So here I am at the end of the week and it's been a while since I did any sort of weekly review so I thought I'd start doing that again. First off, I had a pretty lousy lesson plan so while I did get them to list off verbs, I had no real independent activity planned so that went over badly. The head teachers are floating around my classes more often probably because of my issues in regard to discipline (I'm getting a stopwatch. In the future, if the kids are noisy I'm going to wait for them to be quiet and they'll have to wait for the end of class for a few more minutes.). So I was lazy and paid for it, I'm trying to make sure everything is still fun and engaging but maybe I need to take a day to really dig into consequences and the importance of listening to everyone. Urgh. I was hoping to be so much better than this but I haven't been as responsive as I've needed to and that's why they don't listen and do all kinds of things in my class, because I'm basically non responsive to misbehavior. I really need to change that and pushing myself to be that proactive person has been really tough though I still have a long ways to go. I have to pull all my lesson plans together as part of a resource for future teachers. The headmistress of the middle school I work at wants to start Hunan's first international school and is looking for ways to use all the resources she has. We actually had a visit from a school in San Diego so it looks like there may be some American middle schoolers studying abroad here in Zhuzhou in a year or two. The headmistress is planning to fly out to California with our liaison to check out the school. It's quite an ambition, but I'm sure it'll be great for the kids. I know from my side of things it's tough when I only see all these kids once a week so it'd be cool for them to have someone in their class who speaks English and gets to know the students from being with them all day.
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