Friday, Mario and I spent all day at St. Andrew the First Called School in Batumi. We briefly toured the school and then jumped right into teaching. We started off teaching about America and our schools to the 5th grade class and continued on to 4th, 7th, and 8th grades. It was a great time. The students had many questions. The two parts of the presentation that got the students talking the most were the picture of Zaza Pachulia, the Dallas Maverick who is from #theotherGeorgia, and the video that showed a typical day at our school. In particular they loved seeing students eating lunch. Especially the pizza.They were also amazed at the amount of technology used in our schools.
One technology almost all Georgian students have is a cell phone. When each lesson was over, the students rushed over to get selfies taken with us. Obviously, the selfie is a teenage phenomenon that crosses all borders. Thankfully I didn’t see any duck faces. When we were finally able to get out of the classroom, we went to another class to either teach or observe. At the end of the school day, we talked about American schools for the teachers of the school. It was a great way to start our time in Batumi schools.
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Stephen Blan teaches US History at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, TX and is a 2015 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow.