Individual Desks = Individual Attention

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Individual Desks = Individual Attention
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Country: Kyrgyz_Republic
Volunteer(s) Name: E Jackson
Volunteer(s) Homestate: Maryland
Funds community contributed: $580.77
Percentage community contributed: 27%
Funds needed were: $1000
Funds requested were: $1525.95
PPCP #: 307-120
Year of project approval: 2009
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Projects started in Kyrgyz_Republic 2009 (14).
Elder House Repairs, English Language Teaching Center, English Resource Center, Environmental Clean-Up Month, Environmental Community Clean Up, Hospital Training Facility, Individual Desks = Individual Attention, Learn It, Live It Camp, Summer Sports Festival, Teacher Trainings, Teaching Supplements for Secondary School, University Book Training and Implementation, Women's Computer Education, Youth Leadership and Community Service Summer Camp
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Other Projects in Kyrgyz_Republic (14).
Elder House Repairs, English Language Teaching Center, English Resource Center, Environmental Clean-Up Month, Environmental Community Clean Up, Hospital Training Facility, Individual Desks = Individual Attention, Learn It, Live It Camp, Summer Sports Festival, Teacher Trainings, Teaching Supplements for Secondary School, University Book Training and Implementation, Women's Computer Education, Youth Leadership and Community Service Summer Camp
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Ahecha Paraguay Photography Exhibition, Bar School Number 2 Insulation Project, Community Beekeeping and Business Training, Environmental Community Clean Up, George gardner, Girls' Internships, Girls' Summer Camp, Independence Village Housing Reconstruction, Individual Desks = Individual Attention, Maternity Improvements, Midwife Training for Healthy Babies, Moukoulou Village Library, Luis A. Rivera, Rural education development in Zambia, Richard L. Smith … further results
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Info about the Individual Desks = Individual Attention


Collectivization in Soviet and post-Soviet education in Kyrgyzstan has created a situation where the structure of a classroom is extremely rigid and students often depend on each other to get by in their studies. The current structure of a typical Kyrgyz classroom is several rows of two-person desks, all facing the front of the classroom. The desks are often difficult to move, discouraging alterations in the learning environment to facilitate activities. In addition, the two-person desks often encourage cheating, as students can simply look at their neighbor's material with whom they are sharing desks.

In planning the remodeling of the current English classroom at a village school, we are proposing replacing the two-person desks currently in the classroom (which are bolted to the ground and impossible to move) with single-person desks that can be easily moved around the classroom. In choosing the desks, we are selecting desks that resemble the single-person desks currently found in most American classrooms. We are attempting to create a microcosm of an American-style classroom learning environment in order to change the way students are learning English in the classroom, and to offer a model to other classrooms.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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