Browsing All posts tagged under »classroom management«

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 […]

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 […]

Small steps forward

March 15, 2012 by


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 […]

Regional Teacher Training

November 21, 2011 by


As TLG volunteers already know, the Ministry of Education and Science has just begun a new initiative to provide additional teacher training to the Georgian teachers who work with TLG Volunteers. I have additional details about the program that were not in the email, as well as a few clarifications, and, of course, some opinions. […]

Cheating in Georgian Schools

July 28, 2011 by


I think it’s safe to say that everyone who has come to teach in a Georgian school has encountered cheating. Many of us have little teaching experience outside Georgia, however, as so we may not know how prominent cheating is in, for example, the US. Even if we do know how much cheating goes on […]

Discipline in Schools

May 31, 2011 by


The first thing I noticed when I first walked into a Georgian public school was the chaos in the hallways. Children running, children play-fighting, children real-fighting. Students and teachers stopped in clusters, having conversations in the halls and on stairwells, making getting around them a real challenge. Students turning off the hall lights. Students yelling […]