricans are proud of is the fact it does not have a military. The current president is a woman. It is well-known for its eco-tourism industry and coffee is a huge export. In general Costa Ricans are family-oriented, soccer fans, and welcoming to visitors. Costa Ricans call themselves ticos. Spanish is the native language. The country is mountainous, but is also well-known for great beaches. Gallo pinto is a staple at many households for breakfast. It is black beans and rice. -Heidi
    8. Sundays seem to work best for the group. Please let us know which Sunday in December works best for another follow-up meeting:
    December 8
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    December 22
    December 15 works the best for me. Heidi
    Dec 15 is good.
    Hi friends! I'm so sorry, I have to work this afternoon =(. I don't know where you want us to put our responses....but here are my answers!
    Happy early Thanksgiving!
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    3. What support could the GPA leadership team provide to help you implement your curriculum?
    I wish I knew more about Panama because as we compared progress on MDGs, Panama seems to be doing as well as CR, and I don't know enough to respond to questions about how their development strategy differs. Any ideas? - Sharon
    At this point I don't think there is any support I need. -Heidi
    I don't think that I really need any support at this point. I felt pretty confident with the unit that I designed, so I will just have to see how it rolls out next semester. I am excited to share the outcomes with you all though! ~Danielle
    Not much at this point. The team helped me put the unit together so that I would be ready to teach it when the time came. Other than the few adjustments I need to make, I'm ready to go! -Lauren

    4. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you personally?
    Upside - I have been thinking a whole lot about teaching strategies and am better about planning lessons that are interactive. I am also thinking a lot about what having a global perspective means. And, like Heidi, it made me want to travel more. And to speak Spanish more!
    Downside - my grades in my MBA program suffered but I passed, and am done! Also, I am in physical therapy for a chronic neck problem that came from one of those crazy bus rides or non-existent pillows... Sharon

    Mostly our trip has made me want to travel more and experience more of other cultures. Heidi
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    this experience - when I
    5. How has the Costa Rica GPA experience impacted you professionally?
    I was inspired and challenged by the many great teachers on the trip, and I learned a whole lot about the art of teaching from you. It has made me a more confident educator. - Sharon
    Our trip has impacted my professionally by bettering my Spanish-speaking abilities, being able to teach about the culture of Costa Rica by explaining first-hand experiences, and by being in the "students' shoes" again and realizing how important it is to not simply teach grammar and vocabulary. -Heidi
    It gave me the opportunity to be around practicing teachers and work with them. Through this, I think I was able to mature professionally and found I was better able to understand and adjust to being in a professional setting this year. I really felt like a teacher when I came back ;-). -Lauren
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