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Leaving the Nest

Originally posted on Making a Difference:
Living in Georgia amplifies the strangeness of time… endless village afternoons playing nardi at the birzha have a twilight effect and suddenly you’re looking back wondering what in hell fire that whirlwind of soupras…

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Common Sensical Advice

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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…

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Street Vending: Should it be Legalised or Should the Poor be Allowed to Continue?

This morning I received an invitation to a talk given in Tbilisi by a PhD student about how the poor  in Georgia use different coping mechanisms to survive, one of which is street vending.  Without speaking to the PhD student, … Continue reading

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Teachers Can Be Students

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Lately, the most popular topic of discussion in the staffroom has been the National Exam that teachers need to take by 2014; otherwise they will be out of work. Most of the teachers in…

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Writing Lesson Plan

Originally posted on Making a Difference:
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…

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I extended my TLG contract! Here’s why.

Originally posted on Making a Difference:
The other day, one of my third graders (one of the four Giorgi’s in that class and about a hundred in the school) asked how long I would be staying at their school. “Until…

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Mid-May

Originally posted on Making a Difference:
It’s mid-May, and the end of the school year is a month away. Volunteers who are leaving Georgia – for vacation or forever – already have their flight itineraries. Now commences the countdown. 30…

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