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Public work is an honour, Azeri students say
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Public work is an honour, Azeri students say
August 24, 2010
Thursday morning, I went to a local Ganja school where five teachers use Public Achievement during part of their day with the students. I met with the school's principal and the five teachers. They were, for the most part, a young group, all under 35 years old, and none of them had been teaching longer than 6 years.

They all thoroughly enjoyed using PA (the two classes that I saw agreed to use PA to solve problems with their classrooms: in one case, the students and their mentor/teacher agreed that the room was not pleasant and that they wanted to paint it; in the second (see photo) the students worked to post maps, historical documents and other pertinent materials on their walls (the photo doesn't do justice to all of the public work that they did).

Two comments seemed common: one, they enjoyed PA because they got to know their students in a different way, and two, they thought that using PA made them better teachers, too!

Interestingly, the students in both classes, when asked what they liked about doing the PA work, responded by saying, "honor." It was an honor to do the public work; it was an honor to walk in each day to see the fruits of their work; it was an honor knowing that future students would see and appreciate the work.

What a pleasure to see this work and the people who did it.

Excerpt from Michael Kuhne, “Monday, April 5, 2010: Ganja and Mingachevir, Azerbaijan” (copied from http://mctccenterforcivicengagement.blogspot.com/2010/04/ganja-and-mingachevir-azerbaijan.html on 24 August 2010)

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