Crazy black friday shopping!

终于迎来了美国最着名的“黑色星期五”。为了以较低的价格买到自己喜欢的产品,早早的就开始收集各种打折的资料。我的住家奶奶拿来了当地所有商场的促销。然后记下下自己想要的产品和每个商场的开门时间。然后就开始了我们疯狂的24小时购物!

最后,着名的黑色星期五在拐角处!为了购买一些好东西,我尽早搜索所有可能的促销信息。我的寄宿家庭带一些本地商店的促销手册。我们将强调一些东西,写下每个商店的不同开放时间。然后我们疯狂的24小时购物开始!friday is around the corner! For buying some good stuff, I search all possible promotion info early. My host family bring some local store’s promotion brochure. We will underline some stuff and write down the different opening time of each store.Then our crazy 24 hours shopping begin!

图片一为凌晨5点的早晨,排队购物的人们。这家商城的活动时前500名的顾客,每人都能领到一只考拉玩偶(图片2)。

P1是上午5点。人们在线购物。他们有促进,前500名购物者可以有一个自由娃娃作为礼物(p2)。a.m.. The people are get in line for shopping. They have the promotion that the  first 500 shopper can have a free doll as a gift(p2).

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当天气温可是0摄氏度。让我一个来自最低气温也是零上的姑娘,体验了一把寒冬的感觉。

那天早上的温度是0摄氏度!

 

Happy Halloween!

这是在美国过的第一个节日。

This is the first important  festival in US.

感谢我的住家奶奶为了给我体验真正的美国文化,他们特地带我体验了雕刻南瓜灯。自己也亲身经历了挑选南瓜,清洁南瓜,削南瓜盖、挖南瓜籽、设计南瓜灯和实际雕刻以及最后放入蜡烛的过程。过程并不容易,但是充满了乐趣。看到最后的作品还是很兴奋的。我们还跟着奶奶的孙子们去玩了Trick or Treat.这些都给我了许多难忘的回忆。

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学校的课程安排也渐渐丰富起来。我们开始给二年级的学生开设太极课,给三年级的学生开设音乐课,也跟特殊教育的老师合作,给水平较高的孩子上了诗歌课程。总的来说,学校也试图从各方面给孩子们接触中文的机会。但是太极课和音乐课的纪律总是不好维持,孩子们都会非常活跃。音乐课二年级学的曲目是找朋友和茉莉花。虽然歌词对他们来说并不简单,但他们到最后都能唱下来,证明音乐对学习第二语言帮助很大。

Fantastic trip -Chicago

 

10月20日-10月23日,我跟我的志愿者伙伴Tiya去芝加哥旅行。为了节约旅行成本,我们乘坐的是Amtrak 旅游观光列车,这是我第一次在美坐火车旅行。Amtrak火车是旅游观光列车,走的都是风景美丽的地方。我在Fargo上车,我的小伙伴从 St.cloud上车,我们在火车上汇合,乘坐至终点站芝加哥。

Oct 20th-23th,I travel with my  volunteer partner Tiya to Chicago. To save money, we take the Amtrak sightseeing train. This is the first time I take a train in the US.The sightseeing train goes along the beautiful sightseeing tour road.I  went aboard at Fargo and my friend at St.cloud. We converge at the train and take the train to Chicago.

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火车上设有各种不同的座位适合各种人群,还有餐厅(图左)和观光餐车(图右)。

The train has different type seats suitable for different customers.The train has a lunge (left) and sightseeing dining  carriage (right).

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我们从凌晨的2点左右上车,一直到隔天下午的3点左右到达芝加哥,时长13个小时。我们就到达了著名的中央车站。

We go aboard from 2 a.m. and arrived Chicago at 3 p.m. It takes 13 hours. We arrived at  famous the Chicago union station.

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在芝加哥自由行是特别适合的,因为公共交通很发达。但首先推荐一定要购买cta的交通卡。在很多地方都能看到购买这种卡的机子,因为我们只旅行3天,所以我们就买了3天卡。在三天内,可以无限制的乘坐地铁和巴士,非常划算。我推荐还要购买city pass,city pass 是芝加哥著名景点的套票,在芝加哥任意一个著名景点都可以购买,需要98刀。但是如果在我国万能的某宝上购买价格要实惠很多。

I highly recommend traveler choose freedom travel at Chicago. Because Chicago has popular public transportation. However first you need to buy Cta card. You can see many machines which selling this card. We only have 3days so we got three-day card. During these three days,we can take the subway and bus as much as we can. I also recommend the city pass card  of Chicago.It can save time and money.You can buy it at any attraction.It only  need 98 dollars.

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我们的行程计划是5天内走遍五大景点。

The follow are our travel plan:

  • 第一天(Day1):Fashion Outlet(购物)
  • 第二天(Day 2):Field Museum→Shedd Aquarium→China town→Buckingham Fountain

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  • 第三天(Day 3):Navy Pier Ferris Wheel and Rides→Millennium Park→Art Institute of Chicago→360 Chicago→sky deck

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这次旅行虽然比较累但是乐趣很多,自由行很快乐!

Even though this trip is tired , but so much fun. Happy free travel!

期待下次旅行篇。

Looking forward to the next trip.

 

Start to Teach

时间进入10月底,天气转凉。

The time  to move in  late October. The winter is coming.

从开始的有点紧张到现在慢慢放松并且享受教学过程经历了快2个月的时间。下面简单介绍一下我现在的课程状况。我有13个班级。它们分别是一年级、二年级、三年级(一半)。语言课是我的主体课程。每次课时间为20分钟。主要集中于早上9点到12点这段时间。之后,学校也开始给我们加入一些其它课程。音乐课从三年级开始,每次课15分钟。之后又开始加入了太极课程,每次课30分钟。

From beginning  a little  bit nervous to now relax slowly and enjoy the teaching took me nearly 2 months. Next I want to introduce my curriculum briefs. Totally, I have thirteen classes. They are first grade, second grade and half third grade. Language lesson is my major lesson. Each class will last 20 minutes. It will begin from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. As time went by, the other lessons stared to join us. For example, the music class will start from third grade. Each music lesson will last 15 minutes. And the Taichi class will start from second grade. Each class will last 30 minutes.

语言课和文化课是穿插进行的。基本每一个月我们会谈一下文化方面的东西,但还是以语言课为主。因为确实想教孩子们一些实用的东西,所以这两个月我们讲了一些基本的词汇像:老师、你好。还有打招呼的小对话。数字1到10。我还介绍了中国尊师重教的文化和中秋节。

Each month we will do a cultural item. Language class and cultural class will  take turns. But I will pay much attention on language classes. Because I  want to teach them something useful. So I teach some basic  words such as: “teacher”” hello”. And a small dialogue about greeting.And number 1 to 10 in Chinese. As cultural terms, I introduce the Mid-autumn Festival and Chinese respect teacher theory.

虽然每节课时间不是很长,但孩子们的注意力不会一直集中在老师身上。如果长久的保持一个项目,孩子们的注意力就会越来越涣散。所以每次课我都希望自己的课上有亮点。音乐教学法在数字教学的时候,我觉得特别好用,也要多想一些有趣的游戏。但不能比较孩子,不是为了玩而游戏,是为了学习而玩。

Although each class won’t take a long time, but kids won’t focus for a long time. So if  we keep doing one item for a long time, they become distractibility. So I would like at least one highlight each class. The music teaching method helps a lot when I teach numbers and we need to come up with some interesting games too. But we can’t compare the kids, we play games not only for playing but also learning something.

New beginning!

一个月前我打包好自己的行李,带着未知与期待来到了美国。这个对我来说,充满着吸引力的国度。经过1天的在圣克劳德的短期培训,我们跟着sara how(我们学校的心理老师)来到了法戈。与我同行的还有已经呆过一年的Erin,也是即将跟我一起共同生活与工作的小伙伴。

One month ago, I packed up my luggage, with unknown and expectation, came to the United Stated. In my view, American is full of attraction. After one-day, short-term training, we came to Fargo with Sara How (Our school counselor). Erin, who has been here for one year, will be my living and working partner.

安顿好后,隔天我们就到了学校展开培训。所有的老师集中在体育馆来进行开学前的动员,校长演示了一些打招呼的方式和这学期希望学习的歌曲。我觉得非常有意思,大家分享着夏天的一些有意思的事,还玩了游戏。校长还亲切的过来和我打招呼和问好,整个学校感觉非常有活力而又井然有序。

When I settled down, we went to school for pre-school workshop. Staff assembled at gym to warm-up for the school year. Dr. Henry demonstrated some special greeting manner and the interesting song–tricky bear. I felt very interesting when we shared something about summer vacation and played games together. Dr. Henry also came to greet to me.It is so nice. The atmosphere of the school is really energetic and organized.

第一周的课程我们主要是到各个班级观察课堂。观察老师怎么进行课程的,有什么值得我学习和了解的。这一周的观察其实极其重要,因为能够帮助我在最短时间内适应美国的教学。比如老师跟同学间的互动都很有意思,老师有一些特定的口号,帮助整顿纪律等等。

We need to observe the class in the first week of school. It is extremely important because I can learn something useful, such as how to manage the class and some new method to teach. All these tips will help me to get used to here more quickly.

好了,第一篇周记就说到这把。

Ok.That’s all.

Continuing…