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Details: Education, Education, Education – Part 3 Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much …

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education An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about education written by Englishman in Latvia. A very interesting first day at the International School of Latvia. I’m not sure what the leadership team in my previous schools would think about if they could see, students not wearing uniforms, …

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An Englishman in Latvia The Observations of an …

Details: Education, Education, Education – Part 3. Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much more to learn. The most striking difference for a UK teacher in Latvia is the use of student performance data.

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Latvian Education Compared An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Education, Education, Education Part 2 So what’s it like for a non-Latvian speaker working in a Latvian state school, I hear you ask. Challenging to say the least. First and foremost, most of my colleagues don’t speak English so staff meeting are very interesting. Secondly all information is, as you might expect, in the Latvian…

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School An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about School written by Englishman in Latvia. A very interesting first day at the International School of Latvia. I’m not sure what the leadership team in my previous schools would think about if they could see, students not wearing uniforms, …

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Latvia An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Education, Education, Education Part 2 So what’s it like for a non-Latvian speaker working in a Latvian state school, I hear you ask. Challenging to say the least. First and foremost, most of my colleagues don’t speak English so staff … Continue reading →

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Latvija An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Education, Education, Education – Part 3 Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much …

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December 2016 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Education, Education, Education Part 2 So what’s it like for a non-Latvian speaker working in a Latvian state school, I hear you ask. Challenging to say the least. First and foremost, most of my colleagues don’t speak English so staff … Continue reading →

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ISL An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posted in education, Latvia, Riga, School, Teaching | Tagged education, International school of latvia, ISL, Latvia, pupils, Riga, School | 1 Comment. 56 Getups to D-Day. Posted on February 25, 2014 by Englishman in Latvia. With only 56 days to departure date, I’m starting to wish I’d learnt how to make lists. I’ve spent most of the last

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International school of latvia An Englishman in Latvia

Details: A very interesting first day at the International School of Latvia. I’m not sure what the leadership team in my previous schools would think about if they could see, students not wearing uniforms, pupils hugging pupils, teachers hugging pupils, teachers …

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Latvia in Winter An Englishman in Latvia

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Teaching An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Education, Education, Education – Part 3 Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much …

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Englishman in Latvia An Englishman in Latvia

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Education, Education, Education Part 1 An Englishman in

Details: Education, Education, Education Part 1. Posted on December 19, 2016 by Englishman in Latvia. When I started writing this blog I intended to record my first 12months experiences of living in Latvia and then stop. I did wite for 20 months and then stopped.

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Teaching in Latvia – Compared to the UK An Englishman in

Details: Education, Education, Education – Part 3. Before I start, I think it only fair to point out that these are my first impressions. I have only had 4 months teaching experience in the Latvian education system so I have much more to learn. The most striking difference for a UK teacher in Latvia is the use of student performance data.

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Latvian Gallery An Englishman in Latvia

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January 2017 An Englishman in Latvia

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Baltic An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about Baltic written by Englishman in Latvia. With only 56 days to departure date, I’m starting to wish I’d learnt how to make lists.

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Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus An Englishman in Latvia

Details: 13 Responses to Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus. John Brauns says: December 25, 2015 at 12:26 am. The log you were dragging is the yule log which is not just Latvian (check Wikipedia). I suspect the beehive thing is a practical joke Inta was playing on you. Merry Christmas!

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Ligo/Jani Celebrations An Englishman in Latvia

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Eight things you didn’t know about Latvians An

Details: Decided to update my list after living here for a few months now. The first 6 items were on my original list. They don't eat crisps or peanuts with beer - Crisps and peanuts are definitely off the menu when drinking beer. Instead you eat herby garlic croutons or salted, dried fish known locally as…

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Riga 2014 Saulgriezi – Mezaparka An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Thank you for sharing. I love reading your blog. Being away from my homecountry it gives me feeling that I am actually much closer. Thank you.

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Poland An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about Poland written by Englishman in Latvia. Well 3 days and 2561km later, that’s 1600 miles to those of you who are mathematically challenged, we finally arrived in Jurmala, exhausted but relieved.

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main roads An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about main roads written by Englishman in Latvia. Need to buy a car but it seems much more complicated here and the criteria are different than the UK.

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Ligo An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Eight things you didn’t know about Latvians. Posted on May 13, 2014 by Englishman in Latvia. Decided to update my list after living here for a few months now. The first 6 items were on my original list. They don’t eat crisps or peanuts with beer – Crisps and peanuts are definitely off the menu when …. Continue reading →.

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Why no improvement

Details: Poor education; A Latvian friend also suggested that a reason no police are seen around Ādaži is that so many influential people live there. Could be a reason, but I would hate to think so. I would love to know what my Latvian readers think. Have a look at the European report, makes depressing reading. Safe Driving!! I

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Kaliningrad An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about Kaliningrad written by Englishman in Latvia. Well 3 days and 2561km later, that’s 1600 miles to those of you who are mathematically challenged, we finally arrived in Jurmala, exhausted but relieved.

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November 2015 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: 2 posts published by Englishman in Latvia during November 2015. Many years ago, whilst living the ignorance which comes with inexperience, I foolishly believed that when I became a house owner I would be the King of all I surveyed.

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Snow An Englishman in Latvia

Details: I leave for work, in Pinki, every morning about 6.30 am, the journey takes about 90 minutes. I arrive home between 5.30 and 6.00. I don’t particularly mind the travelling, I have a nice car, I listen to some classic …

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Latvian traditions An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about Latvian traditions written by Englishman in Latvia. For my English readers the title of this post reads “Merry Christmas”. Why write the title in Latvian you may ask?

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56 Getups to D-Day An Englishman in Latvia

Details: With only 56 days to departure date, I'm starting to wish I'd learnt how to make lists. I've spent most of the last 40 years or so trying to avoid being controlled by lists now I'm realising how useful, no, how essential they are. Moving house is stressful enough, but moving countries, well that that's in…

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traditional music An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Decided to spend mid summer solstice immersing my self in some Latvian cultural entertainment. Again, as at all Latvian events, lots and food, beer, singing and dancing.

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November 2014 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: 1 post published by Englishman in Latvia during November 2014. I’ve decided to throw in the towel, ditch my west European values and attitudes in the bin and adopt Latvian values particularly when it comes to measuring time.

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August 2014 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: 3 posts published by Englishman in Latvia during August 2014. This list is a comparison with the UK. So please don’t have a go at me if you have lots in your country of residence.

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February 2014 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: 1 post published by Englishman in Latvia during February 2014. With only 56 days to departure date, I’m starting to wish I’d learnt how to make lists.

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ice hockey An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Posts about ice hockey written by Englishman in Latvia. This was the chant that might have caused a sore throat, but thankfully it didn’t.

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nagi An Englishman in Latvia

Details: I love food, so I just thought I’d share with you my favourites since arriving here. Karums (don’t know the generic term for them) – for those non-Latvians reading this I better explain what they are.

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No Rubbish Here An Englishman in Latvia

Details: I always wanted to reduce my carbon footprint but living in a flat in London meant it was almost impossible to do so. Now quite by accident and as a consequence of countryside living we have done so. I remember as a child being sent to the green grocers with a shopping bag, a list…

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latvian song An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Decided to spend mid summer solstice immersing my self in some Latvian cultural entertainment. Again, as at all Latvian events, lots and food, beer, singing and dancing.

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lamb An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Bonus point if you get the band and album from which this song was taken. Never mind the piggies though, because it occurred to me, over the weekend, that I …

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King of The Castle – Not me An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Many years ago, whilst living the ignorance which comes with inexperience, I foolishly believed that when I became a house owner I would be the King of all I surveyed. With a little more maturity I came to realise that it was not men who ruled the roost but …

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politicians Latvian politics An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Politicians worldwide are known for making the wrong decisions at the wrong time and Latvian politicians are no exception. Last Friday whilst the very poorly paid teachers of Latvia were on strike, the members of the Saima awarded themselves a large …

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Reflections of Week 2 An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Reflections on Week 2 It’s just dawned on me that I’m impatient. I want things to happen now not next week or next month. Does that mean I’m a spoilt brat. I dare say my siblings would say I am. I blame my parents. It seems to be taking so long to so sort so…

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Latvians dance music cemetery An Englishman in Latvia

Details: What is it, that uniquely identifies a Latvian? For a country where the notion of a Latvian consciousness didn’t appear until the later stages of the nineteenth century, there is certainly a very strong sense of Latvian identity now.

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Zipee Poland An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Well 3 days and 2561km later, that’s 1600 miles to those of you who are mathematically challenged, we finally arrived in Jurmala, exhausted but relieved. Jurmala is a coastal town 25 km from the capital city Riga, famous for it’s 30 km long beach, the plethora of health spas and the huge ostentatious mansions built…

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Politics An Englishman in Latvia

Details: Politicians worldwide are known for making the wrong decisions at the wrong time and Latvian politicians are no exception. Last Friday whilst the very poorly paid teachers of Latvia were on strike, the members of the Saima awarded themselves a large …

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Food Glorious Food An Englishman in Latvia

Details: I’m not sure why the Latvians aren’t a race of teletubbies. All we seem to have done in these first 3 days is eat. If a friend calls round in England it’s a cup of tea and a biscuit. Oh no, not in Latvia. When a friend drops by it seems to be an excuse…

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