“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
Grandma LuRue and Granddaughter Montana Teaching Together
It was a hectic start to our first day. We all met Baoli in the reception and we were off to our first day at the college. We had three classes. The first class was divided into two. One third went with Don to a room next to the library and the other 2/3rds stayed in the library to be taught by Montana and LuRue.
Don started his class with having the students introduce themselves, then he gave them a few minutes to talk to the person next to them and they introduced each other. He then went into talking about writing a resume and had the students try for a little bit. Don ended the class with teaching the class “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “YMCA”.
LuRue and Montana started with each student introducing the person next to them, which didn’t work so well, so that was changed in the next class. They then did two truths and a lie. Most of the group was able to guess which lie was LuRue’s, but not so much with Montana. They were shocked to hear that Montana ACTUALLY had more than 100 stuffed animals. LuRue and Montana talked about the places they lived, then ended by teaching the class some idioms.
The Students are Excited to Have us
There was a ten-minute break before the next two classes came in. Once again, Don got the smaller class and LuRue and Montana got the larger class. They all did pretty much the same thing as the last class, but with a few changes in Montana and LuRue’s class. They had the class introduce themselves this time and spent less time with the maps and more time with the idioms.
Don, LuRue, Baoli and Montana were escorted back to the hotel and had a delicious lunch. LuRue, Montana and Baoli spent the afternoon going to the hospital to get some stuff straightened out. Don spent the afternoon planning for tomorrow’s lesson and he does admit to taking a nap.
A 5:00, Baoli gave Montana and LuRue an hour lesson about the Chinese language, learning about the origin of characters, tones and what a difference they can make, and some basic Mandarin phrases.
The group met up for dinner, compared stories, gave suggestions for teaching and discussed what would be happening tomorrow. Then they went their separate ways for the night.