Eagle Hunting

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Photo by Asher Svidensky (via Express)

Photo by Asher Svidensky (via Express)

I’ve featured aĀ MongolianĀ eagle hunter on the blog before, but I came across a recent article that focuses on a girl who is learning the art.

Traditionally, Kazakh eagle hunting Ā is for men. Each family develops a certain style of hunting and passes that on from father to son.

In the case of Ashol Pan, her older brother was drafted into the military so her father is training her instead. For more details and pictures, check out the full article on Express, which showcases Asher Svidensky’s photography.

In unrelated news, we are continuing our preparations for traveling to Mongolia. This week, we have been focusing on getting in our final paperwork, which has included fingerprinting–fun, new experience!–and tax documents.

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Teaching Writing

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Currently, I’m taking a course on teaching writing, and I am learning a lot!Ā Getting these kinds of classes under my belt for my program pre-departure for Mongolia could not beĀ better timing. Truth be told, I am still rather intimidated by my fellow classmates–most of whom are currently teaching in their own classrooms. Although I have a BA in education (English/TESL), I have limited classroom experience. However, my classmates have not held that against me. šŸ˜‰

This course is almost philosophical in nature as much of our work and discussion revolves around exploring different practices and methods for teaching writing. Our professor encourages a variety of pedagogical positions, but he does not enforce any one philosophy.

As we near the end of the course, I can look back at the weekly topics and have a much stronger appreciation for the syllabus. At first, I couldn’t really see where the course was going, but in hindsight, I like how everything slowly built on previous material. It has given me a lot to consider in my own future classroom, and I am getting very excited to put my ideas into practice. šŸ™‚

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