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Georgia as a Tourist

July 19, 2012


Georgia as a Tourist                 For most TLG volunteers, the arrival of June signaled two things – the end of the semester and flights out of Georgia to new adventures. Most of my friends were headed back home to see their families but some were headed off to explore nearby countries. I did neither of […]

Packing and Unpacking

June 29, 2012


I’ve always found packing to be incredibly surreal. I’ve done it a lot over the last few years and might argue that I’ve become a relatively skilled packer. Rolling my clothes saves valuable space and I’ve come to enjoy the challenge of fitting everything in my suitcase like they’re pieces to a puzzle. Nonetheless, packing […]

Evidence of Progress

May 30, 2012


One of the most rewarding things about the end of the term is the abundance of evidence that I have made a difference in my school. Any time I spend in the hallways corresponds with a chorus of greetings and pleasantries, often from the shyest students in class. One of my co-teacher’s classes is almost […]

Writing Lesson Plan

May 21, 2012


This ripped-from-the-headlines Lesson Plan has sort of developed over the last few months and I have found that in the chaotic and resource-deprived Georgian classrooms, it helps to calm the class, restore some order and forces all of the students to participate. Two months before I moved overseas and began teaching English, I read an […]

Spring has sprung

May 13, 2012


Between my arrival in Georgia at the end of January and the end of March, my fellow group 32 volunteers and I heard some variation of the phrase “wait until the weather is nice” in response to every one of our proposed weekend Georgian adventures. Restless, bored and eager to explore we clung to one […]

Teach accuracy. No, wait, teach for fluency!

April 18, 2012


My host mother and I share a very challenging 6th grade class. There are two distinct levels – a group of eight students are studying the second Macmillan book and a much louder group of about fifteen students are studying the third Macmillan book. Until a couple of weeks ago, I worked primarily with the […]

Giorgi, Luka, Aleko and Vaso

April 16, 2012


Upon reading an inquiry as to whether English use has increased around me, the faces of four young Georgians popped into my head: Giorgi, Luka, Aleko and Vaso (disclosure – the names of all four students have been changed). When I started teaching at the beginning of February, these four had two things in common […]

Determined to Walk

April 9, 2012


There are 12 kilometers between my house in Tskaltubo and my school in Kutaisi. These 12 kilometers are generally covered in about 15 minutes by either car (in the morning) or marshutka (afternoon). There are four turns between my house and my school but the majority of these 12 kilometers are along the straightaway of […]

A Small Country With a Big Heart

March 20, 2012


As the first few notes of “Mambo number 5” came out over the loudspeakers, my co-teacher grabbed my hand and I was tugged to the dance floor. Within seconds, we were dancing with a majority of the staff from my Kutaisi school. And before the first chorus started, a group of 11th grade boys had […]

Reading Lesson Plan

March 18, 2012


Reading lesson plan – works best with older students who can read relatively well (4th grade and up), but has been successful with lower grades as well. 1st – play the reading game, “Popcorn.” The idea behind “Popcorn” is that students take turns reading out loud and that all of the students follow along silently. […]

Small steps forward

March 15, 2012


Thursday morning saw me sitting quietly at the back of the class, a wide smile plastered on my face, watching as my co-teacher conducted the best class I have observed during my 2+ weeks of teaching in Georgia. All twenty students sat quietly, worked diligently and participated in the class. My co-teacher called on random […]