In our great, colourful school
You will find a round room.
Around the other side of this round room you will find….
The Teacher’s Office.
At my desk you will find…
Ellen gave me a toothbrush kit, and I got a mug from Genial and I Yu. Can we talk about how awesome it is that teachers brush their teeth? It’s just normal. I always felt awkward bringing my toothbrush to school in the States, yet here everyone does it! Yay for tooth health!
We have lunch that comes to us.
The water machine has cold, hot, and warm water. The hot water is protected by a lock that kids aren’t allowed to touch. The warm water is what you’re *supposed* to drink. It’s apparently better for you. Me, I can’t get into it.
Every tuesday I hold a Teacher’s Conversation Class with the faculty and staff before the teacher’s meeting. We choose a new topic each week, and each week we have two meetings. I really like doing this because there is a real world, practical application for the fact that they are learning these phrases. I really love the part when I go around and listen to them speak, and let them ask questions. At first they were hesitant, but I told them I don’t bite, so they are coming out of their shells. One morning I talked with the principal and he told me he’d never spoken to an American before! It is moments like these when I truly know my purpose as a cultural emissary is being taken on.
I have done a few things with the teachers, and seen them around town. Last week, I was invited to dinner with the Dean and some other teachers. We had a grand time, made all the more grand by the fact that I got to eat hot pot. Kidding. Not. (My love for hot pot will be covered in another post) We visited the Dean’s really nice house, and chatted for a while after the dinner.
I ran into one of the teachers in Carrefour yesterday too. She greeted me with a huge smile and began to explain to me in Chinese that she was there with her family, point out each member in turn. We chatted and I explained that I was about to walk home. It’s so much fun to see people out and about.