Thursday, December 3, 2009

My neighborhood

Somehow, I have already managed to win the hearts of three 4th grade students. I have not taught the 4th grade yet, I have them on Monday. They like to come visit me in my office after classes are done for the day and chat for about 20 minutes (in English!) before I send them on their way home. Yesterday, we had the all important discussion about Sponge Bob.I admit, not the most flattering photo but that's what happens with a camera timer. Girl 3 was on classroom cleaning duty today and couldn't come. It's cute, everyday the students straighten, sweep, clean the boards and clap out the erasers in their classroom. I think a cleaning person comes through to mop and empty the trash cans but it gives the students a sense of importance to take care of their own classroom.

This is my classroom:
We have between 30 and 35 students in each class. This is actually under the national average which I believe is around 38 or 39. That being said, it's a lot easier to deal with when there are 2 teachers in the room.

Time for pictures from my walk home!
That's all for now folks! More writing soon. I have my medical exam today (required to get your residence card) and I'm not allowed to have anything but water this morning. I'm lucky my coteacher is such a sweetheart because having to deal with anyone else precoffee could be a disaster. I'm also hungry. Hungry, caffeine deprived Alex. Does anyone else realize what a terrible combination this is???

6 comments:

Nancy K said...

Great! I loved seeing your classroom and students. The walk home is pretty interesting too. Keep it up kiddo.

Alex said...

I love my walk to and from school. It's 5 minutes and very pretty. Yangsan is hilly and surrounded by mountains so it makes for great views.

Rachel S said...

Not only do you have a great new apartment, you are only 5 mins to your school, walking. I love the big windows in the classroom.

Alex said...

Me too! They have awesome views too, I'll have to post some pictures of that next time.

FredL. said...

we also cleaned the board and the erasers, but we had to go down to the special erafser vacuum room and vacum the erasers. You've never seen so much dust in your life. Makes present day Peking look like clear skies all day. You know what it is like with about 40 kids with 2 or three chalk filled erasers gathered in a 6x 6 room waiting to use the one vacuum? Nice neighbor hooe, enjoy the walk, but take care of the ankels

Josh said...

wow.... people shorter than alex exist????? does....not....compute.....