Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happy May :)

It has been forever! Here is my life from the past few weeks in pictures…

Last week was midterms…my AP human geography students took a mock AP exam---which meant that I had to grade all their essays. hours on hours of grading (which  made me wonder how much AP readers get paid…id rather gauge my eyes out) 

This is a shopping mall in Beijing. It was the first time where I have seen big name designers like Michael Kohrs and Kate Spade. I went in to check on the Michael Kohrs watch I had been eyeing at Nordstroms…literally two times the price. ouch. 

The Chinese Dream…fast rail trains? traveling?  

Everyone else was taking pictures…

The first non smoking sign in public that I have seen in China!

My students had sports week…here is a picture of them doing their synchronized dance

There was also a talent show--here are the two MCs

One of my students playing the electric piano (not sure why he did the whole elf hat look)

Dr. Jerry with his acapella kids doing free bird

acapella kids and a beat-boxer

boy band


dance routine 

Reeses have made it to Chinese walmart!

the guy checking out in front of me went a little crazy on the chicken feet

a south american buffet…lots of meat

easter in china! 

Korean food

Japanese food (complete with animal crackers)

Since today is Labor Day we have today, tomorrow and Saturday off…then return to school on Sunday for a six day week. 

The students will take AP exams over the next two weeks--which means my course will be done and my class load will be much lighter. Which means ill have many more opportunities to TRAVEL! 

In the meantime…applying to jobs in America and debating wether I will stay in China for another school year. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Long time no see

I have not updated this in FOREVER! Things have been pretty busy between planning lessons and just trying to relax. 

Spring has arrived in Jinan--it literally went from winter to spring in a day. It makes it so much harder to be in class during the afternoon because it is so nice out! 

This weekend we have an extra day off for qingming festival--which is a festival that celebrates the coming of spring and is meant to spend time outside and honoring deceased family members. I will head to Beijing tomorrow for a little day trip. 

Here's my last few weeks in pictures: 

Some pictures around the square: 

The soon-to-be tallest building in Jinan--what does it resemble…hmmm ;) 


These hats are EVERYWHERE near the Springs and touristy areas. They are HIDEOUS but quite the trend here in Jinan (reminds me of those one-size-fits all sweaters that were cool back in the day)

Of course with spring comes spring fashion…haha there are some interesting trends here, ill have to get more pictures. People watching is very entertaining. 

Two weeks ago the students had their science and humanities fair…a lot of really neat projects! 

These students examined how harmful it is to be too close to the TV…they experimented using soybeans and found the the closest one to the TV did not grow as much as the others.

These students took samples of every students cell phone and found some really gross bacteria…they found that using alcohol and a wet towel have the same effect to clean a cell phone 

This was my favorite project--these girls wanted to get a crab to walk straight. They tried blindfolding it, putting it in beer (when people drink beer it makes them walk sideways haha) and then using magnets. The finally test they were able to get a crab to walk straight 

An ecosystem with a mouse, a turtle and a fish

These students wanted to know if blind people have colored dreams (they found that they do not)

Animation and movies--these girls connected animated movies to themes and real life issues that were going on at the time

Random pictures:

Learning about the industrial revolution…i asked students to tell me one invention that would be useful to them in the past

Funny student: "the steamboat so I can travel or have a date with girls" 

At the "whole foods" of Jinan--watching this guy make sushi from fresh salmon

I know I've mentioned this before but there are bakeries and pastry stores all over China…next to all the fast food joints now available…watch out China-obesity on the rise! here are some pastry treats: 
Egg doughnuts, pork biscuits

and strawberry cream puffs

I took a trip out to see the Yellow River--it is about a 30 minute taxi ride from Jinan. It was very Yellow but neat to see such an important place to the rise of civilization in China

Hot pot on St. Patricks day! Kind of looks like corned beef and cabbage! 

Check out the barber's poodle…

those are bright orange hearts…most chinese people view their animals as status symbols and property. they often are wearing clothes or are colored and primped to a level that i just have to laugh and take pictures

Potato sticks with tomato sauce…yum? 

MOLDY CARROTS! ew. take these off the shelf. 
It is still crazy to see DIRTY produce at the store sometimes…at least its fresh? 

This is a shoe store. SO CROWDED its not even worth trying to shop. 

Last week the projector in my classroom did not work. Result: play games outside

This week there also was a fire drill. We asked if we need to go check the classrooms or anything (since we do not have our own classroom…we work in an office and report to the students class when it is our class time) Nope. They just told us we need to run to the playground (a little dangerous? aren't we supposed to be calm and collected and walk quickly?) 
The students get timed to see how quickly they make it to the playground. So hundreds of kids were sprinting around--I wish i had pictures, extremely different from an american fire drill. 

I still can't believe I function everyday in a school thats bathroom does not have toilet paper or mirrors. Not to mention the soap is watered down.

This Friday they shut the water off to work on the pipes. It smelled like a sewer. 

And finally…I decided to purchase a juicer! I have been making some juices occasionally and blending it with spinach. It makes me feel a little healthier ;) 

Off to enjoy the weekend…i will update next weekend on my adventures this week
Hope everyone enjoys their spring break! I am missing home and America more than ever at the moment…I would love to hear from you guys! email me :D xoxo