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Share Bigger Isn't Always Better
MichaelM 2015-6-17 09:34
I came to China from my home in Texas. Texas is the largest state on the U.S. mainland. Second only in size to Alaska, the largest of the U.S. states. Texas is known for boasting that 'everything is bigger' there. Well, I'm a pretty big guy. I recently got my medical exam. They said I stand 191 cm tall. Not just tall either. BIG! (I won't say my weight. hehe) Someone suggested to me recently that with all of the public exposure I've received, I should have a lot more private students in my En ...
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Share Excellence In Education: Parent Training
MichaelM 2015-6-16 04:30
Having the one child policy in China, parents get one chance at raising a child and learning what to do and not to do with that child. Fortunately, most of them have had a great model in raising children which they learned from their own parents. So, it is not like that have no instruction in child rearing. Today, though, I think it is a bit different because there are different challenges facing parents that were not present a generation ago. One of the biggest challenges that most fac ...
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Share The Luckiest Foreigner in China
MichaelM 2015-6-1 21:06
I'm either the luckiest foreigner in China or, I've done something right along the path of my life to be as blessed as I am. Let me tell you why. Last Saturday night, I was exhausted from having taught 9 classes that day. I call Saturday, 'Marathon' day because we work so hard with so many classes. But, make no mistake about this, I love doing it. I think I have the most amazing job in the world. Especially when those divine winks seem to come my way. One of those came on Saturday night. ...
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Share A Mother's Sacrifice
MichaelM 2015-5-30 07:54
When a woman decides to have a child, it is a huge life decision for her. She will sacrifice a lot. First, during pregnancy, she will sacrifice the potential of having morning sickness, weight gain, discomfort, pain and hormonal adjustments. Then, there is the birth itself where she will possibly sacrifice her own life not to mention the physical agony of the birth itself. As any parent who has ever had and raised children will tell you, THAT is only the beginning of the sacrifices that a mot ...
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Share How To Remember English Words
MichaelM 2015-5-29 05:34
All of the English language training programs (TOEFL, TEFL, TESOL, IELTS) train teachers various methods of teaching English. The most common method for remembering English words (or words of any language for that matter) is two-fold. Simply put, they are, 'relate and use.' Let me explain this process. I believe that it will help you to learn words faster and easier. It will also support your long-term memory of the words. First, relate the words (as much as you can) to something that sounds ...
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Share World's Best Colleges/Universities
MichaelM 2015-5-26 10:36
My grade 2 high school AP students asked me about an article that they saw here on CD. I require them to find and read at least 3 articles a week about education on CD. The article they questioned me about talked about how Chinese colleges were rapidly improving in world rankings. That led us into a discussion about the world's best colleges/universities. The one point they wanted to make is that, in one of the listings (the Shanghai Rankings, also known as The Academic Ranking of World Universi ...
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Share Chinese Students Amaze Me
MichaelM 2015-5-10 06:32
Saturday is 'Marathon Day' for me and my teaching assistants. We have the equivalent of 9 classes. We take no breaks except for the 10 minutes after one class ends and the next one begins (in addition to lunch). It is a long time considering most teachers who teach in the public school where I teach part-time, teach about 15 classes a week on average. At 56 years old, most people tell me that I teach too much. The truth is, I'm not that tired after teaching 16 classes on the weekends and 12 m ...
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Share What A Teacher Should Do When A Student Fails
MichaelM 2015-5-9 07:16
Recently, I was in a class of primary students teaching them English. Jason, one of the students that I've taught and observed for the past couple of years, got frustrated when he couldn't get the correct answers on a certain worksheet the class was doing. After 3 attempts, he put his head down on the desk and started crying. He wasn't angry with anyone, only frustrated with himself. I was on top of the situation even though my Chinese teaching assistant missed what was happening due to helpi ...
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Share How Good Teachers Teach
MichaelM 2015-5-9 06:54
Ken Bain, the author of 'What The Best College Teachers Do', brings a incredible wisdom to teachers who are focused on being the best that they can be. Some of the things that he has observed in college teachers (which equally applies to all teachers) are practices I've also discovered and used for some time here as a foreign teacher in China. Let me share those with you. 1. Good teachers understand their students. They are constantly attentive and in tune with their students' personal needs. ...
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Share Foreign Teachers In China
MichaelM 2015-4-30 16:39
I've been in China now, almost, 4 years. I came here in 2011. I planned to stay one year and go back to the USA. The biggest attraction to me and most important reason for staying here is that I felt very welcomed by so many wonderful people and saw that I could make a difference in the lives of thousands of young students. In considering renewing my contract with the international department of a local public school, I discovered how the compensation and approach to get new teachers had chan ...
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