Hey, guys. Only five months left until I never have to drink Nescafé again!
-giving re-tests for students who couldn’t pass my class last term (aka lazybones boys)
-baking cookies with a student and polishing her nails
-reading/responding to about 75 journal entries
-cleaning the house
-cooking a curry for the first time ever…turns out, curry is way easy!
-baking up a bunch of play dough and creating ten sets of word cards for next week’s warmup game.
-giving the water distiller a serious cleaning/de-scaling
-helping a colleague improve his writing skills in order to pass the IELTS test.
— William Martin, “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents” (via whiskeyandwinter)
Not about China, but I’m reblogging because I think this is an idea we should all be practicing!
I’m giving re-tests today, for all the kids who failed last term’s exam. The school basically makes us test them until they pass.
The assignment: make a poster using words and collage to tell me about yourself, showing me why you’re awesome.
One hour into the session, a student handed me a paper with the head of a bird cut out and pasted onto the body of a man in a business suit. He had written large words in red ink.
"Oh, what am I? Am I a bird? No! Am I a man?"
Like where do I even…? What?!
Please keep in mind that this is a 20 year old man (boy…) and the instructions were IN CHINESE.
Over the break, the teachers in our department went to a training session in Nanjing where they were encouraged to choose English names.
One male colleague (who is sweet and well-respected, with a shy demeanor) chose a literal translation of his Chinese name. He became “Money Brave”.
At dinner last week, some of my girlfriends from the office mentioned this. They thought it was adorable, but we all agreed that it wasn’t a particularly authentic English name. We brainstormed for a bit, and I suggested something slightly more probable.
It’s funny, too, because this week my male colleague has had a new sort of swagger. Even the other girls in the office have noticed.
"Sarah," he said, poking his head into my office and grinning. "I’m Cash!"
Cash Young, ladies and gentlemen.
With 1.4 billion citizens, mainland China is the world’s most populous country—and home to one in five women on our planet, from rice farmers to multimillionaires.
Just found this interesting slideshow while doing some research on my lesson plan for International Women’s Day. It covers a broad swath of experiences for women here in China, and is definitely worth a gander.
International Women’s Day is this weekend—March 8th.
I decided to take some snapshots with the women in my department here at school. These ladies brighten my day, lighten my load and have been an amazing support system during my time as a volunteer.
They are my friends, my advocates and my Sichuan sisters! My experience in China has been shaped by them, and for this year’s International Women’s Day, I want to recognize these lovely teachers.
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