Respect is Earned

With only six more weeks until the end of the semester, and Summer fast approaching I finally feel like I am beginning to earn the respect of my fellow teachers.  As you know I live on the University campus in foreign teacher housing, which should be super convenient to get to class.  What you may…

China, on drinking alcohol…

Whatever your religious faith, views differ on drinking alcoholic beverages.  Even among my Christian friends we draw the line in different places when it comes to the topic of drinking. In my personal experience in China, things are different.  There is no minimum drinking age, and what Americans would consider “under age” kids routinely drink…

Easter Party Time!

The Easter Party was fantastic.  I wish you could have been there.  I had a really good turn out of students and some great help from the other foreign teachers on campus.  My good friends Kristen, Andrew and Angela helped cook food and hide Easter eggs as well as with crowd control. I had a…

Making Sushi, NaiCha and much more…

This week is Midterms.  Yes, it is the middle of the semester already, can you believe it? For my kids Midterm projects they were to present a 15 minute “How To” lesson and could teach the class how to do anything they chose. My first group made a homemade movie projector: Shoe Box Magnifying Glass…

I Am Staying In China Next Year

A couple of you have asked what my plans are for next fall, so here it goes… I will be staying in China for another year. Wow.  That was scary.  Words aren’t real sometimes until you say them out loud.  My school asked me this week if I would be returning next school year and…