Teaching Practice just started.
We are on our way to school. We are going to teach there for five days. We are divided into groups of four, teaching one class together. We walk into the class. Excited. There are 17 cute faces staring at us. The 18th student comes in just 5 minutes to late. He sits down at the back of the class, and opens his Chinese book. He starts reading, not caring about us or the others. He is naughty.
Another kid is over- excited. He jumps around in the classroom. He is naughty too.
And than there is this little, tiny girl. Her name is Sophy. She is just adorable. She is good in English, too. And than there is a very tall Coco, giraffe- head Tina - a shy, cute girl. And than there are plenty of others. Amy, clever Jay, quiet Jay, Chris, Angel, Mary ... They are all cute. All lively and adorable.
We start the lesson by introducing our selves. We pull out a map of the world, showing where we are from. The world map in China, places China in the centre of the map. I was about to call it a wrong map, but then I just realized that we do exactly the same in Europe. Our world map is centred around Europe only. Just a fun fact...
The lesson started. We had learned a lot about what to do, and what not to do during these three weeks of teaching training. But to put it into practice is something else. We were not totally sure of what we were doing, but somehow it worked out.
Tomorrow is going to be a new day.
And ... today is the tomorrow of yesterday. Today it went very well. The lesson as a whole was good. We did different activities. The students participated a lot. They enjoyed.
But there are many things I need to improve. For me it feels a bit unatural to be in front of a class, and teach. But it is exciting. It is fun.
Today we had as main topic, "where do you live, and what do you like about it". We were talking about London, about adjectives and about different places in Beijing. About likes and dislikes.
Tomorrow we are going to do some craft activities, watching Tom and Jerry (a funny thing; I called it Ben and Jerry. It shouldn't be that easy to mix up ice cream and the most amazing cartoon, but well, I apperantly manage to do so), and talking about sports.
Only a few more days in Beijing and than we will be spread with all the winds. Many people back home wonder how you can go to a country not knowing where you are going to stay. It is like travelling to Europe and not knowing if you end up in Poland, Spain or Norway. It might sound strange, but I never really worried about my placement.
Today however, we finally got to know where we are going to be placed in China. Many people will go to the south. Some are going up north. Quite a few are staying in Beijing, and some are going to live in Central China. Together with a group of 6 people, I'm going to be placed in Changsha, Hunan. It is in the middle - south of the country. Changsha has about 7 million inhabitants. It has the greatest nightlife outside Shanghai and Beijing. The first wife of Mao was born here. The city has been rebuild, and is a good mixture of old and new. (It was already established a couple of years b.c.). The city has many skyscrapers, a huge river, many good shopping malls and spicy food! Sound pretty good!
In addition I'm going to teach primary school. The students can be anything between 6 and 11 years old.
Even though the placement seems to be great, I am rather sad to leave Beijing. I just realized that the parting part of this trip is about to start. We have to leave all the people behind, with whom we build great bonds with...
But that is life. An end is a new beginning. The exciting thing about it is, that you never know which part is the best part; the new beginning or the old end. Life suprises you every single moment of the day, and things always turn out differently than expected.
So ... throw away all your expectations, and go with the flow ...