One more time!

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

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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today we both worked with three of our Senior 1 (sophomore) classes for the last time in our current teaching schedule. It was sad for all, but we lightened the mood with group pictures with each of us.

Mr. O's lesson was a repeat of the second half of his Festivals and Celebrations topic. These groups had not learned the Chicken Dance yet, so it was imperative that they learn this important American tradition! They had a great time, and he managed to get a good video to prove it. He had them come up with a new Chinese celebration. They came up with Student Day, with imaginative ways to celebrate: No school, except for teachers; All types of Chinese foods and some junk food; Teachers would give no homework; Teachers would give each student 1,000,000 yuan (about $150,000 USDollars)!

The students in Ms. Long's class came in very sleepy this morning. With a few stretches and jumping jacks, students were energized and ready to begin. Today's lesson was titled, "The Necklace". Students were given three pictures to look at. They had to list as many details as they could. The pictures included a boy, a girl, a Chinese man, a map, a chest, and a dragon. Next, Ms. Long told them to put on their creative hats and add details to their list using their imaginations. She gave them one rule: Every group had to include details about a necklace. The necklace could be lost, have special powers, etc. She modeled for the students by showing them the dialogue she had written about her and her brother, Kevin, and how she had added imaginative details. The groups then put together a dialogue and assigned parts to group members. Several groups then acted out their dialogues. The students were very creative in adding a necklace into their dialogues and enjoyed performing at the end of class. 

The afternoon was spent doing the usual. We then went to dinner and planned to do Tai Chi and Cha Cha afterwards. Unfortunately, there was light rain, so we just took a lap around the track with Wilma and Principal Jiang. After a quick stroll, Cherry found us and asked us to speak to her class. The students were very surprised and happy to meet us! We answered many questions and then left to meet Frank. Frank had received an email from the Junior school with our schedules for the next three weeks. So, we are ready to prepare for our upcoming lessons. On the way back to the hotel, Frank took us to a tailor shop to be fitted for a Tai Chi suit! They want to give us a special gift. We are anxious to see what they will look like. We should receive them in a week, so stay tuned. Tomorrow, we do not have classes, so we do not know what the day will hold for us. We will soon find out!  
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A Chalker on

Can't wait to see these custom Tai Chi outfits...

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