It’s a cold weekend. My host family and I decorated the Christmas tree. Have you noticed that there are some Chinese knots in Christmas tree?
Thanksgiving is one of the most important festival in America.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, classroom teacher and I deigned some projects for students—to make a Thanksgiving card for any teacher they want to say thanks.
After that, we played two videos to show why do Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.
In the morning of Thanksgiving, I helped my host family to cook the Thanksgiving lunch, it was the first time to see the whole turkey and it was delicious.
Form Nov. 11-13, 2016, University of Kentucky Confucius Institute hold the 2016 Multi-State Chinese Teachers’ professional Development Conference.
They got almost 200 Chinese volunteer teachers together, also they invited many important scholars, who gave us big help in teaching. During the opening ceremony, we met Mr. Tingxi Ming, the First Secretary, Office of Education, China Embassy.
The presentations they gave us such as Engaging Activities for K-12 Chinese Classrooms, Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary School, are very useful and impressive.
Also, the schedule the designed was wonderful, too. They showed us the famous Lexington horse race course during the first day lunch time.
American Presidential Election is approaching, we had an “Governor of the state election “in my class, too.
First of all, we asked students to discuss that how do we write a speech, after discussion, we and students made a draft of election speech, they can fill it up with their own words.
After they all finished writing the speech, we were told that there were 11 students wanted to be the candidates. So we prepared speech table and election voting tickets for them.
Each of them gave us a speech, all students voted. It was a good and meaningful experience for kids to have a idea about election.
Today is Halloween, everyone in my class wears costume, including me!
Before Halloween, we sent parents emails that everyone can wear costume on Halloween, and also, they can bring candies if they want.
In the beginning of class, we learned the origin of the Halloween, and asked students that if they know any stories about Halloween.
In LILA, we Language Ambassadors, including Chinese-speakers and Spanish-speakers, would have a training meeting, which about American education and teaching.
Today our topic is when a student interrupt your teaching or he(she) can not control himself (herself),how to ask students take a break in class, how ambassadors can help with students that are not being reflective when they are coming back and choosing the same behavior.
The ambassador can ask the student “are you OK not being part of the group”, “how do you feel about this” etc. Positive reflection are an effective tool also. It should not be punitive.
去“安静区”其实是美国学校和家庭教育中对孩子常见的管理方法——“time out”，基本的意思是“淘汰出局”，这是一个自我反思的过程，而绝非惩罚。“安静区”的位置在美国的教室布置中有它独特的原则：远离教室门、窗，远离学生学习、活动区,安静、不受干扰, 一般都设在离门较远的墙角处，主要是为了给学生一个进行反思、做出选择从而行动的区域。
对于上小学这个年纪的小孩子来说,time-out的功能主要就是take away privilege(剥夺其享受的特权)在“安静区”只能眼睁睁地看看其他小朋友开心地玩游戏或者听讲,自己什么都不能参与,渐渐形成条件反射,知道哪些行为是会被time-out的。
Last week we focused on counting and writing Chinese numbers, some kids already knew how to count in Chinese in Pre-K, some did not.
We taught kids Chinese characters strokes first, then showed them the sequence. Most of them could write well, some of them forgot the sequences easily. In that case, we played video about Chinese characters sequences to intensify their memory.