Teaching Reflections


My time in Mawlamyine has been very valuable for me as a young educator. I’m always learning something new about the teaching and learning process and the strengths and weaknesses in my teaching. Some people have asked, since I had a chance to work with a very diverse group of students (and teachers), how did I approach my classes? After all, it is not easy to teach when there is linguistic and cultural diversity in the classroom. Although this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, these are typical components of my classes:

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An Evening Conversation with Mawlamyine University students

2nd row L to R: Thaw Thaw, Htet Shine, Adam, and Katherine
1st row: Hein Min Htun, me (Mary), Hsu Lei, and Myint Myat Oo

As exam week slowly came to an end, I sat down with the three Mawlamyine exchange students who visited Fort Wayne and four of my students from the postgrad/ honors class for a conversation on their life as a university student and as a citizen of Mawlamyine. I hope this excerpt from our delightful and thought-provoking dialogue will give citizens of Fort Wayne a glimpse into the lives of young people in our Friendship City:


  • Introductions
  • University life
  • Attendance and student motivation
  • School and classroom culture
  • On leadership and being a role model
  • On changing the education system
  • Activities outside of university
  • Goals and dreams
  • Friendship

Download the PDF version of this interview: Interview with Mawlamyine Univ students

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