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... substituting one of my classes, for no publicized reason. I have to say, honestly, the group of kids she has (my Class 2) is a great group, so in some ways, I'm quite proud of them, but it is incredibly frustrating because now, they will not have time to review for the exam, since Jill is being scripted to teach completely new lessons that have nothing to do with my curriculum. I am probably going to be expected to tailor the exam for them, or ...
... as that might seem, it is quickly turning out to be one of the most poignant learning experiences of this trip thus far.
We didn’t have Thanksgiving day off from work, so we agreed to go out to dinner at one of our favorite Chinese restaurants to celebrate. The food was wonderful, and it was nice to be in a celebratory atmosphere with new ...
... wrong for both teacher and primary school….lao shi (pronounced “l-ow (like ouch) shi (like sure) means both teacher and old poop, depending on the tone you use. To top it off, the word for primary school sounds a lot like bathroom, no lie. It is like something out of a movie. So of course, when she asked me to tell her what I do and where I work during one lesson, I proudly answered that I am old poop that works in a bathroom. She just about ...
... to set things right with Christine, figure out what happened on Friday, and prepare for a happier, more productive class. That is not, however, what happened. Christine's coat was missing from the rack and from her chair; when I asked Simon, another waijiao assistant, about her, his eyes grew wide.
He informed me that Christine was fired over the incident on Friday. The kid ...
... than normal.
Making sure all material is covered properly is a challenge because my students don't usually offer honest feedback. They will insist they understand something, but in reality, many have no clue what I just said. Only recently have a few been brave enough to tell me that something is unclear. I try to reward them for telling me, because I need to know what is confusing in order to truly teach.
Christine, my assistant, has a lot ...
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