Archive for February 9th, 2011

February 9, 2011


Some of the 10th form. I guess you're not supposed to smile in Georgian photos.

Yes, I do teach actual students in a school also. Not just Maia (that was my 18-month-old host family member, Maia, for those of you who asked).

And it pretty much puts a huge halt to the lesson when I whip my camera out, but I did it. For YOU. And then they asked for my signature. I know it’s hard to believe, but I’m kind of a big deal, it turns out.

So you can now see my 7th graders and the 10th graders in their classrooms. Students stay in the same room all day, the teachers move every period. Both of the pictured classes have a lot of students who put a lot of effort into their work and like to try to talk to me, which is often a better way to learn than their textbook work. Or, I can offer them more through conversation anyhow.

I co-teach with Darijan, whom you can see in the photo of the 10th graders. She and I have the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders. When I have free periods I go with the other English teacher, Tamriko in the 4th, 6th and 8th grades. We’re in the third week of school now, and the schedule continues to shift here and there, but I imagine we’ll settle into a somewhat regular pattern by next week.

7th form.

As close to candid as I could get.