China Team Journal

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Schedule

Today is the second morning of our new schedule which gives us 10 glorious extra minutes in the hotel before we have to depart for the Kunming Teachers' College.

Breakfast, teaching and lunch went off without any significant events and all the volunteers reported good interactions with their students.

It was the afternoon that brought some new experiences. As reported by Dixie in her journal for June 24, we offered the students break-out sessions. Our students chose which two of four topics they would like to know more about:

The Language of American Politics with Esther
Pronunciation with Nancy
What Every Good Teacher Knows with Jim
American Idioms with Leon

Each session lasted 45 minutes with a 15 minute break between sessions.

These sessions gave our students the opportunity to spend a period of time with a group of like-minded students working on an area of common interest. Overall, the volunteers felt the afternoon was a success and will ask their students what they think, tomorrow morning.

Baoli told us that Li Baokun (Chris) suggested a change in our jaunt to the Hot Springs of Anning. Instead of driving there Saturday, we'll leave from school Friday afternoon. Anning is about an hour from Kunming. We'll soak in the pools in the afternoon, have dinner in Anning, and return to the City in the evening. We five agreed to the change and are looking forward to our new adventure in Yunnan.

Dinner was in the Porridge Restaurant on the first floor of our hotel. Baoli ordered another delicious Chinese meal.

After dinner we prepared lessons, packed our school bags and our swim suits.

Respectfully submitted,