The summer of 2016 is an unforgettable season! With lots of uncertainty and nervousness, I booked my air ticket to this beautiful state, Virginia, to be an trainee of a highly technology orientated program. With low self-esteem on technology, I just hoped my journey in the 18 days was peaceful fruitful. To my surprise, our two instructors, Dr. Tseng and Ms. Henny Chen prepared everything so well for trainees, including teaching materials, room and board, as well as spiritually supply. I was very impressed by the “spirit check” led by Henny lasohi before our practicum. Henny laoshi prepared pretty heart shaped notes for each trainee to write down some encouraging words for partners or ourselves. After the program finished, we all brought those notes home for our the precious memory!
In this program, from the day 1 to day 10, everyday is fruitful. In practicum, I was able to apply what we learned from Tseng laoshi such as meaningful drill, structured input, and teach grammar in context…and the big bonus-positive mind set. Through collaborating with my teammate, I also learned a lots activities ideas, technology, fun app and so on for teaching. Every teacher was willing to share and help each other. I felt so grateful that when I need help, always there is teacher put down her work and assist me immediately. Their friendship I will never forget!
The experiences of teach online is my very first time with the 6 students. Everyday view their homework on flipgrid and pedlet became my daily must-be. I enjoyed so much watching my students’ recording and written paragraph. One of my students created a phone call conversation for the assignment of “Introduce Beijing roasted duck to your friends”. She started her recording but all of sudden her cell phone rang, so she picked up the phone and started to talk. I thought in the beginning that she would tell her friend she was in the middle of recording, but realize that’s her prompt for her assignment! It’s hilarious!
I would like to thank Dr. Tseng provided this opportunity for me to learn and Henny Chen laoshi’s well prepared and inspiring lessons and instructions. Thank you all the teammates and my partner! Best wishes to all of us in the future teaching career and life!
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