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That's it! I'm officially on summer vacation. I'm done teaching until September. Friday was my last day teaching, and while the second week was tougher, a lot of the kids said thank you many times at the end, and said they really enjoyed English class that week. I'll admit that the last day wasn't a HUGE amount of English (we did an egg drop where I gave them certain materials and their goal was to drop an eg from the second, third, or fourth floor without it breaking. One egg actually survived a drop from the 6th floor!! I was impressed) but we were basically the entertainment at summer camp for these kids. At the end of it, I realize how much I learned in the teaching aspect (high school isn't exactly my specialty - infact I've only ever taught it internationally) and from the students. Their emotion and curiosity was raw and honest. Beautiful. I found it quite refreshing. Tonight (Saturday night) was their talent show. Tres cute!

On a side note, I didn't have to teach today so I went in to Hangzhou with 2 other girls who didn't have to teach and we rode bikes. I am still alive! That is something to be proud of!! They have great bike lanes separated from traffic for most of the way.

I spent the evening packing up my backpack as we are off to adventure. As a group we are heading to suzhou then shanghai. From there, I am adventuring with some friends around shanghai a bit more, then to Beijing, Xi'an, Yangshuo and the surrounding area, then hong kong and home! I thought I was going to need to be home for interviews, but after I checked my shook board email for the first time since I left, I found out I've web placed already. I'll be teaching grade 4 French immersion. I'll have my own class!!!!! No more table and filing cabinet, but I'll keep my picnic basket with me just because I've used it in my positions the last 2 years and would feel naked without it!

Posted by jchapelski 09:46 Archived in China

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