Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
80Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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As we left the high school campus, we noticed that the Chinese flag was a half-staff. We were not sure why until later when we discovered that Tuesday was the anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake.
Once we arrived at the Middle School, we prepared our rooms for class. Mr. O discovered an ethernet cable to connect to his laptop, which meant that the internet was probably available in our classrooms.
To start our lesson, we both spent a few minutes answering questions students had about us or America. They were so surprised at the smaller class sizes, shorter school day, and shorter school year. When they heard how long our summer vacation was, their eyes widened in amazement.
Next, we went over last week's homefun, then guided our students using a story about a writer whose brother was in Australia working as an engineer. After hearing the story several times, the students were asked to create a 5 W's chart analyzing the story (Who, What, Where, When, Why) in pairs
After a typical afternoon at the hotel, we looked out our windows at darkening skies. As we got near the high school for our dinner, it began to lightly rain. By the time we were eating, it had turned into a late afternoon shower. Neither of us had brought raingear, so we waited outside the cafeteria, hoping that it would end soon. It didn't. Finally, a kind-hearted young lady saw us and offered an extra umbrella that she had with her. We got her name and class in order to return it to her tomorrow. Such is the generous spirit of the Chinese people!
We walked a few laps around the soccer field with Wilma and her husband, Vice-Principal Jiang. During our walk, we found out that a generous and successful former student had donated money to not only renovate the entire campus, but to build a new arts building near the main entrance to the campus
Then, it was off to singing practice with the teachers. We have a week to memorize two songs. We got the pinyin wording for each song, which will make the learning a little easier. One song is about not forgetting the motherland of China. The new one is a story about the army crossing a major river during their Civil War. The singing is very spirited, a fun way to end the day!
We heard about the early Thursday morning storm in Tulsa. We hope that our families and friends were spared any major damage or injury.