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Tips For Getting Along With Your Co-Teacher

Tips For Getting Along With Your Co-Teacher

Being a good teacher isn’t just about having the right lesson plan and teaching methods.  It’s also about building trust, rapport, and good communication with your students.  But it’s not just your students who you have to have a good relationship with.  Your co-teachers will be a big part of your day-to-day job.  They are there to help, and getting along well can make teaching a breeze.  If you get off on the wrong foot, though, you may find every day to be a struggle.  Here are a few tips to help you form a good relationship with your co-teacher. The first time that you meet your co-teacher, remember that first impressions matter!  On the first day at your school, you might be feeling all sorts of emotions; it’s normal to be feeling excited, a little overwhelmed, or even a bit worried.  When you meet your Georgian co-workers and co-teachers, stay positive, be friendly, and, of course, smile!  No one wants to be working with someone who seems unenthusiastic. Before you go into your first class, have a conversation with your co-teacher to clarify what your roles and responsibilities will be.  Even among different teachers in the same school, the […]

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Teach in Georgia: Interview with TLG Volunteer Teacher Isaac Gregson

Teach in Georgia: Interview with TLG Volunteer Teacher Isaac Gregson

Teach in Georgia! Today we have a special treat for you. Isaac Gregson, a volunteer teacher with the Teach and Learn in Georgia program, has kindly offered to answer some of our questions about living and teaching in the beautiful Republic of Georgia.

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How To Get Along With Your Host Family

How To Get Along With Your Host Family

Living with a host family is an opportunity like no other.  You will get to know the local culture not just as a visitor and observer, but as a part of a family.  That doesn’t mean that it will be all smooth sailing, though.  From language barriers to misunderstandings about one another’s cultures, living with a host family presents a number of challenges.  Here are some tips on what to expect, and how to make sure that your home-stay abroad goes well. Language Barrier The biggest problem that you are likely to encounter is the language barrier.  Although members of your host family will likely have some English ability, there’s a good chance that it will be fairly basic.  Whether you have a good foundation in the local language, or have just learned a few words, communicating with you host family will likely pose a challenge. Asking your local friends and coworkers to help translate can be a great help, but ultimately it will only get you so far.  You can’t rely on translators for the day-to-day interactions and conversations that make up most of your life with your host family.  Your own studies of the local language will help. […]

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect While Teaching in Thailand

5 Things You Shouldn't Expect While Teaching in Thailand

This is Andrea Emerson, Bangkok based expat English teacher. I have spent over a year teaching English to hormone riddled teenagers, attempting to photograph fire balloons and generally not going on any dates, and now I would like to impart some of my wisdom from this crazy adventure. If you’d like to learn more about teaching in Thailand, Bangkok specifically, or even if you just want to know where on earth to buy women’s essentials in this land that doesn’t really ‘do’ tampons, you’ve come to the right place.

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Event Recap: RTT Taiwan February Event at Elephant Mountain

Event Recap: RTT Taiwan February Event at Elephant Mountain

“If these 70-year-olds can make it, so can we!” That is what was coming out of our mouths after less than five minutes of our trek up to Elephant Mountain. We knew it was going to be a lot of stairs, but we didn’t realize how hard that was actually going to be! It ended up only taking about fifteen minutes to get to the famous lookout point, but by then, my thighs were glad that it wasn’t any longer.     The day was a bit cloudy and drizzly, but we were able to snap some good shots of the city and Taipei 101. We attempted to walk a bit further, but our stomachs seemed to be more persuasive then our desire to hike. We descended the mountain after less than a half hour, and treated ourselves to a big western brunch at NY Bagels.   Although it was only seven of us, it was nice spending the afternoon with two of our newest teachers to Taiwan and hanging with some old friends as well. As always, thanks to those who showed up for the hike! I had a lot of fun! Cheers, Mary

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A Taste of Georgia

A Taste of Georgia

Flavorful dishes, homemade bread, and plenty of wine are essential at the Georgian dinner table. Influenced by both European and West Asian traditions, Georgian food, filled aromatic herbs and spices, plays an important role in social culture. Here are a few of the most characteristic dishes of a Georgian meal.   Georgian Dishes Khachapuri This traditional Georgian bread is stuffed with a mixture of eggs, various cheeses, and herbs.  This mixture is cooked until the cheese inside of the bread has melted to form a delicious filling.  Khachapuri is a staple of most Georgian meals. Khinkali  Dumplings—Georgian style!  Fillings for Khinkali can include meat, vegetables, potatoes, and cheese. Suluguni Love it or hate it—this sour, pickled cheese is something you have to try during your stay in Georgia.  It has a salty, savory taste, and is often deep fried to mask its strong odor.   Georgian Desserts Georgian sweets and desserts tend to be based around nuts or fruit.  Various nuts, fruits, and sometimes honey, are combined in different ways to create these delicious treats. Churchkhela  This dessert is popular in many countries in the region, including Turkey, Greece, and Russia.  It is made by dipping a string of nuts, […]

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RTT Taiwan February Event: Elephant Mountain

RTT Taiwan February Event: Elephant Mountain

  Still have things to cross off your “Things to do in Taipei” bucket list? I know I do. So for this month’s event, I’m taking us on a hike that’s right in the heart of our amazing city: Elephant Mountain. Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101, …and about a twenty-minute hike up to the top. (Note: Even though it’s a short hike, it consists of mostly stairs… so be prepared). It will all be worth it once we make it to the viewing area; it’s supposed to be one of the BEST views of the city. We can then continue on and check out the rest of the hikes in that area, or we can end there and all get lunch together. If anyone is interested in the hike but would rather go for sunset, let me know. It’s supposed to be packed with people on the weekends, especially at night, but if everyone would rather have night views of the city then we can definitely change the time! When: Sunday, February 19th Time: 12pm Meet: Taipei City Hall MRT, Exit 2 Cost: Free, but bring $ for lunch if interested Bring: […]

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First Annual Reach To Teach Seoul Pub Crawl

First Annual Reach To Teach Seoul Pub Crawl

First Annual Reach To Teach Seoul Pub Crawl When: Saturday, February 18th Time: Starts at 7:00 PM Where: Starting at The Wolfhound in Itaewon For directions to The Wolfhound please visit: http://www.wolfhoundpub.com/locations/seoul.html Come out and join RTT on our first ever Seoul Pub Crawl! We’re going to start the night off at The Wolfhound with dinner and make our way to some of the following bars: 3 Alley Pub Sam Ryan’s Sports Bar Seoul Pub Gecko’s More bars can be added if you have a favorite! If you would like to join us for dinner at The Wolfhound please RSPV by Friday February 10th as we will need to make a reservation for our group. If you don’t wish to join us for dinner, the drinking will start about 8:30. Please email John at john@reachtoteachrecruiting.com to confirm that you will be joining us, so we can keep an eye out for you. If you can’t make it to The Wolfhound at 8:30pm please call Wilna Tanis at 010-2411-2749 to find out where we are. You’re more than welcome to join us later in the evening. For those of you that don’t live in Seoul, you can book a cheap room […]

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