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Meggy, the 6th grader who speaks good... mature at times, then a soon to be teen other times

This relocation to Batumi has been quite productive and positive. The students are more cooperative and receptive in learning whilst my co-teachers are interesting of sharing lesson planning and combining ideas. Of course, there will always be a few disobedient students who don't pay attention or chat in class, but those are a minority whilst the learners are more. This ratio makes my life toward teaching a breeze.


I've been assigned a 6th grade class, and Meggy, she is a young overachieving, in a good way, then there are times when her mature mentality returns to being a pre-teen approaching teenager. In either case, she loves talking and I only rely on her as an encouragement with those students who are shy in speaking up.

Dato, or in English, David, also loves to share his speaking
In this class, there are probably 4 students with the very good listening an speaking skills, the others are in the process of catching up.


Their project is speech. I've chosen this project in encouraging the 6th graders in discussing topics they already know and learn in conveying their information in forms of communication then resulting in an engaged conversation. Their speech involves presenting and collecting of data for their topic is once a week, then we continue with their regular lessons. Meggy, Dato (David) and another young girl had completed their speech about a Georgian dish; each had taken turns in speaking (as instructed when working developing a group project). The class was given a list of rated peer evaluation regarding their presentation.


When Thea and I were discussing on how the students should prepare their speech, Meggy was not her normal chatty self, I immediately knew why.

Their group speech project about a Georgian dish ...
 Now, this was preliminary presentation and Meggy taken the scores I'd given them as a whole, not individually, though I did mention the good points with the bad for room of improvement, to heart. 


By the end of class, I spoke with Meggy explaining that her group presentation was just the beginning. She now knows what she requires for improvement, and also NOT to use glue on the blackboard. (She had glued her presentation on the board, then had to later SCRAP the papers off the board, which left residue of glue.) I genuinely given her a hug letting her know she did good and that I know she'll do better. Meggy smiled. "Thank you, teacher," she said, returning the hug.


In Malada's 4th grade class, I've introduced photography and the use of prepositional phrases photo terms (Thea's 8th grade students are interested).

My 4th grade student showing me her TINY picture of her square and ball, we were learning the prepositional phrases by actually doing and saying.
The first was understanding of a very terms when describing a photo, we discussed adjectives such as scenic, portrait, landscape ... the homework assignment was to find a picture in magazine or actual home photo and describe what the picture is "saying". Then the next lesson was the use of prepositional phrases, meanings of 'in front of," "behind," and so on. After the lessons, their instructions as their next project is to show me their interpretation of what they understood what the phrases meant. 


This project was great just like the first one, students had drawn and cut out square and circle. Selected students stood in front of the class and spoke their and demonstrated the position of the ball associated with the square. I was Estastic! The following project was the introduction parts of the camera.

Malada's and my 4th grade students
Now the classroom blackboard is not all that fantastic (oh, if I only had a white board), but I did my best because I wasn't able to show the PPT of the lesson in the computer room.


At this point, they were tasked in drawing their cameras and present before the class the components and parts from what they learned from the previous lesson. They were paying attention. Now if only the Mother Nature plays nicely with the weather, we'll soon take photos.


Then there is scriptwriting and film making, both Thea and Malada's 9th grade students are excited about this project. According to Thea, one group had already completed on a written script which she read, also that the students were earnest searching and thinking what they want to write and soon film. Music to my ears.


Batumi PS N.

He's always so excited to share what he just learned.
15 school has complimented me with my approach in teaching their students. I've been described as very friendly and polite by teachers, staff and custodians. My assigned students simply love me (the kind of love I truly enjoy sharing and freely return with enthusiasm) because I'm proactive with and toward their studies... I'm involved in what they are and are not doing while at school. This school does keep me busy in a good way, I'm doing what I'm assigned to do... teach and assist them in reaching their potential and NOT be their babysitter.


Now for the weather forecast both spiritually and at the moment... first, spiritually:

February 8, 2012
As the Earth Allows the Rain
Sitting with Feelings 
I received my DailyOM and this is what the subject read and the statement couldn't be any further from the truth.

a very happy bunch of noisy students
Allow me to share its passage which reflects our mental spiritual way of thinking, when we know how to intune ourselves with our natural senses:  As the rain falls, the earth responds in a multitude of ways, sometimes emptying out to form a great canyon, sometimes soaking it up to nourish an infinitude of plants. ...  creating space for more feelings to flow, sometimes providing sustenance for growth ... I always accept rain as a means of cleansing the clutter and time to create and develop ...


Forecast at the moment: we received official news that school is closed tomorrow and Friday due to a freeze front that is arriving tonight, thus the safety for everyone, the schools are closed but have to resume makeup classes for two Saturdays, 18 and 25 February. Let's just hope THIS Saturday a co-teacher, Thea, and I with a few students from selected classes had scheduled an outing as an extra-curriculum activity to start their new projects, film making and photography.

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Theas and my 6th grade class
Thea's and my 6th grade class
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