I hope your summer is going well. Its been a while since I have posted anything. Why? I haven’t done anything interesting these past few months. Except for a brief trip to Hangzhou (which I will make a post about soon), I have done little else besides work and search for my next job. My time at Disney English has come to an end. It is with bittersweet memories that I say ‘Zai Jian’…I will remember only the good times I am sure, because there were more of those than bad times. I have also made some really good friends who I will miss seeing daily!
Good things I will remember: 1.) I love singing all the time in the classroom – that never gets old. 2.) Cute, no, REALLY cute Chinese children. They are adorable. 3.) Disney content is awesome! The technology is top-notch. 4.) Amazing and talented staff who put in extra effort to make the “show” go on and off without a hitch.
Things I won’t miss: 1.) the grueling 12 hours Saturday schedule. 2.) the constant “performance” aspect of this job. I am an educator not a performer. I often say – “time for the clown show” as we are getting ready to go “on stage”. 3.) Working EVERY weekend. 4.) No summer break. 5.) the “edu-tainment” factor and constantly “entertaining” children so that they can speak a simple English sentence is exhausting! To say the least!
Now for the exciting and good news….I have found my next adventure. I will be teaching middle school (6th, 7th & 8th Grade) Social Studies and computer classes at Xiwai International School!
It is actually my dream and desire to teach that subject matter to that age group. I couldn’t ask for more really, except if this whole opportunity was in Austin, Texas and not Songjiang, China. So what do I have to complain about? Come on! You know me…I’ll find something. LOL! Its far from where I live, that is my only worry at the moment. Its in another town called Songjiang which is many kilometers from Shanghai. It will take me 1.5 hours each way. Maybe I can grade papers on the train??
Here’s the website: http://www.xw.sjedu.cn/