拍苍蝇 Clapping the pictures!

This is a popular game call Clapping the Flies!This is no flies in this season of course,The Pictures of the new words in Chinese.Such as Hello,water,older sister,tables,and so on.

One  order a word after two competitioners sit back on chairs,students such touch pictures as soon as they could ,who first touch the correct picture will be winner.

Sometimes,I speak english words ,they have to think what is it in Chinese ,then make a choice.That will be little challenge for them.Like in other coutries,students in Lila like it!

 

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最近我在教学生玩一个有趣的中文游戏-拍苍蝇。这里当然没有苍蝇,“苍蝇”指的是墙上的中文字卡片,我把学生新近学过的字卡贴墙上,这里面有像:桌子、水、姐姐以及一些常用十位数数字等等。

玩法如下:一个发布口令者站在一旁,两位竞争者坐在椅子上,等候口令,开始后,发令者读出白板上的一个字卡,学生抢答,谁先用手指触碰到正确的字卡谁就获胜。

有时为了增加难度也可以让一个学生法令或者读英文,让学生想想中文是哪个字卡,然后尽快去拍,场面激烈而热闹,湖区语言学校学生也像其他国家学生一样喜欢这个游戏。

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户外教学 Outdoor teaching by activities

With the winter coming the playground is become colder and colder,last time when students saw their classmates play Tug-of war on playground require  me to have a outside class.This week I taught Chinese in outdoor by using language games,students of course felt a little exciting.

Before we went outside I introduced 3 types of games by  using the Chinese dialogue like Which grad are you in?Where is your home?What the day today?Let students to practice oral Chinese.The games is ordered by a students who stand in the center of People Circle,one kids kick or throw a ball to other kids in circle after asked a Chinese question,answerer must give a proper Chinese answer before kick or throw back the ball to asker,if the numbers of joiner is more than 12,it would be make a small circle inside the big circle to make the questioner more choice.

25 minutes outside Chinese class is a interesting trying both for me and students.

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随之气候越来越冷,学生们都希望能在冬季完全到来之前开展一次户外教学活动,特别是他们看见许多自己的学生在科学课老师带领下拔河后,对于中文课户外活动就更加期待。这周我也根据课堂教学需要策划几个户外教学活动,学生理所当然感到激动。

在去户外上课之前,我先在教室里用5分钟时间复习前几节课学过的对话,如:“你上几年级“你家有几口人”“你家在哪”“今天是几月几日星期几”等口语对话练习。游戏开始后,首先由站在中心的提问者扔或者踢一个皮球并向圈里的学生问一个问题,接球者必须合理回答问题后才能传递皮球给提问者,答对问题之后才能继续开展下一个对话。学生人数超过12名,我会让45个学生围成一个小圈面相外面的大圈,移动着向对面的人用中文提问。

二十五分钟的户外教学时间对于学生和我都是一次全新的体验和教学尝试。

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Class management by Self learning

All the students and teachers felt a little tired to the lecture style class teaching way after 2 months work time,I would like to get a new way to make students learning Mandarin by Ipad system-Discovering Chinese Pro.After 2 weeks preparing for equipment setting work,all the students could use their Ipad to finish homework and use DCP app for class test.

For grade 8 students I gave them 10 minutes introduction about core of new knowledge,left 10 minutes for them to learn by Ipad,after that direct individue to practice writing Characters or reading workbook before dictation.Left 5 minutes to play Chinese game or watch a video about Chinese Culture if they could concentrate to finish this class on time.

learning by ipad may a practical  way to spur the students and a nice supplementary too.

133f735f4cca04a715792caf63a35a8e 经过两个月的常规教学之后,师生都有点厌倦了固有的教学模式,经过和校长谈话之后,我学习到Better Chinese 网络教学的使用方法。经过2周的更新程序和检查设备维护,多数学生们能够用自己的平板电脑开始自学、完成家庭作业和测试。

8年级中文课,我尽量 在10分钟内讲清楚语言难点,剩下的时间给学生联系发音、阅读和完成课堂练习。我在根据不同学生进度进行有针对的指导,如果学生完成情况较好,我也会留5分钟给他们做游戏或者看中文视频。

经过1个月的实践和摸索,学生利用网络自学的模式成熟起来,激励学生自学同时,对于传统教学模式也是一种良好的补充。

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老兵纪念日 The Veterans Day

Last friday we finished class before 1:10 pm as there was a important activity for both teachers and students in the Veterans Day.All staffs were crowded into the basketball playground.Firstly,emcee introduced the means to this day for United states briefly.The students band played the national songs of united states of  America.After that,4 fluters made the melody of UK just brought me back to the time 4 years ago.All the teachers stand upright ,I felt the sacred feeling for memorializing the soldiers who defence their counties.

The old pictures in the World War 2 made me could not stop to recalling the histories ,students also enjoying this style educations for themself.At last sever students get gifts sent by ballot.A educative day was end up at a fuuny atmosphere.

 

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上周五下午1点10分我们比平时略早结束工作,所有职工和学生都聚集在室内篮球场参加老兵纪念日的活动。首先,主持人宣布开始并简单介绍老兵日的意义,开场白之后学生乐队演奏美国国歌,所有老师都庄重地站直。四个手持长笛的学生演奏英国国歌《上帝保佑女王》,熟悉的旋律把我带回四年前的岁月。音乐让人对这一退役士兵纪念日格外有意义。

大屏幕上出现第二次世界大战的老照片,整人岁月带给年轻人的是一种教育,对老年人来说则是对历史的缅怀。活动最后是学生最喜欢的抽奖环节,许多学生得到礼物,一个具有教育意义的一天就在欢乐的氛围里结束了。

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Question Wall!问题墙

After the conference of language department 2 weeks ago, I know I need try to find a new way to attract students attention as well as answering their interesting field in Chinese studying I would like using Question wall in my classroom.The setting a wall behind a basket,students could put their question notes into it afterclass.I will answer their question at next Chinese class.

All the students felt exciting to ask me questions both about myself and China.I picked most representative questions to stick on the wall,so every students could see them once they forget how to pronounce that Hot word in Mandarin,such as “oh,my god”or”Space and Universe”.

Some questions were too private to be shared with all teenagers,I will make a judgement and give them a hazy answer.Anyhow,this is a new beginning for us to become better.

 

两周前的会议,语言组培训关于如何让课堂更有效率的方法时,我选择“问题墙”作为新的交流方式。学生可以利用提问题的方法把问题纸条留给我,我也乐于回答他们关心的与中文课和中国文化有关的问题。具体把一个竹篮放在一面墙下面,学生下课后把问题投入篮子,我第二天给他们解答并选出有代表性的问题贴在墙上,谓之“问题墙”

我把这一个想法告诉他们,所有学生都觉得这是一个很刺激很酷的交流方式,他们可以有机会看见自己提出的问题附带我的回答贴在墙上。当他们忘记而又需要知道怎么用中文发出哪些诸如“奥,我的天”和“宇宙空间”等关心的问题时,只需抬头看看墙就可以了。

有些问题因过于涉及我的个人隐私而不便当着全班回答,我会根据提问涉及隐私程度对提问人作出一定模糊的回答。无论效果如何,我觉得这都是中文课堂有效交流的新的开始。

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Halloween Day !万圣节

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Today is the Halloween day, most students dressed up as a cartoon heros,especially in Main campus.The tertians played game together and did practice as usual did,except they can not help to look at each other’s cloth.I felt funny in this atmosphere.

At lunch time,I rode back to Headwater campus,there is an other picture,not as many as lower school,some students dressed as beautiful as actors in film.The challenge is also coming,it is hard to make them quiet,although I put a Halloween top in Chinese,they can not stop to talking.I made a new game to make them play together,if they could not concentrate their attention to stop as everyone did,they have to answer question in Chinese about Halloween.Generally ,them fellowed class and learned several new Characters.

今天是美国传统的万圣节,多数主校区的学生穿上各式卡通英雄人物形象的服装。三年级学生像平常一样玩游戏、做练习,偶尔也会去注意其他小朋友的衣服。我觉得氛围轻松又有趣。

午餐时间,我骑车回到高水校区,初中部的奇装异服的学生不如主校区多,不过也有很多人把自己打扮成各类电影中的角色,让人眼前一亮。挑战随之出现,很多人难以集中注意力,不断讲话,很难有片刻安静。我准备好的万圣节题材中文课对他们没有丝毫吸引力。我当机立断,通过上节课讲过的:“木头人”游戏,介绍完游戏,学生都希望参加,所以大家都开始听我重复游戏规则,如果没有按时停下来,会回答一个关于万圣节的问题。最终在一节欢乐吵闹的中文课后学生还是记住一些与节日相关的中文词汇。

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The Transportation for my work in Lila 我工作的交通方式

As one of  my most difficult factor  to work in Forest Lake is the Transportation.Forest Lake is small city with population under 20000.Not like metropolis,The public transportation system is as not common as in the rural area in Ethiopia.Not easy to catch a bus in the morning time.As I live in apartment ,I will not likely to bother Colleagues.

Fortunately ,I could use the Trail system for Biking,which is just paved for cyclists  from Hugo to North Branch,I can use a shore part of this bike road.Thanks for Principal Shannon sending back my folding bike.Those two month I used this quiet biking road come and go back from apartments to 2 Lila campus with 30 minutes every working days.Some time I also get a second hand  gloves from main campus,that helped me a lot when I was riding the bike.

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我工作最大的困难之一来自于湖区的公共交通,作为一个人口不到2万的小城市,森林湖地区不像大都市便利,很难搭乘公交车出行,倒有点像埃塞俄比亚的偏于山区。我很难在早上搭乘公交出行,也不太方便去麻烦同事,因为我一个人租住公寓。

幸运的是我还有湖区便利的自行车绿道可以选择,莎纶校长帮我把折叠自行车从她家车库运到学校,我按照从南部胡沟到北布兰奇到一段自行车道行驶,从住所到工作的两个校区单程在半小时左右都可以到达。两个月来,我利用这段绿道作为出行方式,更开心的是主校区有时还赠送我一双半新的手套,这和其他的骑行装备在我的出行中帮了大忙。

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