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I've been pretty busy for a while now, and have completed 2 out of 5 assignments - writing about 4000 words in total. I have had one assignment back so far and managed to get a Very Good, which is the highest grade so I'm pretty proud of myself! This week we have to start creating lesson plans for 50-minute slots, and we start teaching practice in less than a week. We will be teaching at a school in Beijing, one lesson a day, for 5 days. The problem is that we are given ...
As everything remotely cultural and interesting is closed on Mondays in China, we took this as an opportunity to do entirely frivolous and uncultural things, like shopping! Before all the fun, we did have some important stuff to get sorted. Our first destination was therefore Beijing Train Station to collect our tickets for all of our many journeys to come, as they'd now all been issued. We consulted the lonely planet and the super helpful website ...
... of Chinese gather in parks to dance, do Tai Chi and play card games. I even came across some Karaoke singers, which I found very funny! I think one of the men saw me giggling because he grabbed my hand and forced me to do some ballroom dancing with him in front of an amused audience in the park. I was very embarrassed, however it probably served me right for laughing!
We heard a few American accents during our climb but other than that we were again the only westerners. Both men and women stopped as they passed to snap a photo of us and all smiles as they did so! !
After climbing down my thighs were trembling! A good work out. Aoife and I needed another toilet-stop. More squatting - style toilets. After that climb my thighs were burning and I could've done with a crane to assist!
Our guide then took us ...
... teaching Juniors ( 6-7 graders) and I am teaching Primary (3rd grade). My group has the youngest group. Todd and I each have a partner for one period of the kids' day. The rest of the people in our group teach them for the rest of the day. This means the kids are in a classroom on their summer break for 6 hours! There are some students in our class that get bored and act out a little, but considering how much they are learning/sitting, they are ...