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lijennifer168
Aug 11, 2019
In Student's Project
The Qingdao Leadership Convention was a really fun experience and I learned a lot. It was quite different from the 2018 convention in Shanghai, even though it was the same organization. For the first round, we worked with Chinese students and learned about how they work together and present. When we actually went to present, we were a little surprised by how small the stage was, especially compared to last year. We could barely fit all our team members on stage! What was even more surprising was the Q&A part. Some questions were really hard and irrelevant to our project. For the second round, I was able to meet a lot of different people and learn about the work styles of different people and how to work with these different styles. At first, my group wasn't very accepting of me. For the Gold of Desert King event, I realized that I had a very interesting group. Mainly a small group did all the work while the rest of the group did meaningless tasks, which slowly became the rest of the group going on their phones. When we actually started on the project, the group worked in the same way. Only after our coach told them that they could use the Hong Kong and American student did they include us, but they only asked us about our experiences in the US and HK. When I asked them what I could do to help, they always told me that there wasn't anything they needed help with. Because of this, more than half of the group spent the time on their phones. However, towards the end, the rest of the group was able to contribute more and we became closer as a group. For the third round, It was quite similar to last year, but the topic was much less controversial. We also discussed the topic before going on stage. Compared to last year, I definitely built closer relationships with the other students, both American and Chinese, that came to the convention.
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lijennifer168
Jul 27, 2019
In Student's Project
There is a pretty lake here with lotus flowers. The American students in the AI group took a picture together here after practicing (which was while the Chinese students in our group went to the beach)
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lijennifer168
Aug 06, 2018
In AC Students Fellowship
I have already written a teaching reflection on the first day I taught, so some of the things I said may be repeated. I, like all the other American students, taught two lessons. On the first day, I gave a lesson on pronouns and subject-verb agreement and I gave a lesson about labs and projects in the US on the fifth day. For both lessons, I felt like the time was a bit rushed and I did not get to complete both lessons. I did not get through all my slides and give out the worksheet for my English lesson. For the STEM lesson, I ended up not giving my Electroplating presentation and ended up just talking about the slides. Although my English lesson was first, I feel like it went better than my STEM lesson. The high school students already seemed very familiar with pronouns and SV agreement but the middle school students found it a little more difficult. The lesson was probably still on the easy side for all the students. The projector did not work for the first half of the STEM lesson so it was a little more difficult to give it. I was not able to show the students the images and it was more difficult for the students to follow along and understand what I was saying. It was also a more complicated and difficult topic for Chinese students to understand. One thing I noticed about the students was that they did not like to raise their hands and answer questions, even if they knew the answer. Although I changed the way I taught my lesson to accommodate this, they did not get to practice their English as much as I wanted them to. Despite the language barrier and differences, I was glad that they seemed to understand most of what I was saying and teaching. Overall, it was a fun experience and I think I improved my speaking skills and learned a lot.
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lijennifer168
Aug 03, 2018
In AC Students Fellowship
Today was a very long day and we listened to many lessons. I taught my STEM lesson today but the projector wasn't working for the first half of my presentation and ended up writing on the chalkboard. I didn't have much time for the second half of the lesson and changed it from giving the presentation to just talking about it. I really liked the last lesson we heard today where Vera and Iris taught us about traditional handicrafts. Shirley laoshi taught us how to make bracelets and Iris taught us how to make the Chinese Knot. We also learned how to speak a few sentences in the XuanCheng dialect and it was very fun (although I probably said everything wrong). I found out that there were similarities between the XuanCheng and ChongQing dialect. The way you say "I don't know" is very similar in both dialects, both replacing "知道" with "xiao."
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lijennifer168
Aug 02, 2018
In AC Students Fellowship
Today we went to JiXi. Before going, I tried buying a fan and ended up losing a hundred RMB and didn't get a fan. I ended up getting the money back, but today was very hectic. When we went on the tour, we learned about fengshui (风水), the balance of energy in one's surrounding. I learned about this in Chinese school, but I never got to see a residency with extremely good balance before. There were mountains, and then a plot of land where the buildings and crops were, and there was a river and more mountains. The tour guide pointed out that the entire place was in the shape of a rowboat. Afterwards, we went hiking and climbed the rocks. It was quite fun, however it was extremely hot.
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lijennifer168
Aug 01, 2018
In AC Students Fellowship
Today we went to three different places. We made dumplings, went to a plywood factory and saw the manufacturing process, and we went to a mountain and learned about the Taxus Chinensis/ Chinese Yew , a special type of tree that can prevent cancer and get rid of mosquitoes. I really liked making dumplings because it brought back childhood experiences.
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lijennifer168
Jul 30, 2018
In Student Leadership
Today was the first day of teaching in the Anhui teaching camp. I was the second one to teach and it was a very interesting experience. After the lessons, the group took a break from the classroom and went hiking at JingTing Mountain. When we were done with the hike, we came back to the classroom to continue lessons and plan for the STEM project. Teaching a lesson was a very unique experience and was different from what I have done before. I had volunteered as a TA for three summers, however it was still challenging in some ways. Before the lesson, it was very stressful and I was nervous, however I enjoyed it at the end. It was fun and I think it was pretty rewarding. During the lesson, I encountered a few difficulties. Beforehand, we did not know the levels of the students. From what I saw, all the students have learned at least a little about my topic (Pronouns and Subject-Verb Agreement) and found it pretty easy. The high school/ college students seemed to know a lot about it and are already very comfortable with my topics, however the middle school students seem to struggle more. I think it was a little difficult to teach with this gap. The students also did not like to raise their hands or volunteer to answer questions. This could of been because they were bored or did not understand what was going on. There was also a lot less time given then I thought, as I did not get to let them do the worksheet and I had to skip over some parts of the lesson. After the lessons, we ate lunch and went to the JingTing Mountain. It was very tiring to hike up the mountain, and the heat made it worse. There were a lot of bamboos and statues, which a lot of people took pictures of. I did not try to climb to the top of the mountain because I was too tired and dehydrated to go on. When everyone was done, we were all drenched in swear and exhausted. After hiking, some of us went into a temple and prayed. We then walked around the temple and probably made the gods mad because of all the noise we were making. As we were leaving the site, it was already starting to storm. Before going into the classroom, we stayed outside and watched the storm. We mostly pointed and gazed at the lighting, which was very pretty and cool. The huge lighting bolts flashed across the sky and I was very surprised as I have never seen lighting like this. When the electricity in the classroom was working again, we all went in to start the lessons again. Two of the Chinese students taught us about the culture of the internet in China. Afterwards, we got into our STEM projects groups and decided on the topic of the project.
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lijennifer168
Jul 28, 2018
In Touring in Shanghai
Today we went to the water village. It was extremely hot but also pretty. We saw many beds here and learned about clothes. After buying food from this one booth, the salesperson told me that I needed to learn how to bargain because everything is overpriced.
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lijennifer168
Jul 27, 2018
In Touring in Shanghai
In the morning, we went to visit a lake and had to walk a lot. At this lake, there were many willow trees that signified beauty and a lot of lotuses. At this place, we saw a bridge. According to the tour guide, this was the broken bridge that represented the broken heart of the white snake in a Chinese fable.
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lijennifer168
Jul 26, 2018
In Touring in Shanghai
Today the group went to two main places. This is a picture of on of the lakes we went to, which is located right next to a small museum with ancient buildings. Before looking around, we sat around at this lake to rest. A few people decided to try crossing a small portion of the lake by stepping on the logs, which you can see in the bottom left-hand corner.
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