GALLIA COUNTY — Students at South Gallia and River Valley High School have special guests in the classroom this week.
Educators from Argentina are visiting schools to learn about American Culture and education system. The program is coordinated between the United States Department of Education, the Ministry of Education of Argentina, and Ohio University.
Multiple Argentinian educators are based out of Athens, Ohio and will sit under seminars at OU and visit schools during their three-week stay to see the American Education System in practice. Patricia Arroyuelo Ojeda and Gabriela Nadia Seco will spend time at South Gallia, observing classes and interacting with staff to learn how and why they do what they do.
“Students here are very quiet and polite, it is amazing to see the size of the classes,” said Seco.
When discussing cultural differences between Southern Ohio and Argentina both educators were surprised by the class sizes, which are usually upwards of 30 in their schools, both in urban areas.
“The technology and resources here are amazing too,” said Ojeda.
Each classroom having a projector and each student having a Chromebook was surprising to them, especially for a rural area.
Ojeda is a vice principal at her school, and asked several questions of Principal Bray Shamblin about structural and organizational practices at SGHS.
“Learning about approaches and methods in the American system is very helpful,” said Ojeda. “We want to see how those are implemented in the schools.”
During seminars at OU they are introduced the methods of education, and then get the chance to see how they are applied in the classroom.
“The Argentinian Exchange Program is a wonderful experience for our students and our teachers,” said Shamblin. “It allows our teachers to be exposed to various educational programs in an international format.”
Educators stay in Athens and are visiting schools in Chillicothe, Federal Hocking, Nelsonville, and River Valley High School. Ojeda and Seco will spend their time learning in the classrooms and seeing the culture of the area while they are here, taking in the OU Homecoming Football game as well.
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