Behavior management is a necessary evil when teaching. In China, it’s especially important. Many Chinese children don’t take you as seriously as they take their Chinese teachers, because you don’t speak or look like locals. You need to step up your management skills if you want your classes to run smoothly.
It’s important to know how to discipline Chinese students, but it’s equally as important to master positive reinforcement.
Do you feel like it’s taking forever to make measurable progress in your French acquisition?
Whether you study on your own or take classes, you have only so much time to devote to learning the language.
You want to become fluent but at this rate, you’d be happy to just make it through one chapter in your textbook.
What if I told you there’s a way to learn more French in a shorter amount of time?
No, this isn’t some kind of scam like an infomercial for diet pills.
At age 21, I packed my bags and took my first solo trip abroad.
My destination: Lyon, France.
I was embarking on this journey because I wanted to immerse myself in the French language. My college didn’t have a French study abroad program, so I had to take matters into my own hands. I figured spending a summer in France was a pretty amazing way to do so.
If there’s one part of my monthly budget that always gets out of hand, it’s my “fun fund.”
You know what I mean. Going to restaurants. Grabbing drinks at bars. Seeing movies in theaters.
That’s why I’ve been making an effort to have fun in a different, more affordable way: spending time outside.
Job hunting is the worst, isn’t it?
I’ve moved around a lot since graduating from high school. Each new city has brought a new job hunt along with it.
For some reason, I always seem to find myself returning to serving tables.
Before you scoff, let me say I genuinely liked serving tables while in my early 20s. I kept feeling like I should get a “real job,” but there were too many benefits to staying in the restaurant industry.
In my opinion, if you’re job hunting, don’t rule out waiting tables...
It’s no secret that life in China is vastly different from life in Western countries.
There are some cultural differences that I never got used to. Why do people feel the need to spit all the time? And how hard is it for a butcher to simply cut around the bone so I can enjoy eating meat?
Most of my culture shock eventually dissipated as I settled into my everyday life. Here are a few ways you can get over culture shock more rapidly, though.
When I moved back to America from China and began job hunting, I wasn’t exactly sure how to update my resume. Why would people care that I taught Chinese children or dabbled in the Mandarin language? How would these experiences prepare me for new jobs?
After reading numerous websites about job application tips, I learned that many employers value the soft skills you’ve learned in previous jobs.
Over the past four years, I’ve lived in six different cities.
No, I’m not homeless. I’m not unstable. (Well, that’s debatable, depending on who you ask!)
I’m a traveler, and I’m always on the go. Only one of those moves was due to an employment offer. In the other five towns, I had to find a new job from scratch.
Only a few more months until summer vacation! Not that I’m counting or anything …
If you teach in Chinese public schools, when the students are on holiday, so are you! Different schools have various vacation dates, but you should have roughly two months to do whatever you want during summer vacation.
We all know this engaged couple. (Or maybe you are one half of this couple!) They spend their money on plane tickets instead of new cars and spend their weekends camping instead of partying.
If you are one of those wedding guests who takes gift giving seriously, you probably want to tailor your present to this travel couple’s style. Here are a few gift ideas for the big day.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. It’s a small, hip city on the coast of the country’s North Island. In 2014 and 2015, I lived in Wellington for six months and fell in love with the city! Here are some of my favorite things about Wellington.
Traveling with kids can be difficult, especially in countries vastly different from your own, such as China. Thankfully, Shenzhen, China, has several attractions aimed at children.
Shenzhen is a new city, and its tourism is rapidly growing. Don’t miss out on a fun family vacation before all the sites become crowded with travelers!
Have you been eyeing the French section of your local bookstore? From afar? Without having purchased a single book yet?
Maybe you’ve noticed all the French movies and English movies with French subtitles that are available on Netflix. And yet you still haven’t watched any of them.
Or you might be re-watching a ton of Jenna Marbles videos on YouTube, even though your brain reminds you that there are countless French learning videos on the website, too.
My first few weeks teaching primary school students, I avoided singing songs in the classroom. Singing at work? It felt like cheating.
Eventually, I asked an English teacher who was Chinese for feedback. She actually advised me to start leading my students in learning songs.
How long do you think you can last in a conversation without mentioning your family?
It doesn’t sound that difficult. Most adults don’t feel compelled to speak at length about our mommies and daddies.
Think about it, though. How often in a conversation do you say something like, “Sorry, my dad keeps texting me.”
“Oh, you like my sweater? Thanks! My husband gave it to me for Christmas.”