Extraordinary Experiences in Education!

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

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Monday, May 24, 2010


Today began our last week with our current students at both schools. Next week we'll begin another 3-week rotation with new students. It was another sunny, warm day in Nanxi.

Mr. O started his Senior 1 (sophomore) classes with the rousing song, It's a Beautiful Life, to wake up his Monday morning students. Then, he shared his weekend excursion to the Bamboo Sea, showing several of the pictures from the trip. He continued the second part of his lesson on Festival and Celebrations. He explained several American holidays (Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Thanksgiving). His students were assigned the task of planning a party for one of the holidays. It was very interesting to hear the groups try to figure out what to eat, how to decorate, and any special music or gifts for the occasion. They did a good job with an unusual assignment. After sharing their plans, we closed the class with a final American tradition, THE CHICKEN DANCE, a tradition in all of Mr. O's classes! It was a fun way to end our time together.

During the morning break, an excited student began explaining to Mr. O about some Chinese medicines she gave him as a gift last week. With the help of her friends, teacher Mark, and the Internet, she showed Mr. O many interesting things. He plans on making a presentation about Chinese medicine to share with his students next fall in the new Sino Trojan Academy.

Ms. Long continued her science fiction lesson with Senior 2 students. Today, students had a great time being creative with one another. Students gathered in groups of four. Two students had to pretend they experienced something extraordinary. The other two students were reporters interviewing the students about their experience. The eyewitnesses had to make the reporters believe in what they saw. Ms. Long and her students loved hearing all of the interesting creatures and sightings that the students made up. They then watched a short video clip of the Loch Ness monster, which is similar to the creature they have read about in Lake Tianchi, China. The room was divided on whether they believed in "Nessie" or not. Classes ended with sad goodbyes and pictures.

We had the afternoon to recover from yesterday's trip. It also gave us time to upload pictures and videos to get the blog up-to-date.

HINT, HINT: You may want to go back to the entries from May 14th to today for new pictures, videos, and updates!

The evening found us making more updates, skyping with family and friends (including JEI teacher, Mrs. Halpin, who is expecting her first child any day), and doing final preparations for our lessons at the junior school.

Mr. O ended his day with a Skype visit with his classes on their last day of school for the year. They asked great questions about his trip, and even asked him to sing a Chinese song from the recent singing competition. We did one last Chicken Dance together. He was happy to see them for the final time as fifth graders. They looked ready for sixth grade and summer vacation!
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Michelle Funkhouser on

John and Shawna,

I have so enjoyed reading about your adventures during my lunch break.

I am so glad that you had the opportunity to see your students one last time before they move on. I know how much they miss you and were excited to see you.

I will continue to follow your adventures throughout the summer and I can't wait to see you in the fall. I think we should have fireworks when JEI reopens!

God Bless! Michelle

jenksei2010 on

Michelle, We wouldn't be comfortable being here if it were not for wonderful people like you and our substitutes who kept things going for us back home. Thank you so much! I like the fireworks idea for the grand re-opening! John

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