Day 2 In Jinnuin Town
Trip Start Jul 18, 2013
16Trip End Aug 05, 2013
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The stimulation is overwheleming. so many socunds, so much activity. So many people want to welcome us and take care of us and provide us food.
The morning started with rice noodles in broth w/ vegatables and beef. Too much for me, I waited around a bit and then walked back to hotel to get more coffee. I brought my own, which is a good thing. Forthunately, there is water in the room is in a machine (like culligan's) that pumps our hot and cold water.
We went the classroom at the primary school where we will be teaching. Boy o boy, did I ever pick bad time to give up smoking crack. IN the room are forty tables with short wooden benches. the teachers will sit on these for the full day. There is really no room for them to get up and move--but of course, I am looking at it from my culture. People are constantly standing on street, or sqatting and they sit on little stools in all places that we eat, and they seems fine with very close personal space. the officials here suggested that four people could sit at each table--a table that we would suggest is cramped for two. I wanted to get rid of some of the tables and re-arrange, but we decided to wait until tomorrow, after the dignataries come and go.
We learned that the smart students get to sit up front and the kids that are not so bright and the ones that misbehave will sit in the back. The classrom is typical--60-70 students to one teacher. They sit and listen and copy all day. According to professor Yan, there is not much student working together or discussion. Teacher asks question and one student answers. We will be talking to them about things that will be very difficult for them to do--how do they get to know each student and their needs? How will they differentiate?
the Bureau Dean took us to lunch--only a couple hours after breakfast. She had the staff bring us 11 different dishesand rice for only 6 people. It is custom to welcome visitors in this way--lots of variety in food. It is impossible not to try things, even though I don't know what it is--my only requirments is that it be hot.
they wanted to work again after lunch, but I told them I needed a break. I'm going to take a little nap right now. I'm so tired, I think becasue of all the activity and not knowing the language.