Here are some snapshots around Gaoxin No. 1 High School campus as well as Gaoxin No. 2 Primary School. I have a nice 20 minute walk to the primary school where I am spending a couple weeks. I have been teaching some of the English classes there and it has been a great experience. A few myths have been dispelled. Namely the notion that students here sit quietly and at attention at all times. Kids—no matter where they live on this planet—are kids. J To manage a classroom of 60 students takes some sort of magic that I haven’t acquired yet. And when class is over, to be mobbed by all these first graders who want to stand right next to the teacher, requires more than a bit of balance!! Their greetings never lack in enthusiasm. And when they ask, “What is your nationality?” and I respond, “I am American,” the entire class breaks into applause and cheers. They are encouraged to answer all questions asked by the teacher in a very loud voice. Chinese classrooms are not places for soft spoken folks. I was comforted to see a teacher wear a wireless microphone on Monday. She said most teachers have some voice problems. I can understand why.
Gaoxin Primary students with Flat Stella and Pepe
*for more adventures with Pepe, check out Ben's blog: http://lasperspectivasdepepe.blogspot.com/
The teachers are involved in the morning exercise, and I got this snapshot of Ben on the track with the Biology teacher when I left the apartment yesterday morning.
After school basketball group @ Primary School.
High School girls between classes.
Ben and Kevin teaching English conversation.