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House of Steamed Buns & the best Guard Ever

This past January I decided to rent a room with one of my students’ families. I approached an agent, said, ‘I want the cheapest, smallest flat,’ they could offer. We strode through a village, a bridge away from my school. … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Blood-curdling cries in a Silent Village

Today began like every Wednesday. I woke up early — so I could lay around and read the news, snuggle a little longer– before a day met. Washed my face/tidied the hair. Did a full-length mirror check. — Below me … Continue reading

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Twitter/Facebook = Terrorism (in Chiners)

Conversation with a student about Twitter and Facebook:  [For those who don’t know, twitter, youtube, facebook, ‘edu.’ sites, etc. are blocked on China’s internet.] Student:  I can get to those websites which were forbidden like FB, twitter.  But I shouldn’t do … Continue reading

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An Ode to my Students

Nancy – is missing her front teeth but never fails to greet and hug me every day. Isabel – is always sweet, from Malaysia and tries to sweet talk me into doing other things. Sky – is my favorite boy … Continue reading

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Sherlock

Sherlock’s Schedule: Monday-Thursday 7AM-7PM: School Monday-Thursday: 7:30-9:30PM: Piano Friday: 7AM-5PM: School Saturday: 10AM-12PM: Learn English with private tutor Saturday: 2:30PM-5:30PM: Piano Sunday: Free [Summertime: Sherlock has summer classes all day & piano.] Sherlock likes: Dragons Dinosaurs Starbucks Noodles Garlic bread … Continue reading

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Magnum Opus

Last year I arrived at my school on Friday, they told me, I would commence teaching, Monday–2nd Grade. My heart: panicked, ached, worried, angered, cried, smiled, bewildered :all over itself. If you teach 2nd Grade you cannot be: shy, non-animated, … Continue reading

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2nd Grade>Middle School

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 … Continue reading

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the Family who Adopted me.

There I was sitting in my artist’s studio watching my friends get inscriptions with a needle when my phone rang. My landlady was calling. Something about a friend’s daughter who wanted to see my apartment and learn English. I said … Continue reading

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Foreign Teacher

You can tell China is a about 95% homogeneous society just by some of the vocabulary. When people see you sometimes children will shout, ‘waiguoren/meiguoren’ meaning Foreigner or American. I like to shout back ‘zhongguoren,’ meaning Chinese. In the US … Continue reading

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Oyster Goats

Weather has dropped from 90-100 everyday to being 70-80 degrees. It is very nice but feels colder than it is warm. Halloween was fun. It surprises me that China doesn’t participate in Halloween. I know it’s a western holiday but … Continue reading

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