Tag Archives: Teaching

#Tuvalu and the #Round Ocean Economy

19 Apr

#Student – They (#tuvalu) are a good economy becuase the land is small and the ocean is round.

#Me — It’s the ’round’ #ocean that is the make-or-break factor here. . . Those hexagonal oceans are just worthless. Might as well not exist. 🏝️😝

#Teacher #teach #humor #funny

The #Royalty is here! Now go away. . . . (#Teaching humor)

15 Apr

My class roster: Duke, King, Noble, Catherine, Peter, Ivan, Henry, Harry, Elizabeth, Helen, Kate, William, John, Robert, James, Solomon, David

Me : Now that the royalty has all arrived. . . Let’s talk about why Feudalism is a terrible system. 

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#Teacher Life 😂

9 Apr

75% of a #teachers job is bribing other teachers to do something 😂 Come to #education – You’ll work to death, but have an abundance of cookie bribes!

Vote Sugar for Participation!

26 Dec
Me: Your assignment is NOT a presentation — you are supposed to lead a class discussion.
 
Student:  I don’t understand.
 
Me: You ask the class questions and get them to participate and talk. 😐
 
Student:  Our grade means the class has to TALK to us? But teacher, this is not the China way. Maybe we do not like to talk in class. Maybe we will all have a very bad grade.
 
Me (in my mind): Welcome to the life of the laowai laoshi (foreign teacher) and the struggle for participation!
 
Me (in reality): You can do this. Maybe call on people one by one. Or ask your friends to help you. Or offer the first person to talk candy.
 
Student: . . . . . . . 😑
 
WeChat 5 minutes later . . . . “You may use every way to force your classmates to work for you. Teacher Olivia recommends sugar.”
 
Me: Bwahahahahahahahaha . . . Behold, the power of sugar! 😝😆🤣🍡🍨🍬🍭🍫🍰🎂🍪🍩

China #Book Art

19 Dec

​Awwwww, my #student got me this beautiful bookmark for #Christmas. It looks like the Traditional Chinese cut-out #art – with #bamboo leaves and simple window pane style. Love it!

Education SUPPORTS Training

11 Dec

One of the things I wish more college professors focused on  was explaining WHY classes are important.

I have found that my students repeat the same idea:  they expect their jobs to prepare them for their work. They believe that when they start a job, the company will give them training and experience. They will start on the bottom and, as they are trained, work their way up. They end up going to college to get the paper with no interest in actually learning. They feel like they will just get the same material in career training later.

And to an extent this is true. Most companies are willing to offer and may require training after hiring you.  But companies do not want to spend time & $$ training a college graduate in information they were expected to learn in college. If I am going to educate you myself, why would I pay for a more expensive college graduate?  If you say that you have a BA in Finance, companies expect you to at least know what stocks, bonds, derivatives, stockholders, etc. are and how they work.  I may train you in how my company does it specifically, but I expect you to know the general theory and vocabulary BEFORE training.  I pay a college graduate more because I have to train them LESS. College is to give you the foundations so that the company can train you QUICKLY in the specifics and then you hit the ground running. 

How to Pass an Exam

8 Dec

Student: Teacher! I did it! Every time I read a question, I thought “What was the big point?” And if it was 100% true, I chose it! Even if there was another that maybe was true!

Me: Yayayayayayayayayayay!!!!!!

**My “A” students have had a difficult time with this. They over-think themselves into exceptions and assume there is a trick. “well. . . but, but, but! It COULD have been diseconomies of scale if the moon was on the left and the sun came up in the west and it was exactly 4pm and the revenue was 0!” We had a very long discussion at review that I do NOT try to trick people. I need EVERYONE to pass! 🤣😄 There is ALWAYS an exception, so focus on the main idea. Finally, one of them got it! Hooray!

Abbreviations are CRAZY

28 Nov
Me: “If I give you Q, TVC, and TFC you can find TC, AVC, AFC, SMC, ATC, etc.”
 
Students: 😓😵
 
Me: 🤣 Let’s try it step by step. . .

Happy #Thanksgiving!

23 Nov

Delicous treasure from one of my adorable students today – another gave me some Bon Bons.  Since I had to work on #thanksgiving (not a Holiday abroad 😭), this was quite the treat! 

#Scrabble Game Night!

14 Nov

Scrabble night at the #university!  The #Chinese students first time ever – we hosted a big #competition! 😃 They had a ton of fun – one group earned 38 points in a turn!

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