The Very First Friday Links Round-up

Posted on September 21, 2012 by

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Dear readers, we’re starting a new initiative this year at the TLG Blog. Each week, we’ll compile a list of links we’ve come across in our travels across the Internet. (Essentially, they’ll be everything we wish we would have written ourselves.) While we’d like to share all of our awesome discoveries, we’re going to stick with pieces that are related either to teaching English as a foreign language or any and all things Georgian.

What’s for lunch? Check out this photo essay of school lunches from around the world. (Rice seems popular.)

Our very own Neal Z. has created a Facebook group for people interested in studying the Georgian language.

Thinking about moving to Tbilisi? Looking for a place to live? This piece might help.

Sweden’s Malmö University has a free online library of Caucasus-related journal articles. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in Eurasia and the Caucasus region—particularly politics and linguistics.

Polyphonic choral music is one of the many components of traditional Georgian culture. The Tbilisi State Conservatory operates the International Research Center for Traditional Polyphony, and sponsors an international symposium on polyphonic music every two years.

Photographer Julian Germain visits classrooms and schools all over the world. (Georgia’s not on this list… perhaps next year?) Via The Guardian.

Tales of the Fourth Grade. Artist Judy Gelles interviewed fourth graders across the U.S., India, and China. She asked them three questions: who they lived with, what they wished for, and what they worried about. Their answers might surprise you.

Five ways to motivate teenagers and young adults to volunteer.

A nine-year-old boy in California built an entire arcade out of cardboard, a filmmaker made a movie about it, the film went viral, and kids all over the world were inspired to create stuff with cardboard. Now, there’s a fund called the Caine’s Arcade Imagination Foundation, and they’re going worldwide with the “Global Cardboard Challenge.”  Any money raised goes toward funding projects and scholarships for innovative and creative children. You can also check out the Imagination Foundation’s website here. It’s pretty neat.

Here’s why kids need social interaction to thrive. It’s science! Via Discover Magazine.

Teachers’ expectations in class might (read: probably) influence their students’ performance. Via NPR.

In the event that you feel the need to teach English grammar through song or rap, this video might help. We’re sort of overwhelmed.

And, finally, a short essay on how teachers, regardless of location, can and should work to change the public’s perception of education.

Have you found any excellent articles, essays, or photo collections you think we ought to share? Send them our way.

Cheers!

The TLG Blog Team