Teacher's Day, Class 132, Justin Bieber?

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Flag of China  , Hunan,
Friday, September 10, 2010

Today is National Teacher's Day in China. I received cards from two of my classes and two single flowers from a couple of random students passing out flowers to teachers. Some of the other American teachers received gifts from their students as well. Is there a National Teacher's Day in the US? It seems to be quite a special day here, although we still did have to teach. It was nice, lots of kids saying "Happy Teacher's Day."
    I only taught two classes today-- two "special" classes, both of which were quite good. I've decided that class #132 is my favorite class. They're so smart! I did exactly the same things with them as the other classes-- except I didn't have them change seats because they were good-- and we just flew through everything. I didn't feel need to really say a lot on the rules, I didn't have to spend a lot of time quieting them down. They were just good kids-- and they understood things quickly. I actually ran out of things to do because they just got everything so quickly. They were even really good at the listening game where they closed their eyes and followed my directions. They were too good! I think I'm going to have to plan slightly different lessons for them. At the end of class, I thought it might be good to play a game of "telephone" but they actually were too smart for this game-- they cheated and they told each other what I said-- in Chinese-- and then the ones that understood would tell the last person-- and skip everyone in between. I don't think I made the rules very clear though-- and so they all just cheated. I like the idea of playing this game but I think with clear rules, it would work better. Next time.
    The other class, was not quite as quick. There were a few rowdy kids that I hat to move. They didn't get the ABC game very well. I think they understood it after I gave them some clear examples but they didn't do a good job of putting themselves in order. During the listening/follow directions game, they didn't know what a lot of my directions meant-- like 'raise your hand,' 'nod,' 'turn to the front,' etc. That was good to find out. At the end of class, one kid came up to me and asked me why we played that game-- I explained that I wanted to know how well they could listen, how good their English vocabulary was, and how well they could follow directions. He was a sweet kid. I asked him if he thought that was a good idea and he smiled and said yes (though maybe he was lying). I liked that he asked me about the game.
   I just downloaded some Chinese music. I really want to bring some music to class for the kids-- although I know Justin Bieber is quite popular amongst the girls and well, I don't need "Baby, Baby, Baby, ohhh" to be bouncing around my head all day-- which it will be, if I play it in class. One girl after class asked me if I liked Justin Bieber. I didn't want to say no because I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I said that he was a bit young for me and that many young girls in America liked him. I wish I had brought over some teen magazines with J-Biebs on the cover. It would have been a nice prize for some of the girls.  It's hard to make class interesting for everyone when the interests range from Justin Bieber to Starcraft (whatever it's called-- some video game). I would love to somehow incorporate video games into my lessons-- because so many kids are into video games., but I have no idea how. There are some smart boys in the classes who are good at English-- but have short attention spans. I'm not sure how to deal with them.
    So.... week 1 is complete. That's it, I guess! We'll see what happens next week.
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Dumbeldore on

Only I can call him J Biebs

za.sievers on

Ah Starcraft is a good game! Very hard.

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i love you

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