Beggars and Adjectives...discuss...

Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
Trip End Jul 02, 2010

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Thursday, May 20, 2010

We arrived at the high school after an overnight storm. Power was out at the school, and generators could be heard humming outside buildings. Candles lit the serving lines in the cafeteria. After breakfast, we headed to the Middle School. The power was on, but internet service was not working. We were unable to check e-mail or use the internet until we returned to the hotel.

Our lesson was about a man, Percy Buttons, who was a beggar. After listening and reading the story, we had the students retell the story to a partner, using a fill-in-the-blank prompt to help them. Most did well, though it was challenging at times to find the right words to fill the blanks. They next pretended to be a person like Percy, with no money or food. What would they do? They discussed possible solutions, then shared with the class. They came up with good solutions.

We moved into a grammar lesson about the article adjectives, a, an, some, and the. Even though the rules had exceptions (typical for the English language), students understood when it was appropriate to use each adjective before a noun. They did a brief scavenger hunt to find things in the classroom that could have an article adjective put before them.

Another afternoon and another nap! Mr. O was adventurous and went out to exchange some dollars for yuans (1 dollar = 6.8 yuan). He went to a nearby bank branch. They ended up sending him by pedicab to the main Bank of China in Nanxi. The staff was very helpful, greeting Mr. O as he approached the door. This was a rare event at the bank. One young man stayed with him at the teller window until the transaction was completed. They talked at length about Mr. O's experience so far in China.

After dinner, we had our last rehearsal for the singing competition Friday evening. We found out that it would be held rain or shine, outside in the main courtyard square. The last two years it rained, but the show went on! We're hoping for dry weather.

Ms. Long and Mr. O returned to the hotel early, so Mr. O would be able to participate, via Skype, in his Jenks East Intermediate team's End-of-the-Year Awards Assembly. Unfortunately, the storms in Tulsa apparently knocked out internet service to the school. Disappointing, but he wishes his students well! Ms. Long hopes everything will be working for her team's assembly Friday morning (midnight Saturday for her!).
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Andrea Chalker on

I'm sorry that you didn't get to Skype with your class... they had everything set up and ready to go and then we realized the internet was down. :( The storms last night were pretty intense, but that's Oklahoma! I can't wait to hear how the singing competition goes... please have someone video that! Things just aren't the same without you guys here. Miss you!

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