The day started off like most days since arriving to SWUST. Wake up, get ready, eat breakfast, walk to the preschool. My partner, Andrew, and I hit our first bump while we were going over the lesson plan with our Chinese student helpers. Our lesson plan theme is bees. There is a story we read that says "Bee kind to the trees" and "Bee kind to the flowers" and so on and so forth. The Chinese helpers were very confused. They were asking "Mifeng?" And if "Bee" was a type. We quickly realized that the story would not translate over very well. Although "be" and "bee" sound the same in English, that is not the same for mandarin. We ended up telling the helpers it was a typo. Andrew and I were both surprised that we didn't catch that sooner. It seemed so obvious to us and we both laughed how neither one of us caught that little snafu before. But we were able to move on and continue with our lesson plan.
The kids seemed to really enjoy our lesson. As Andrew was reading the story, I would act out simple gestures that we both encouraged the children to copy. They raised their arms up high like trees and below kisses to the flowers among other things. When we passed out the papers they would be drawing on, we had each and everyone of them say "please" before receiving their paper. We had them draw a friend on their small hexagon cutout. During this activity there was one little girl that seemed a little upset. So I had one of the Chinese helpers translate for me. She told me that the little girl wanted a particular green marker her friend had. So I instructed the girl to ask her friend "please". She did and her friend handed the marker to her right away. Success! It was an awesome feeling to know that they understood the lesson and were able to use the tools we taught them.
The lesson plan ended with a race outside. We had them bring their papers and play a stop and go game. At the end of their turn the kids had to place their papers on a big piece of construction paper we had at the end. When they were all done we taped their papers on a big piece of construction paper we had at the end. When they were all done we taped their individual hexagon shapes together to make a big honeycomb that depicted their friends. It really was a good day and Andrew and I felt the lesson plan was a huge success.
Later that same day five of us were invited to visit Cheng-Mian Primary School. It was located in the city. We split up into two groups and taught two lesson plans. Marissa taught her lesson plan with Julie B. and Angelica taught her lesson plan with Tommy and I as her helpers. Her lesson plan involved a lot more physical activity. It was perfect for the older kids. They had to throw a ball into a box and pass it to the next person. Then we played a hula hoop game where we had to join a big circle, hold hands, and pass our bodies through a hula hoop. Duck, duck, goose was also played which the kids were very familiar with. And lastly, there was a clapping game we had them play. I think all the kids enjoyed it and they had fun. Afterwards we met up with some of the English speaking faculty and play a game to get to know one another. We folded a paper into fours and wrote our names in the first box. Then we switched the paper around and had to draw a picture of the person whose name we got. Then we passed it around again and had to write our first impression we thought about that person. And we passed the papers around again for the last time and wrote one wish for that person. It was a great way to get to know one another and a good ice breaker. After leaving the school we realized that the cameras were filming us that day were a part of a news team and they were doing a piece on us. Were were told that it would play on the news tonight and that the channel has 5 million viewers. It was all very exciting. Luckily one of the Chinese student helpers were able to find the news article about us and shared it with us. All in all it was a really great day. We learning how to better modify and improve our lesson plans and we were able to get exposure for our program and lessons that represent SFSU to the fullest.