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Amanda Onken

Amanda is a US Peace Corps volunteer. She teaches English as a foreign language in Teteven, Bulgaria.

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  • My cat died!

    Author: Amanda Onken Type: Reference material

    I started this month with trying to get tests and essays out of the way so the students have some grades in their book before the break. One day I had a test for my 9th graders in geography. Since this class is all in English I try to give them the benefit of the doubt and allow them to use their notes on my tests. "If you take good notes, you'll do well on the tests," I told them. Well, this apparently is harder than it seems to some. When I handed out the tests the kids were having ...

  • New Lessons

    Author: Amanda Onken Type: Reference material

    I've been experiencing so much more lately than just teaching. I've lived in Bulgaria for a year now and I'm really excepting it as home. My students are still my students but they're also like a bunch of crazy little brothers and sisters. My second term is going well. All the mistakes I made in my first term are not happening now. I am more prepared and I know my students better. It also helps that I'm getting a lot of support from fellow teachers; my Bulgarian still ...

  • Changes

    Author: Amanda Onken Type: Reference material

    My name is Amanda Onken and I am an interior designer in Chicago, Illinois. Wait!! Stop!! That was my old life, let me fast forward and shove you into my new life. My name is Amanda Onken and I teach English as a foreign language in Teteven, Bulgaria. This is my assignment as a Peace Corps volunteer. Did they choose the right assignment? Well, I've been teaching for four weeks now and let's just say my interior design days are over and I am now known as "Ms. Onken", "Ms. Amanda", or ...

  • Ten weeks into teaching

    Author: Amanda Onken Type: Reference material

    Okay, so I've been teaching for about ten weeks. I'm trying to tell myself it's getting easier and then all of a sudden little Borislav will hit Mira in the head with his book and then I snap back into reality. Peace Corps has a motto, "the toughest job you'll ever love", this I definitely do agree with. I tell myself every morning before I walk 25 minutes, halfway up a mountain to my school that "they're only kids." I repeat this in my head over and over in between ...

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