Tag Archives: Student

Snickerdoodle #Treats!

31 Oct

Making yummy #Snickerdoodles for the 8 #proctors of my #exam today 😊  320 students, 4 classrooms, one exam.  Go #microeconomics students!!!  Fighting!!  Jiayou!

#Teaching Joys #1

16 Sep

❤ Ran into my student at the Starbucks today. She came up and said hi. Then she told me that she’s seen me there once before – but she was too scared to say hello. She was so proud of herself today! Kept giggling with her friends behind the counter. Took us a bit, but we figured out her major and her class. I love my students so much. Watching them blossom, grow braver, and just mature is such a wonderful blessing. #thegoodlife #iloveteaching

#TBT – #China Style

6 Jun

This is how we do homecoming in China! We go WAY back to the ancient alumni era 😜

#Teaching Success

16 Mar

Happy St. Patricj’s day from #china!  Starting off well! One if the #students was asking a friend to translate what I was teaching them about the holiday.  He calledme ‘Beauty Teacher’. 👸 MADE MY DAY! ❤  I obviously got some #goodluck somewhere today! 🍀

Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance

21 Sep

The Traditional Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance! Part of a show performed by students at the University for the “Welcoming Freshmen Candlelighting Ceremony” #ChinaTravel #LifeinChina #ChineseCulture

I Have Great Students

17 Feb

It is seriously unfair to other teachers that I got the best students in the world. 🙂 Remember I love each of you and I believe in you! You deserve the best this world has to offer, thank you for being so amazing!

Student Humor ~ Yeah. . . No.

17 Nov

Student who turned in assignment 1 week + late ~ “But Teacher, I explained everything, I think you must have forgot”

Teacher ~ Um. . . . I don’t think ‘I had a personal reason’ counts when I told you in three forms of communication (written, oral, and electronic) that we needed a note and more details and you ignored them all. Trust me, if ‘personal reason’ had been enough to get me out of English papers in college, I would have used it a whole lot more!

❤ Students

4 Nov

Had two students stop by last night just to chat ~ we talked for four hours 😛  Then had a sweet student bring me cookies this morning, and another one tea.  I Love my Kids!  They seriously have hearts of GOLD!  ❤

Chinese Teaching Objective Passed!

19 Sep

Three Cheers!  Woohoo! Yay! 

Oops, sorry I got a little carried away – I’m teaching my students about leading by being the team’s cheerleader and got a little caught up in the chanting and cheering 😛

I recently accomplished a great triumph in my classroom here in China – a student raised her hand and asked me to repeat myself.  

Yes, you heard that right. . . she raised her hand and spoke in class.  (wipes away a tear) I’m just so proud.  

One of the cultural differences I’ve found here in China as a teacher is that students respect their teachers almost to the point of worship.  It’s both self-confidence-inspiring and terrifying.  They have a general fear of speaking in front of other students due to the risk of sounding like an idiot (one I’m sure students around the world share), a problem compounded by their culturally-specific fear of asking the teacher a question. I rather suspect they expect the event to go something like this:

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S: Teacher, I am so incredibly sorry, and I know it’s my fault, you are oh so wise. But I’m utterly lost.

Me:  Shock! Gasp! Horror! You are telling me I (a foreigner from a strange land speaking your third language) didn’t explain the concept of Kantian ethics precisely the first time for you to immediately grasp all nuances?  How dare you!  Fiend! Horrible creature!  Someone call the class monitor and have this child fed to wolves immediately!

Class Monitor:  Off with his head!

Classmates:  Bwahahahahahaha, what a fool!

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And so forth.

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Book Review: “A Cheap Ticket For Student Travel”

21 May

“A Cheap Ticket for Student Travel”

by Gary Chen

A small little guide for the average college student on saving while they travel.

Gary Chen’s new book, “A Cheap Ticket for Student Travel” is a great, yet short, read for college/low income students interested in traveling (especially traveling abroad).  At only 23 pages (in PDF form), you can read through it pretty quickly, but it offers some great insights into how you can travel even on a college student’s budget.  

He opens with a pretty strong argument for traveling while you’re young ~ time, energy, and lack of ties.  This is something I wish a lot more students would keep in mind; by the time you have jobs, families, and other demands on your time and attention, traveling becomes less and less of a likelihood.  Since traveling can significantly add to both your accomplishments and the broadening of your experience, taking that awesome trip now is a pretty good idea.

Most of his advice officially starts in Chapter two, where he begins with the important saving tool – Planning.  This carries through the next two chapters during which he discusses how  even little things like grouping nearby locations together can save money on costs.  Chapter 5 is where he really gets into precise methods of saving as opposed to more general recommendations.  He also has a really great form on pages 17-18 that helps you list out your expected expenses and likely total.  I think filling this out is a great way of reminding yourself precisely how much this might cost you and what you need to save. Throughout the book, he offers some great means of saving and I like the main message he communicates — traveling doesn’t have to ruin you financially!

Writing style: Some of the writing could use some editing and there were a few choppy areas, but overall I found it to be a quick and easy read.  A great addition to the ebook is the number of internal links Chen offers his readers–he frequently links to relevant and interesting articles relating to the subject of discussion.  Particularly helpful are the links to discount sites and saving tools; I might even use a few of these!

If you are interested or thinking about traveling, I recommend checking his book out.  You can find it on Smashwords as a FREE E-book (I like the free part, it matches his theme 🙂 )

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