Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Bonnie Mennell


This paper is an account of a three month teaching assignment in Guatemala in which I examined and tested my assumptions about teaching and learning in light of the techniques I used in the classroom, my lesson preparation and my selection of materials. This is done through the examination of a series of lesson plans which I used in classes of different levels and at different times in the program. I was able to demonstrate through these critiques when my actions supported those assumptions as well as the times when they conflicted or even ignored them. In addition, I was able to suggest changes in my techniques, choice of material or even, at times, my awareness, which would bring my actions more into agreement with my assumptions. What I ultimately found as a result of this examination is that, in general, my assumptions, when substantiated by thoughtful actions, led to the kind of learning and teaching experiences which I had chosen as my personal goal as an effective, caring and perceptive teacher.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | International and Comparative Education