I have a good number of Eastern European/Cental Asian students this year, coming from countires such as Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Tajikistan. Many of them speak limited/survival English at best, but they all speak Russian. So it’s been a struggle teaching them biology…in English. I rely on using pictures to illustrate concepts, using vocabulary charts and other students to fill in the blanks. Today, I learned a new Russian word, which I have been using probably all too often to describe everything. домашняя работа (domashnyaya rabota), which means homework, as in “Unless you can tell me right now what the ‘Z-scheme’ is in photosynthesis, I can tell you straight copied your domashnyaya rabota from the internet.” That’s right. Do your domashnyaya rabota!!
This corduroy pea coat has been a staple in my closet for the past 6 years at least. I got it ages and ages ago from the Gap, way back when my old roommate Lori worked there. Its the best cut ever – boxy in the body but slim in the arms. So you have room to move and layer underneath, but you don’t end up looking like Popeye the Sailor Man with huge arms.