Before leaving Tbilisi, we visited a public school. In #theotherGeorgia grades 1 - 12 are in the same school. So we toured several areas of the school and looked in on classrooms of different age groups. The young first and second graders were adorable and showed off their English skills by counting to 10 and telling us their names.
I was also able to sit in on a 7th grade English class. The teacher did a great job getting students moving around using the language. Then at the end, we were able to join in and talk with students as they learned about different vocations. In the video below, notice the classroom. Students stay in a group in the same classroom for most of the day, but in the early grades, the teachers rotate from class to class instead of the students.
Early Sunday morning we arrived in the capital of Georgia. No, not Atlanta. Tbilisi. We traveled through the dark city to our hotel, The Rooms Tbilisi. I would post pictures, but their website has plenty of far better ones. Click here if you want to check out the place. It is very nice and the breakfast is even better than the decor of the place. Omelets, pastries, breads, fruit, vegetables, and hummus. But the highlight of the breakfast was khachapuri, a traditional cheese filled bread that has the texture of a pastry. I’m already looking forward to waking up tomorrow morning.
Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.