Oh, and in all this brainstorming I forgot to mention that I received another 6 mooncakes from the school. I can only eat so many!
I usually wrap up class with a review of what we did and learned today as well as a review of the class points and how well behaved everyone was. Then I give them a preview of the next lesson. They're going to start learning about families next week and I thought that it would be a good opportunity to incorporate some American TV since there are so many shows that revolve around families. I had pictures of the Addams family on the last slide and the Simpsons. No one responded to the Addams Family, but judging from the excited screams the Simpsons are popular in China. So I guess I'll have them making a family tree using the Simpsons next week or something similar. I have to figure out how to lead them into a speaking activity though. It seems like it'll be a fun day if they're already excited. I'm trying to think of how I can bring a simple song into the class as well though that will be a separate lesson. I had a number of students tell me they really want to learn and that they're really interested in the language and culture. I'm two weeks in and already really love my students. I just wish I could get to know them all but it's nearly impossible when I have 13 classes a week of about 55-60 students in each class. And getting them to behave is sometimes difficult. I hear talking, but sometimes the talking is so that other students know what I'm trying to teach them. I get to be the fun teacher, which means in some ways I have to be tougher to control my students but also means I have a lot of room to win my students over with my lessons.