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Re: [teacherartexchange] Hi Maggie - Where are You ?


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 12:57:39 PDT

Maggie - So wonderful to hear that you are settled in in Quito. As a
kid I used to listen
to a short wave broadcast from there and wondered what it would be
like to live in
such a high altitude smack on the equator. Do post your adventures
from time to time
so we can live vicariously through your e-mails. I'm sure adjusting
to the mild climate
is a real change from Arizona. And, give the large screen mac a
chance - in time you
will be in love with it. Teaching English huh ? I'm not sure I could
teach anything other
than art - I'd have to know something. I can fake it in an art class.
Do shoot some pics
and send them our way. I know you can't send them directly to the
list but you will find
a way.
                                Stay Warm, Woody

On Sep 15, 2008, at 4:28 AM, wrote:

> Hi, Woody (and everyone else),
> Yes, I've been in Ecuador for a month now. The first week was
> spent looking for an apartment
> with school personnel to assist with negotiations and moving. My
> apartment is in the hills
> above the city proper; it has one bedroom, a fireplace in the
> living room, and complete
> kitchen. There's also a big terrace with a nice view, which is
> where I like to spend time if
> the sun is out. For me, it's quite chilly here, and as there is no
> central heating, I am
> usually bundled up even indoors. Actually, there's little
> difference between indoor and
> outdoor temps! The last few days have been mostly sunny, and I sat
> out on the terrace this
> weekend grading papers.
> Classes started two weeks ago. Mine are very small, 13 or 14
> students per. They are very
> friendly and polite, and I'm enjoying them so far. The school is
> huge but well-run, and we
> don't have the miserable education policies of the Bush
> administration to deal with. I teach
> ninth-grade English. The students are quite bright, but their
> English grammar isn't as good
> as I had imagined it would be, so I definitely have my work cut out
> for me this year.
> I'd forgotten what a well-run school was like. There are several
> layers of administration so
> that I'm never quite sure who to report to, but every administrator
> has been more than helpful
> and welcoming. Since all teacher tasks are done on the computer,
> they spend a LOT of time
> trying to teach me how to do all this stuff. I have a brand-new,
> giant-screen Mac that is the
> envy of all, though I find it quite annoying. I was hoping for an
> old PC.
> The school sends a bus to pick us up; I have to walk about two
> blocks downhill to meet it, and
> of course two blocks UPHILL to go home. At an elevation of nearly
> 2400m, I'm getting some
> really good exercise in very thin air. There is a huge park very
> nearby where I go on
> weekends to hike and do some birding and sketching. It took a few
> days to become reacquainted
> with altitude, but I can chug up hills pretty well now without
> gasping. Unfortunately, my
> free time has been spent grading the students' summer projects and
> their diagnostic tests, so
> haven't become reacquainted with Quito yet. That will be this
> coming weekend; I've decided
> I'm just going to play tourist.
> Maggie

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