Happy Halloween! #teachersarecool
I have arrived in Beijing!
Per request, I’ll start blogging about my cray Asian adventures.
I have been in China for 5 days. I have felt surprisingly at home the whole time. Beijing isn’t incredibly different from any other big city in the US. The major visible differences between here and SF or NYC are the language used on signage, the smog (so far it hasn’t been bad. just a couple ‘smogercast’ days), lots more people out and about, a lot more construction (Chinese like to build and rip down buildings to provide jobs), the stray dogs here are pure bred, the clothing style of the people, and the kind of street food served. I know I just got here, but I have a good feeling about this adventure.
I teach at a HUGE boarding school. I couldn’t tell you how many kids are there, like, thousands. Inside this school there is the International School and the Carden School. I teach at the Carden School. Mae Carden is an educational philosopher, her schools are the Carden Schools and can be found throughout the world. I have heard her method compared to Montessori in the pre-K context. Parents pay extra for their children to be a part of Carden with the expectation that their children will have advanced English skills.The students in grades 1-5 come to our classrooms 45minutes a day everyday to receive English classes which are taught by American and Canadian teachers (my peeps) using the Carden Method.
Carden School has a separate campus (15minute walk) for the Preschool students. This is where I teach. You may have seen the picture of my castle? Yeah, awesome. This part of the school was built last year and it is very nice. In addition to the castle, we also have several small zoos (complete with the Golden Retriever exhibit), a massive playground, Fairy Land-like houses, and a waterfall. Pre-K students are separated by age. We have classes of 3/4yr olds, 4/5yr olds, and 5/6yr olds. I teach English to the 5/6yr olds which in the states would be our Kindergarteners. These young students also live on campus. Their classrooms have their beds, clothes, toothbrushes, towels, etc. The kids are SO FLIPPIN CUTE!
I miss Brent a whole bunch. If you see him, give him a hug. Today is his birthday.
I am now accepting donations! If you love me, please send me really good and fancy ground coffee, and a small coffee press (mine broke on the plane). And letters! FB me for my address.
I love you all. I’ll post pics and words often.
I walked across the Mexican border this morning at 2am.
Probably the strangest thing I’ve done… in a while. Five years from now, if someone were to ask me why I was at the Mexican-U.S. Customs in the middle of the night on a Monday, I’m not sure I’d be able to answer.
That was the first time I used my new passport. In less than two months I will use it again. It’s almost China time.
In other news, this weekend, a dude walked across a tight-rope which was stretched across the Grand Canyon. He’s alive. Woah.
In other other news, Hostess will re release Twinkies. I feel sorry for everyone who stocked their bomb shelters with the timeless treats.