I teach second grade and the students are the most adorable things I have ever seen.
I started teaching about 4 days after my plane landed! Not so easy but very easy because I came to realize all you do with small children who just need to speak English is play games GALORE.
My first day I went in assuming my children were geniuses. My plan was too advanced and I realized I had to change it up. Play more games and the less words the better.
My second day of teaching we had a field trip! I never went on a field trip with my middle school students in Longhua. It was so fun. We went to a park with about 300 second graders. I realized that kids absolutely LOVE snacks. Thank goodness I didn’t even bring any because trust me I was well fed by my students.
and overall got to let loose and speak some English. So different from public school.
I even met a new teacher friend, Nicole, who shares the same birthday with me but is a rabbit not a tiger. She’s from Hubei–Hunan.
I’ve got kids from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, America, Canada, England, etc. I have the cutest girl who’s half Chinese half English. I will be taking pictures of all these guys!
So I love my new school. It’s refreshing to have the same kids every single day, 5 days a week. I also teach Science once every other week to the same students. This is more of a challenge since its focus isn’t to have the kids speak all the time but to have them understand science concepts in English.
I live in the dorm surrounded by students as well but I’ve found that an hour long metro ride is not so bad sometimes in the morning =P nonetheless I am keeping my dorm room because it is very nice to go back and have a nap after lunch. I’m also well fed, the school prepares breakfast, lunch, and dinner for free so I don’t have to go around town to scavenge food. However during the weekend it’s a ghost-town at the school. No teachers, students, and hardly any staff other than guards. I have a week long holiday coming up. Last year I went to Guilin this year I am going to bask in an empty Shenzhen and prepare lessons.