On our last day at St. Andrew the First Called School in Batumi, we taught 2nd, 7th, 10th, and 12th grades. Like the days before, it was a hectic day of moving from class to class amidst students running through the hallways yelling at each other (totally normal in school here - I'll upload a video when I return to the states). In Georgian schools, students stay in the same class and teachers move from room to room.
For the 10th and 12th graders, we decided to compare and contrast the senior year in American and Georgian schools. We talked about Homecoming, Prom, Senior Pranks, college applications, ACT/SAT, graduation ceremonies, going off to college, etc… They thought the senior prank was the greatest thing ever and talked about what they will be doing. We apologized to our host teacher for that one.
We shared about our schools and life in America with the 7th graders. Many of them had participated in our class project of trading personal narratives. They were excited to get narratives written by Kerr students and for me to take theirs back to my students.
For the second graders, we played games common in America. We started with Simon says, which is great for reinforcing vocabulary. Then, we played Heads Up 7-Up. This was my favorite classroom game from elementary school. Like kids everywhere, there was a lot of peeking going on. They loved it. Our final game was the classic Rock, Paper, Scissors. They have a game similar to this, so it was a big hit as well. My son, Nate, is in second grade so I showed pictures of him and talked about what his life is like. How he likes soccer and basketball, reads books, plays video games, has the greatest dad in the world; you know, that kind of stuff. They were so excited to have us in their class. It makes me hope that my children and students have the opportunity to have class visits from visitors from other countries.
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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.