Today I took a stand against mass surveillance by the NSA. Will you join me? Continue reading
Here are four simple Mandarin phrases and an extra tip that have helped me immensely since I landed in China in 2012. Continue reading
…when I asked the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up many students said, “Big banana.” What?! Continue reading
At the start of class Alice sat sobbing uncontrollably. Tears streamed down her cheeks. She couldn’t catch her breath. Alice, a ten year-old fourth grader, was having a panic attack. Why? Because Alice’s math teacher… Continue reading
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Take a look at how a Chinese primary and middle school celebrate Christmas with these pictures from their annual holiday party. Continue reading
The first five minutes of every class are devoted to questions. The following are 14 questions I receive on a regular basis from my students. Continue reading
An open letter to 2013. Continue reading
On July 1st I boarded a plane in Beijing, flew 6,806 miles, and hopped into a car with a woman named Katie… Then over the course of 30 days we traveled through eleven states, over 8,000 miles, and added countless memories to “whateverthisis.” Here’s some of the magic we saw on the open road… Continue reading
During a class discussion on appearance Katie and I asked our seventh and eighth grade students what words describe a “good” man or woman. Boys and girls in five classes shared their ideas about what qualities “good” women and men possess. Here are the reoccurring qualities for each of the … Continue reading
Imagine you’re a teacher and you’ve got a class of 30 five-year-olds who all want your attention. They see you in the distance and sprint to encircle you. They latch onto your legs. They pull at your clothing. Suddenly your vision is clouded… Continue reading
Last week Thanksgiving came and went in a blur! Here are some of the standout moments… IS IT WARM IN HERE OR IT JUST THIS HOT OVEN? To prepare for Thanksgiving Katie and I purchased an oven. It may not sound like a big deal, but apartments in China don’t … Continue reading
Bi-weekly I host an English club for young Chinese students and their parents to help them understand the English language in fun and interesting ways. It’s been just over a year since I first wrote about my first experience in a Chinese Walmart, but on Sunday the English club visited the local superstore… Continue reading
After a few weeks of adapting the story, I’ve finished the script and tomorrow rehearsals officially begin for Robin Hood! The script has 24 roles and we have a cast of eight. Sure, it’s going to be a challenge to stage, but that’s part of the fun! Continue reading
The PB & J combo is really different from most types of food my students eat. Needless to say they LOVED the sandwiches! Continue reading
You may not believe me when I tell you, but the school I work for has English books without any Chinese characters in-line with the English text. What’s even more remarkable is that: A) this book actually exists, B) this book is available for the low, comprehension-granting price of $3.11.
The tools teachers have access to matter. Continue reading
Sunday is typically my day off. However, for the next few weeks I’m teaching Sunday mornings.
Here’s the sun and it’s reflection from my balcony window.
Time to rise.
In China Olympic gold medalists don’t appear on the Wheaties box… Continue reading
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This morning we played a round of animal Pictionary for review.
The last animal to be drawn was a cat.
The “cat” looked mostly like step one. Continue reading