First week of teaching!
Trip Start Aug 24, 2007
16Trip End Dec 19, 2007
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First of all, to all you teachers (especially the younger grades), I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR YOU!!! It is so much work to get lesson plans together and then to make sure that I have everything I need in the classroom so that I don't waste time having to run to the office and get it. I do a class every morning with nine 2-year-olds. 1) I find it so heartbreaking that these kids who are so little have to live at this school with hardly ever seeing their parents. They are disciplined by being yelled at and hit and they really just need some love. One little girl came over to me the other day with tears streaming down her face. I picked her up, sat her on my lap, and just hugged her and rocked her for about 10 minutes
Anyway, it's so fun to be able to walk around campus now and go play ping pong with my kids on their break or hear "Teacher, teacher!" From across campus and see one of your kids running toward you to give you a big hug. These older kids just need love too. They love giving hugs all the time and it is so cute!
Well, I'm going to Shanghai this weekend because the school has a long 4-day weekend every couple of weeks. We're going to see a Women's World Cup soccer game (double-header, actually...Argentina v. Japan and Germany v. England!). I will write again sometime when I get the chance after that! I love you all!