Today was the third day of teaching, here in nanjing. Every 3 days I get a couple of new groups of students, so it was the last time I'll see the kids that I've been teaching so far. I'm excited for what tomorrow's new classes will bring, and also happy that I have 3 "relatively solid" days worth of lesson plans that I've already used which I'll be able to go through again.I know I've already said this, but the Chinese students are awesome. They work hard to use whatever English they know (which varies pretty widely from student to student) and they want to do everything they can to make their American teacher happy. They love asking questions about America, such as "why do you like to drink cold water?" or "what kind of food do you eat there?" or "is Obama handsome?" to name a few. They also love to show me things, like American songs that they know, or to try to get me to pronounce their name or some other word in Chinese. They are eager to get me anything they can if they think I might need something. For example, it's pretty hot here and a boy noticed that I was looking a little warm and sweaty and turned on a fan for me. They like to walk me to and from the classroom. They, like everyone else I've met here, are super accommodating and friendly.Of course, they are also like American middle school students in many ways as well. They like to play games in their free time breaks between classes, they sometimes get a little chatty or rough-house-y (mostly the boys, of course.) They are not eager to raise their hand and/or participate in class, but once they get going, they can really get into it and open up. They like to be silly and crack jokes, but are also conscious of what their peers think of them and try hard not to get embarrassed. They want to make friends and also try to learn more about their teacher than just what they are like in the classroom. They really are typical middle school kids. Who definitely have their pluses and minuses, and who I totally love to teach. These ones just happen to have been born on the other side of the world and are working hard to learn English because it will open so many doors for them in the future.The other cool thing that the students do here at this camp, is they put on performances each evening. Today my students sang an American song and sort of choreographed a little dance for it. One of my classes did Justin bieber "baby," and the other did this poppy/dancey song called "god is a girl." Both of them went pretty well and I took some cute pictures and videos of them. And also the kids were happy and proud of themselves. And I know I had nothing to do with their performance, but i was pretty proud as well - these are 12 and 13 year olds doing a performance in front of a lot of their peers, in a foreign language! Tomorrow's event is some kind of thing where they use English films and speak some of it I think? I havent seen it yet, of course, so I don't know what it will look like, but I keep on getting Mystery Science Theater 3000 in my head when I hear it, ha ha. I'm looking forward to it though.Well, that's all for tonite. I'll try to post a little more often if I can - but our days have been pretty full this whole trip, so we'll see. But I do still want to blog about the food I've had here, some of the awesome/funny signs that I've seen here, and some of the other miscellaneous experiences I've had here, not to mention all the stuff that is going to happen in the next 10 days or so that I'm in China.Thanks for reading my long, rambling posts and feel free to leave a comment if you feel like it (or to let me know that you are, in fact reading my long, rambling posts!) Talk to you soon!

07/07/2013 6:28pm

You are so good at describing things. I feel like I'm there. Sounds amazing. The kids are lucky they got you as their American teacher.


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