We also woke up to sunshine and blue skies. Just one of the advantages of being out of the big city.
When we arrived at class just before 9:00, all of our students were already there. From then on, class started at 8:30 instead. Not too bad, since it was pretty hot in the afternoons and it meant we got done a half hour earlier.
The first thing we had everyone do is make nametags with their English names on them. Many of them also wrote their Chinese names on the back. They were beautiful!
Emily's was very pretty
The morning session went well. Everyone participated and especially enjoyed the icebreaker Bingo game. We learned a lot about one another, including that hardly any of the teachers can swim or drive a car.
Tony and I also shared a love of rock music :)
Lunch means a walk all the way back up to the top of the hill. But we had a rest stop to take a picture with some of the English Camp kids and to take pictures of locals we met along the way...
carrying water back home
enjoying a cool treat on a hot afternoon
In the afternoon, we broke into small discussion groups to answer questions to get to know about our students and Chinese culture.
Jack photobombed our shot LOL
At dinner I sat next to two teachers my age: Sherry and Cindy. They were very shy but so nice to answer all my questions about our food...
they made french fries and served them with a sweet sauce for dipping
Came back to my room to find my toilet tank full for my once daily flush and my hot pot filled. Obviously the hotel had water while we were gone and our very sweet housekeeper filled it. Right after I took a cold Navy shower using my hot pot and bottled water, the water came back on in the sink for about 20 minutes. I took the opportunity to fill up my water jugs and hot pot again.
Spent the rest of the evening going over our lesson plans for the next day and making game boards and discussion questions for the overhead projector.