English Festival in San Francisco de Coyote

Institutional Spelling Bee Contest

We had our  institutional spelling bee competition  like three  weeks ago in a comfy air-conditioned room and it went as smooth as it could possibly go  .

Spelling Bee

We had  over 20  participants but at the end of the day, it came down to three  and they were crowned as the winners of the contest to represent the institution in the circuital competition.

Spelling Bee - Coyote

Circuital English Festival and spelling bee competition

The finalists this time  were school and highschool students from neighboring communities so  new faces and talents  were there to surprise us  and remind us that if teachers and students work hard , great things can be achieved.

We  had the spelling bee contest , a little bit of singing  , speeches and  the awards  for particpants and winners  and also a little bit of rain which kept us from having two more presentations but everything made all the hard work worth it.

We are deeply grateful  for the help  of  the administrative staff , fellow teachers , supporters and students  because without  them , none of this would have been possible .


Thoughts on Teaching : Literary Criticism + Didactic and Multimedia Resources Workshop

Cohelo - Quotes

Teaching in the university is always a pleasure since it was my  first home in my professional career and it is not just a place where I go  so I can cash a check at the end of the month. Teaching future educators is always a huge responsibilty as the whole Costa Rican education system falls through if we university teachers neglect our responsibilities toward them.

Thoughts on Teaching Literary Criticism

Sponge Bob

I used to be that type of person who didn’t enjoy reading but as years passed, I  changed my mind and now I strongly believe that reading replaces ignorance with enlightment and intellegence. I personally read several books  during this four – month period as I wanted to become a better practictoner of  what I preach /teach and I will continue  to do so since  this new hobby or entertainment is now embedded in me.

There were many lessons in the different  readings such as the love that Jim and Bella  had for each other in the Gift of Magi as a true key for success for marriages and couples, the touching story of Maggie in the Angel in Disguise short story, the importance of being true in all situations as we read in the Cactus among the many lessons which could be found in the short stories that we read or talk about.

I  sincerely hope that  the central message of the Alchemist  is the fate of all of you as you try to teach , empower , bless and change individuals  through the power of your teaching and example.

The Alchemist Quotes

English will always be a mean of communication that we sometimes see a subject but reading books is a proof that it is not.

THOUGHTS ON Teaching the Didactic and Multimedia Resources workshop

The Future Educators
Me with the Future Educators

Classes can be anything but extraordinary in some ocassions but it requires extraordinary teachers to obtain extraordinary results in  a world where the  internet and the availabilty of new technologies keep changing the rules of the game. English teaching is about  being proficient in the language and having what it takes to teach and the very last class was a sample of that potential that all educators have because the power is in within all of us , we just have to dig deeper and find it.

Finally I just wanna show you the reaction of how students feel and act  when they realize is the last class of the quarter.

giphy Uptown Funk

Life at Orotina : Always Looking up

Nicoya - Orotina

On March 27th , I took  another call from the Ministry of  Public Education , uncertain about what to expect , because  it can be a  call to teach  anywhere in Costa Rica , fortunately they offered me Orotina, a place that I have had on the back of my mind for a while  and which is 150 kilometers from Nicoya. I told them to call me back within five minutes so I could google a bit about my possible workplace and  after checking some links , I discovered  that the Colegio Tecnico Profesional Ricardo Castro Beer was in Orotina Downtown so I  decided  to take a chance and move there.

I started on April 1st and it has been quite awesome,  I teach 39  lessons every week  and I even have enough free time for a day  off  during the week , can it get any better than that? Absolutely but  I am happy man because I have made it , I am in !  I can’t complain, I am working  for the MEP.

Oh this has gotta be the good life

This has gotta be the good life 

This could really be a good life, good life 

(One Republic)