Before I begin to talk about my experience, I may introduce myself a little bit. I’m a certified Chinese teacher from Chinese Guest Teacher Program, which is sponsored by Hanban and College Board. Every year since 2008, they choose and send excellent Chinese teachers to US for mutual benefit. I’m not the only one. There are over 200 of us in the U.S.
2. Hi-bye greetings
3. You can rarely see tall buildings.
4. When you take out $100 to pay the bill in the store, people will show you a surprised face. And different coins drive me crazy, especially their value not in accordance with their size. In order to save time for the rest people waiting to check out, every time I pay by cash. The result is that I carry more and more coins every day until I get my debit card.
5. People here eat hamburgers, sandwiches or pizzas every day. In China, these kinds of food can only be snacks after meals. Thus I felt sad for American people: how boring it would be to eat such food all year around!
6. First snow arrived in late October! Even though it's freezing outside, students wear shorts, slippers while I’m wearing the thick sweater. I have to say I'm very confused with the season.
1. Students have assigned classroom and seats, teachers travel among different rooms in China.
2. Tight bell schedule of one High School in China:
Break-morning physical exercise
Lunch and break time
Activity and dinner time.
3. The tradition of respecting teachers in China
Teachers in public schools are treated like government office worker, all their benefits come from the government. Parents care much about their kids’ performance at school at such vital period, so they keep the best corporation with teachers.
4. Class management in China
Before I really worked in US's high school, a lot of professional trainings I received is about the class management, like you have to set up your rule on the first day of school and repeat it again and again. At that time, I totally didn't understand why teachers have to put so much emphasize on discipline. In China, students are supposed to keep quiet while teacher is teaching. If you have any questions, ask the teachers after class. You don't have to tell them to shut down the phones or remain sitting on the seats. That’s the common sense for every student who’s in the classroom. Actually, every class has a student council with a class monitor, group leaders and PE and arts representatives. Students manage themselves, organizing class meeting, sports meeting and etc.
In US, teachers have the duty to observe students all the time in the school building, even during the passing time and lunch time. In Chinese high school campus, students learn to take care of themselves before they enter into the university and do what you should do at the right time, even at self-study time, no teachers will come.
Every time students who were in class before greet me in Chinese, I feel so happy and self-fulfilled. And no matter how much money , it cannot buy this kind of happiness and accomplishment .I still remember my students' nice words to encourage me on the first Chinese class meeting, they said" you are best teacher ever" “you are doing great and you don't have to change anything". I think just because of what they said made me want to stay here and enjoy my teaching here so much!