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Halloween and Sugar Painting

Halloween is the kids’ favorite holiday in America, according to my question survey in class. And when asked reasons for loving Halloween, they provided the same answer “candies”.

Kids love candies and they also wonder whether Chinese kids have candies as many as they have here. I am not a candy person but I do show them a video of sugar painting  in the shape of a fish jumping out water, which evoked their interes in Chinese snacks and Chinese art because I tell them seriously that sugar painting now is an form of art now. Absolutely it is!

The real life of the Chinses commons is what both the kids and the other teachers would like to know about, and that is also what the Chinese teachers’ real job is.

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Beautiful Autumn

Autumn is the most favorable season in MN with all leaves turn red and yellow, decoraing the little town to its fullest extent.

After school walking seems to be the best way of relaxation everyday. I think this is the most beautiful autumn I have ever seen in my life.

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Chinese is cool!

A 4-grade girl named Briana went to my room one day after school. She knocked at my door and asked for whether she could come in. After a yes from me, she came in and looked around, showing high interet in all the Chinese stuff in the room.

“Chinese is cool. I learned Chinese last year, and I think it is very cool. I like it and I will go to China. Pretty sure!” The 4-grade girl kept saying “cool” for every thing I showed her, the brush pen, the ink stone, and the book introduing traditional Chinese art.

Her visit is all beyond my expectation because the town I am staying now is kind of conversative that China is more or less mystical to most of the residents. What they know about China are maily Pandas and The Great Wall. “Chinese is cool ” from the young lady is actually what I expect all my studnets here could someday agree to.

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Paths

Class management in American schools differs a lot from that in China. To create rules for the class and supervise kids to follow these rules are one of the keys to successful class management. In this case, to monitor the class becomes challenges to teachers who have been used to in-class teaching. 

“Paths” are what we called rules at MHES. They are basically the regulation for all kids at school but with different explanation by teachers in their own classes. Generally, “P” stands for prepared, “A” for accepting, “T” for trustworthy and “H” for helpful. Each pupil will be told to follow all these directions on their first days of school. Anyone who fails to follow these “Paths” will have a talk with the teacher or even the behavior supervisor.

To follow the rules rather than follow a personal instruction is the rule for everyone. A rule is rule.

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Teaching Chinese in America

I am Li Xiaochen, a Chinese teacher from Confucius Institute of SCSU. And now I am teaching K-2 Chinese at Mississippi Heights Elementary School.

我叫李笑琛,是来自圣克劳德州立大学孔子学院的中文老师,目前在Mississippi Heights Elementary School教授幼儿园至小学二年级阶段的中文课。

To teach  Chinese language and Chinese culture to people from different backgrounds is one of my life goals, because  I truly believe Chinese culture intelligently shadows enlightenment over people worldwide and advantages could be taken by both sides, the learner and the teacher.

中国文化对现代世界文化的启蒙作用不言而喻,因此向来自于不同文化背景的人讲授中文和中国文化是我一直以来的梦想。这样的文化传播,对于学习者和教授者都有不容小觑的作用。

Pupils are believed to be the most talented learners of language for their openness to all things new. It has been proved that they are eager to learn Chinese and are the greatest participants in class activities. They would like to try Chinese way of greeting and question a lot about Chinese things when any picture about China is displayed on active board. In addition, some parents are glad that their kids could learn something different from their native culture, which prepares the kids for cultural diversity and global awareness.

一直以来,小学生都被认为是最具有语言天赋的群体,因此他们对于所有的新鲜事物都充满好奇和开放的心态。这一切在中文课堂上已经得到了证实。他们乐于使用中文向老师问好,并且在看到任何一副关于中国的图片时都积极发问。同时,很多学生的父母也都认为学习一种新的语言有利于他们的孩子更好的接受文化多样化以及培养他们的全球意识。

Challenges go with teaching, and to keep kids all focused in class is absolutely the biggest one. A variety of teaching methods towards elementary school should be taken into consideration. Some games, pictures, videos and apps are productive in class activity and management, which are the best part I have learned in the first couple of weeks.

教学总是伴随着挑战。如果让学生在课堂上保持注意力是在目前阶段最大的挑战。因此,就需要老师专门学习针对于小学阶段的教学法。游戏,图片,视频和应用软件在课堂上都是非常有效的手段,这也是从开学到现在对于我个人来说最大的收获。