I’ve been rather remiss in working on the blog and adding stuff… but this was the second post I wrote. I have been so busy coming up with my first lesson plan and then tweaking it to make it work better. Counting today I’ve taught three classes but more about that later. (Oh by the way, any Shan Ding Elementary students reading my blog, don’t take my English as something to follow or refer to because I’m being very informal. : )
Starting my second blog post because blog posts shouldn’t be too long… strictly speaking… Anyhow, so going from where I left off, Gill took me shopping the next day. We had lunch first at this Japanese place; it was the first time for her too. Apparently the Japanese food is made with “Tawainese influence” to cater to the tastes of the Taiwanese people. They cook the dishes at the table where you’re seated, which is really cool… it didn’t occur to me to video the making of the first dish, which was what I ordered; curry rice. hehe, it was a bit like risotto too, but it was delicious, hands down 10 points for yummy-ness. The next dish was pancake but not exactly pancake, it had veges and other things inside. It was sort of pre-made in the kitchen and then brought to us. It was good, but I thought the flavour got too strong after a while, like eating chocolate to the point that you’ve had enough. After that we had desert. It was cooked at the table so I videoed it.
(my lovely host family :) )
Depeartment store bathroom sinks. Their not designed that way in Aus. Well I’ve only seen it once.
We went shopping after that and Gill insisted on paying for me and reasoned that they were Christmas presents. Very sweet of her. : ) We dropped by Shan Ding Elementary School on our way back and I met RuRu and some of the other teachers. RuRu organises the curriculum for the school but she’s also a teacher and she teaches Drama, but apparently in Taiwan if you teach the Arts you have to teach Drama, Visual arts and Music as a combined course… Also in Taiwan schools, administrative duties and teaching are combined so they don’t actually have an admin staff; some of the teachers just double up (and their very lovely teachers ^^).
From the left: Lin laoshi*, Zhang laoshi and Amanda.
I met the principle and RuRu walked me around the school. They actually have quite a few music rooms equipped differently, but they don’t have keyboards! Which makes me a little worried because I planned lessons for keyboards but I’ll see what I can do, flexibility is a skill right. ^^ (I hope)
*laoshi: teacher. In Chinese it’s customary to say it that way; [surname] [laoshi].