First day of class

Trip Start May 08, 2009
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Trip End Aug 01, 2009


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Monday, August 31, 2009

Sorry everyone for not posting as regular as I have in the past. Everything is going great, almost to great and I wonder what will go wrong. Let me explain. I received my placement school earlier before I left for China it is on the west side of Changsha and has a college feel. There are a lot of young Chinese students just hanging out. There is a mountain to my left and river to my right. My school has two campuses one located where my apartment is and another that is the satellite campus, 25 minutes away. I was selected to teach at the satellite campus which is called Guanyi Middle School. There I teach 9 junior 1 classes (12-13 year olds) and 6 senior 1 classes ( 15 -16 year olds). The junior 1 students have never learned English before so it is really hard to communicate with them. I have to speak extremely slow and use hand motions and body language to get my point across. The senior 1 classes are great they can understand English pretty well, so you can accomplish a lot more with them. This week's lesson plan has been about rules, consequences, goals for the year, my intro, and a worksheet in which the students answer questions about what they want to learn and what they expect from a good teacher. Oh I received a Chinese name it is 西安, which is Xi'an the city to the north with the terracotta warriors. I was given this because it sounds pretty close to my name Sean. Xi'an also means west and peace. The name fits with the meaning too, I come from the west and in peace. Anyway my  school, classes and apartment are great. I recently bought a bicycle and a gym membership too. The gym is a 10 min bike ride from my place. I forgot to mention that at my school I receive lunches for free and have Fridays off for traveling. Below are some pictures of my apartment and some other things. Hope everybody is doing good. I would love to hear from everyone too. My email is seefs22@yahoo.com 
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dawn20
dawn20 on

Hey Sport
Looks like you have all the comforts of home, except Mattie. Speaking of Mattie she likes carrot cake, without the icing. Dad was minus one cake yesterday. So glad to hear you are doing well. Miss and love you lots.

helaine
helaine on

Xi'an
Looks like you are settling into your apartment. The pictures are great. The shot of 'morning exercise' is eye opening. There are so many kids. But what a sense of pride to the start of a learning day. Love your updates. Miss you. Aunt Helaine'

helaine
helaine on

up one!
P.S. By the way, we will beat Maddie's carrot cake story and add that Molly jumped up on the grill, burned her paws, but managed to pull down the london broil. I caught her just in time! :>

Hawkins21Priscilla on

Have no enough money to buy some real estate? Don't worry, because that's
real to take the loans to solve all
the problems. Hence get a short term loan to buy all you require.

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