So, what am I here to do? Well, according to the official documents, two of the goals of the Peace Corps English Education Program here in Moldova (paraphrased) are to improve students’ English, and to help teachers incorporate some new techniques into their teaching (with a focus on student involvement and critical thinking). Every once in a while, I notice something like that happening AND remember to take a picture. So for those of you who were wondering what I’m actually doing here…. here are a few glimpses. (Click for larger pictures or mouse-over to see the captions. On second thought, just click. It works better that way.)
Fourth Grade students interviewing each other in English.
More fourth grade surveys. I love how involved they are!
12th grade boys working together to apply the grammar (he has a grammar chart on the phone).
Collaborating with my main partner, Katya. (Photo Credit PCV Hillary)
Katya was invited to give an observed lesson at another school as part of a teacher-of-the year competition
Students at the other school, totally absorbed in the group work.
They are conversing in pairs in English! (11th grade)
Small group work (10th grade…
… and 8th grade.) Engaged in the task!
Fourth grade “getting into” a role-play dialog
Using “Jeopardy” for chapter review. 11th grade.
Jeopardy teams collaborating to find answers
We’re using the technology room more and more often!
After 5 months, I felt it was safe to put up a sign. I share this little office with the school psychologist.