First day of class

Trip Start May 08, 2009
Trip End Aug 01, 2009

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Flag of China  , Hunan,
Monday, August 31, 2009

Sorry everyone for not posting as regular as I have in the past. Everything is going great, almost to great and I wonder what will go wrong. Let me explain. I received my placement school earlier before I left for China it is on the west side of Changsha and has a college feel. There are a lot of young Chinese students just hanging out. There is a mountain to my left and river to my right. My school has two campuses one located where my apartment is and another that is the satellite campus, 25 minutes away. I was selected to teach at the satellite campus which is called Guanyi Middle School. There I teach 9 junior 1 classes (12-13 year olds) and 6 senior 1 classes ( 15 -16 year olds). The junior 1 students have never learned English before so it is really hard to communicate with them. I have to speak extremely slow and use hand motions and body language to get my point across. The senior 1 classes are great they can understand English pretty well, so you can accomplish a lot more with them. This week's lesson plan has been about rules, consequences, goals for the year, my intro, and a worksheet in which the students answer questions about what they want to learn and what they expect from a good teacher. Oh I received a Chinese name it is 西安, which is Xi'an the city to the north with the terracotta warriors. I was given this because it sounds pretty close to my name Sean. Xi'an also means west and peace. The name fits with the meaning too, I come from the west and in peace. Anyway my  school, classes and apartment are great. I recently bought a bicycle and a gym membership too. The gym is a 10 min bike ride from my place. I forgot to mention that at my school I receive lunches for free and have Fridays off for traveling. Below are some pictures of my apartment and some other things. Hope everybody is doing good. I would love to hear from everyone too. My email is 
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