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MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW FOR THIS YEAR'S EXCHANGE FUNDRAISER BANQUET » This year's banquet will be held on May 9 at 6:30-8:30 in Lindquist Commons. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for teachers and $20 for students. Poster and order form here. Please share with friends!
2013 EXCHANGE GROUP UPDATE » This year's group has completed its exchange and has returned home safely. We now await the arrival of the delegation from Hangzhou in late April. Stay tuned for more upcoming adventures.
2014 STUDENT AND TEACHER APPLICATIONS Students and teacher for the 2014 exchange have been selected. Thanks to all of those who applied for the program.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sent at (China time): 8:05 PM
it looks like we're going to have to learn Vietnamese now.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Sent at (China time): 11:15 AM
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Sent at (China time): 9:41 PM
On this lovely Thursday, the Bears started out the day ready for Culture class. Zou Lao Shi asked us if we wanted to go to Prince Bay Garden near West Lake, we happily said yes. Before leaving, I presented the group gift to our teacher who was both happy and surprised.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Curse this alarm. Five more minutes of sleep and I'll get up. I promise. Half an hour later? Just getting up. Inhale breakfast and we're out the door. Upon arriving at the school, the gang convened at our den to start another school day.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sent at (China time): 8:10 PM
Today was another characteristically busy day for everyone's favorite bears. The morning started off in Chinese painting, a class which we all enjoy but do struggle with a bit due to our artistic inabilities (I'm the weakest link in this case). About an hour into class I had a painting which I was fairly confident in, as I thought it looked like the subject matter I was trying to depict (flowers). However, when I went to go show the teacher, her response to my masterpiece was that it didn't look like a flower, but at least it had feeling! From that point, I fell back onto the refined art of splatter painting. Ah, looks like I won't be a Picasso any time soon.
Sent at (China time): 12:07 PM
My apologies for the absence of blog postings – I have been kept busy the last two weeks teaching Gao Er and Gao Yi classes, respectively (these are equivalent to our junior and sophomore classes). As noted in an earlier post, the class culture greatly differs from what I am used to. However, this time I wasn’t teaching a set curriculum. My presentation consisted of a virtual tour of Boston, a run through of the different colleges and universities in the area, my family and interests, a tour of DSMS, what I teach in 7th grade English, pictures of my classes (yes, kids, they loved the pictures we took before I left!), and a sample poetry lesson that incorporates music. When I have run out of time during my lesson with the Gao Yi (year one) classes, the students have closed the doors and windows, urging me to continue. Since some of the students are host siblings for the Bears, the feedback I have received is that they enjoyed how expressive and animated I can get.
Sent at (China time): 8:16 AM
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sent at (China time): 12:37 AM
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sent at (China time): 9:44 PM
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sent at (China time): 7:54 PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Sent at (China time): 10:11 AM
Good day to those near and far!
My host sister Serenity and I headed off to school where I went to the usual room of 209. We had handiwork class where we made whistles out of bamboo with our names on it! I was excited because I had never made a whistle before and it was even cooler to be able to have my name engraved on the whistle via laser. While waiting for our whistles to be engraved, Apple showed us a song by Team H (Apple is a really big fan), which it was possible that we spotted Team H in Shanghai.