And I've finally decided that this is the weekend when I will get my name seal. I've been rehearsing so that I can ask for what I want and I don't have much time left. This past week has been tough because there's only so much I can do, it's up to the students to push through the exams. In the meantime, I've just been filling in the excel sheet with student information that I created after the school gave us a class roster. I even plugged in all the formulas and everything so that there really is nothing I can do until the students are done testing and I have their scores to input. Then the column labeled "Grade" will change and I just need to copy the grades onto another document and send it in to the school. I'm not sending in my excel sheet this time since it caused trouble last time and they wanted to know how I did grades and told us (at the end of the term) that we should do our grades in the same way. Everytime I say I'm stressed, the other teachers tell me not to be. I don't think they realize how quickly things can pile up in my position and that I won't even be in China after June 22nd. That complicates things. I'll be in Kyoto taking cooking lessons, sleeping in temples and a ryokan, and trying to find a bathhouse because while traveling is fun, I'm looking for things at a slower pace than the speed it takes me to test 700+ adolescent students. Tea, temples, and baths sounds great after that. I'm also kind of interested in something else I read about Kyoto. Since Kyoto was pretty much Japan's capital up until the 19th century, it supposedly shows a lot of influence from those times when Japanese monks and scholars traveled to China to learn about religion, philosophy, and the writing system (and chopsticks if a show I watched is to be believed). So it's actually laid out like the Tang dynasty capital, Xi An which I meant to go to this year. I guess I get to compare architecture when I actually make my way out there.
I realize it's been a while since I posted any pictures, so I'll include a few below to wrap things up. I actually need to find an object by the end of this week too that encapsulates my time in China. I can't decide if I want to bring one of my student's pictures of me (for all the times I really enjoyed working with them but wished they were doing the work they were supposed to) or a pair of chopsticks for the novelty of hearing students ask me if I like Chinese food.