…I will have finished my first day of teaching in China!
Yes, it’s true: today is our last day of “freedom” (whatever that is when it’s at home) here in Shijiazhuang. Tomorrow, at 8:30 am, there will be up to 30 students in my classroom, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to learn English! Hey, a girl can dream.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about this week of teaching. My first day is planned out to a “t,” and I have more than enough to keep us busy for the 4 hours and 40 minutes that I will be actively instructing teenagers. After that, however, it’s anybody’s guess. I have rough ideas of what I want to cover and what projects I want to do, but I’m going to have to rely on my fellow teachers to help me figure out the timing of some these activities. For example, how long should I give the students to practice their poetry for recitation? Do they need a full day to read a fairy tale, creating a (very) basic plot diagram, and then composing a short play to act out the story? I hate playing things by ear, and although I know that everything is subject to change and that I’ll be reevaluating daily what I can and cannot do based on my students’ skill sets, I’d like to have more than a rough plan going forward.
I’m sure there will be plenty to report tomorrow, but for now, I will leave you with some pictures of my classroom and plead for your prayers as I go forth unto this new adventure.