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Dalian Travel Blog› entry 11 of 20 › view all entries
Greetings, travel fans, my apologizes in such a delay in writing / updating my blogâ€¦ but, getting settled in with class routine, meeting assistant Chinese teachers, knowing oneâ€™s schedule, preparing lesson plans â€¦ etc, etc, may certainly drive anyone crazy.
As you know when I first arrived, most of you know that I had played musical apartment locations to flatmatesâ€¦from there I sort of settled in and made my apartment comfortable. However, although the apartment is approximately the same size as the other from former campus, tis design make tis place much smaller, but I can say, YES, I have a separate kitchen area!
Again, the six flight of stairs saves me money for signing up at a gym for cardiovascular and aerobic workoutsâ€¦ thereâ€™s a plus!
I certainly liked the idea that training was involved and foreign teachers were quickly introduced to their Chinese teacher assistants.
Getting assigned books was pure chaotic (finally got all the correct books necessary in conducting the classes assigned), getting to know oneâ€™s Chinese Teacher assistant was fun, I was writing notes and becoming familiar with them (Saturday 5 classes duration of two hours, and Sunday 6 classes, same except for two which were only 30 minutes). The books were slightly â€“ thatâ€™s being quite polite â€“ with great extreme confusing. In truth, I felt lostâ€¦ two months of no class preparations, I felt unprepared.
Saturday wasnâ€™t too bad, however, when Sunday came, I wasnâ€™t prepared for the kindergarten level children.
Nevertheless, finally came Monday in which was recovery day, but had training that morning... duration till lunch time. I returned to apartment and started preparing lesson plans for tis forthcoming weekend.
Then Tuesday was my exploration and photo dayâ€¦ however, tis still cold in
I was told earlier tis week that the kindergarten parents were complaining about me because I wasnâ€™t doing certain activates with their children, but I did get a few bonus points because I was very â€˜sweetâ€™ in confirming their answers and showed LOTS of patienceâ€¦ me? Patience? Ooohhhâ€¦ such trait comes with maturity.
Today is my shopping day, so, must get ready and meet with Nature, the schoolâ€™s accountant, then together weâ€™re off. She has plans to show me bargain stores and areas of the city, so later when Iâ€™m on my own I can do the same.
Authorâ€™s last note: Although Iâ€™m siphoning internet signals through wireless, TravBuddy site usually â€˜hangsâ€™ during uploading or never completes, I should have permanent wire connection soonâ€¦ so pardon the delays