I really enjoyed the text that April read about Russia, the people and their culture. What have I learned? That I really had to pay attention to what was being read and try to remember as much information as possible.
- Russians dress well in public.
- I remembered that Russians are known for their ability to endure. They are stoic and pessimistic, but very friendly. Problems are toughed out or ignored.
- Relationships to friends are one of their characteristics as is trust. They rely on their friends.
- When they shake hands, they use firm handshakes. Full names are used in titles. They still use "comrade."
- Close friends use their first name. Shake hands when greeting, but not across the doorway, could bring bad luck.
- Very impolite to point using index finger, arms in pocket or arms folded across the chest.
- During warmer temperatures, Russians wear jeans and shorts which are popular.
- Russian is the common language.
I love the babushka dolls and I bought one when I was in Austria. It is beautiful and I have her in the classroom for the children to enjoy.
I learned a lot about my short term memory. Our short term memory only holds a certain amount of information. This could be about twenty seconds. This learning situation gave me the opportunity to process the information I needed to remember and helped me reflect, organize, experiment with, and reformulate the information I received in class.