For my second week of teaching I found it really difficult to simplify my lessons. I recently graduated  so I am still used to having many details in my planning that are completely unnecessary in my new teaching environment.  The biggest and hardest lesson I am learning right now with planning is to simplify the lessons.  That means that after I plan what I would normally consider a very active-learning lesson, I have to go back and modify or cut most of my ideas.  This is very difficult for me to do because I am very thorough and I want to include everything I think they need to know.  Students have a limited knowledge of English so I have to make the lessons simple and not include too much information.  I only have 40 minutes for each lesson which means about 25 to 30 minutes of actual teaching time. 
Phyllis Mills
9/23/2009 10:57:51 pm

Hi Cassandra,
I just read your entries about teaching in China and wanted to encourage you. For the last 10 years, I have traveled to Mainland China to teach English during the summers. I have taught ages 12-14 up to teachers. From what I have read, you are finding that you have to be very flexible because plans can change in just moments. You will find the Chinese people to be kind and loving and some of the best friends you could ever have. I can relate to the non-air conditioned classrooms. However, this past year, for the first time, I got to work in a classroom that had air conditioning. If I can be of any help to you just let me know. Phyllis Mills, Lake Village, Arkansas

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Sati
10/3/2009 06:48:32 pm

THANK YOU for blogging about your experiences! i'm looking forward to teaching in Taiwan too but i'm scared and feel totally lost. i'm glad that i can read your blog and get some ideas of how things might be there. you sound really brave and i encourage you to do your best! please keep us updated on your teaching career there. take care. thanks :)

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Marilyn Hodgin
10/10/2009 03:17:09 am

Cassandra, So exciting to hear of your adventures. I was in Yilan County in 07/08. Great experience. My home is NW Arkansas. My blog is still up if you want to check it out - Marilyn's Time in Taiwan. I hope you have a wonderful year. I understand a lot of your first impressions. You will be a different person when you go back to the US. If I can help you at all, please feel free to ask.

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2/2/2010 03:33:14 pm

I have heard that Madeline Hunter model of lesson plans, allows you to compare the same lesson, taught (and planned for) in different ways source. Seems to be an interesting model

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8/30/2010 01:47:40 pm

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law. (Oliver Goldsmith, British writer)

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9/1/2010 01:43:43 pm

When two people are in love, they are eager to have more sweet kisses. But why they are in quarrel, they are hurting each other by the mouths that once used for kissing? Every time when I was upset or tired, I can only kiss by myself.

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10/14/2010 07:17:15 pm

Once owned of, don't forget. Valentine's day has been attracted to cherish; more, Don't give up the things that belong to oneself, Lost memories; for, Want,You must work hard, But most importantly, Good care of yourself!

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12/17/2010 11:20:28 am

Asesoramiento gran, práctico y muy necesario*

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12/21/2010 10:03:24 am

Thank applause and encouragement, because he gives me greater energy and courage!

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12/28/2010 04:37:55 pm

i am really appreciating you for your kindness that you have made a really interesting blog and peoples are always seeking to get information and share their ideas. Great work Man and keep it going. God bless you!

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