At the first day I came to St. Cloud, I was told it will be terrible cold in the winter. I was half-believed with it untile the last Saturday. The weather forecast showed the deepest temperature was -33 degree Celsius. And someone has taken an experiment. He splashing the hot water, It became ice soon. It is so amazing. I am enjoying the winter, I trust it will be a special winter for me, just enjoy everyday !
I cannot believe my eyes to see the temperature here.
Apollo will have a meeting on the first Monday of every month .Because of the unexpected high snow last Monday , so the meeting delayed to this Monday. After a snow , in such a cold morning , when I walked into the North resource center , there only few teacher there.
The meeting of the month always surround the plan of the new month and the summary of the last month. Besides that , there has a topic for every month to let the teachers talk about or just have a consider about it . In American school garden , it is concerned about “bully and equality and respect “. All the teachers will listen, watching and discuss the topic.
In the meeting, I am always attracted by the finger language teacher , she always stands before the 3 teachers of hearing disorder , she explains the content carefully , not only about the speech but also about the questions . This kind of detail made me feel the “equal and respect.”
The immersion students are all studying Chinese from their kindergarten. Almost all of the students are good at listening and speaking . So at the first time when I ask them to learn something looks a bit simple , they didn’t understand .And there was no books for the immersion students , how to teach and what to teach ? Thanks for Ms. Susan , the coach of the Chinese immersion program , she helped me to apply the on line . This website can give the students an objective assessment in vocabulary and comprehension . But not in grammar ,not in writing . So I gave them another kind of test to certain their level . and now I teach them in 3 groups ,sometimes with the same topic , sometimes are different .
对于world language 的学生，我对他们采取的是分阶段教学。语言教学是一个综合性的学习过程，包括听、说、读、写4方面的内容。因为他们是初学者，所以任以方面对于他们来讲都不简单。因此我在学期之初，侧重于他们对汉语语音的感知和把握。鼓励学生多听多说话，在第一学期，基本保证了所有的学生都可以听懂并回答老师提出的简单问题，并能简单介绍自己。二学期开始，我把教学重点放在了汉字书写上。着重培养他们对结构的感知。
For the students of the world language class ,everything is fresh .There are four sides in language learning ,that is listening/speaking/reading \writing .Language learning is a comprehensive course .At first of their learning ,I always ask them to hear and speak. And after 2 months learning , almost all of them can answer the simple questions they were asked , and can answer the questions correctly. So from the second trimester I asked them to write more characters . Learn to write in Chinese characters is difficult but interesting , and they got an obviously progress.
These days we are learning about family members. I taught them to read from “father ,mother to how many people are there in your family .”They always did well in my class , I am so appreciated with their performance in my class.
And when I collected their homework , I was moved at that time , they not only introduced their family ,they drew too. every one drew it . It made a common homework became a living paper.
To the world language students , they can speak a lot of their personal information , they can hear ,answer and ask . from now on , I will pay more attention to their reading .
Oct31st,is the Halloween Day ,before the festival ,I gave the immersion students a special homework ,to introduce the Halloween. The students are carefully with the homework . They search data from the website, they prepare the powerpoint ,and they prepared the music of Halloween. Tomas made the speech before us ,introduced the origins of the Halloween ,and the custom the food , and what the American families’ favorite .I was deeply impressed by the students’ creativity .
Apollo High School的沉浸式课堂共有8名学生，他们都是从幼儿园开始进入中文沉浸式学习项目的。从教他们一段时间后，我了解到他们的特点是听力、口语较好，阅读与书写能力稍弱。想要提高他们汉语学习的兴趣，常常需要老师另辟蹊径。
There are 8 students in the Language Art class of Apollo High School . They joined the Chinese Immersion program from the kindergarten age, they have learnt Chinese for about 10 years. So they are all good at listening and speaking . But all of them don’t like the writing and reading . As a teacher , I prepared many kind of method to motivate them.
The Halloween is coming now , so I gave them a special homework to introduce the Halloween . I divided them into two groups , one prepare ,the story and the custom , the other group prepare the music and the special cloths of Halloween. I gave them 2 weeks to prepare.
Two weeks later , they gave their homework . To my astonish , they did well . they check from books and the web , they used the powerpoint to show me their homework . Tomas was the speaker and Isaiah coordinate with him .
It’s a successful homework , and I should say “good job”.