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Georgian Educational Perspectives

November 21, 2012 by


One of our missions as foreign volunteers in Georgia is to exchange cultural perspectives, especially on education. Exchange is apparently a two-way street, so when I’m not bloviating about kids these days running in the halls and touching me with their filthy hands I make it a point to listen to, and try to understand, […]

Reflections on the First Week

November 13, 2012 by


My class size ranges from 4 to 7 children, and while one would think that means classroom management is not a problem, that is not always the case. Fortunately, TLG gave adequate forewarning that Georgian teachers’ methods of maintaining order could be very different than their western counterparts’. Now, rather than being shocked by the […]

The Co-Teacher Experience

October 31, 2012 by


Stepping into the classroom on my first working day in Georgia was an experience that I had anticipated, but this anticipation did not make the experience any less awkward. There was this classroom full of new students jumping to their feet in order to greet their first foreign English teacher, a classroom full of students […]

Old Dog…New Tricks

October 21, 2012 by


I arrived in Georgia earlier this year in February. I was placed in Khashuri, which at the time was one of the coldest and most demanding places I had been considering I had never seen snow, let alone experienced a winter that cold. You may be asking yourself why I’m telling you about something that […]

Get Well Soon!

October 18, 2012 by


I would be the first to admit that I have no experience teaching children anything. I have plenty of experience teaching adults and teens, but that seems to be a whole different game. Adults have reason and logic, children have curiosity, energy and really short attention spans. Especially the younger they get, which was why […]

you fantastic

September 29, 2012 by


Welcome to Laituri village school. With 500 students we are big for a village school and occupy a building just across from the village church. The school is a monumental concrete structure with aluminum siding, around an inner courtyard where cows graze. In front are a row of pines so narrow, tall, straight and fuzzy-needled […]

My new (school) year resolutions

September 19, 2012 by


I have changed schools this year. I preface this only because it means I will be given a clean start with new students. The school I first arrived at in January was full of eager pupils, excited to learn English from a man of mystery and American clothes. It was though, my first experience teaching […]

This School Year, I Will Eat Fewer Students

September 18, 2012 by


I always find it entertaining when New Years rolls around and people ask you, “so what are your New Years resolutions?” I always give the most limp-wristed response I can come up with at that moment; “this year, I will try and put less jam on badgers.” But I was thinking, about starting a new […]

Thanks Fine

July 23, 2012 by


When TLG brought us to Georgia, they gave us a week of language instruction in Georgian so that we could survive and get around and meet people. It was very basic things, like greetings, numbers, etc. In that week, one of the first things we learned was the phrase “How are you?” and several possible […]

Common Sensical Advice

June 5, 2012 by


Georgian classrooms are quite different than most American classrooms I’ve ever been in. The classes can be huge here (up to 35 students – too many!), some kids will never have proper materials for class and even the most disciplined classrooms oftentimes require one to shout to be heard. Most of the time kids don’t […]

English: A Georgian Language?

May 29, 2012 by


Over four months into my one year TLG placement in Telavi, I have noticed that although there are English speakers in this city, Georgian is the language of the majority. When I moved in with my host family, my host mother was communicating with me in English mostly; nowadays, she uses more Georgian compared to […]

English in the Caucasus

April 30, 2012 by


Is English becoming Georgia’s second language? If I went around my village or even the neighboring towns not many people would even understand this question. So I guess that’s a no. But will English soon BECOME Georgia’s second language? That’s probably a huge yes! I think while most people would agree that Georgia is not […]

A Motion to Recess

April 26, 2012 by


Probably not many people have heard of Amos Bronson Alcott, though many will likely recognize his daughter Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women.  I for one, had never heard of him until I began giving some thought to a passage in a recent post.  Alcott was an educator and a philosopher in the […]

The Word On The Street

April 24, 2012 by


Georgia has a fairly fresh-faced drive on, to make English the official 2nd language of the country, when I say fairly fresh-faced, I mean it’s a matter of 2 years really, give or take a few months, since they gave it a name. Which seems like a lot of time, but really no time at […]

Thinking Outside the Book

April 23, 2012 by


A couple months ago, I was lucky enough to hit the oh-so-important milestone for the Tbilisi volunteer – I was offered a second job. Tbilisi is expensive, and the array of western options not available in the rest of Georgia – Thai food, cappuccinos, and cocktails with ice – will ensure that you blow through […]