S: New Day Memories 2010-2011
BC: Created by: Shi Chen | Nodding my head like Dui, I don't know what you say... | Put your hands up, you're learning English, We know you're goonna be okay. Yeah, it's a party at New Day
FC: New Day Adventures
1: Rules of Living in China: 1. Have Fun. 2. Don't Die The 2010-2011 school year was a year to remember. I just graduated from Grove City College and I took a job at New Day Learning Center teaching English as a second language. I didn't know what I was getting myself into, but I knew I wanted an adventure. The year had many ups and downs, moving to a new country, experiencing culture shock of living in China and living as a grown-up, and starting my teaching career. I learned many valuable lessons that year. From how to cook grilled cheese sandwiches and commuting to work on a bike, to making class fun and meaningful, I truly enjoyed the many firsts I had and the many relationships I formed. "
2: Home, Sweet Home. Leslie and I loved our little apartment, with our hot dog coach, broiler-friendly oven, testy microwave, hot-water heated shower, and scary gas stove. Despite our ghetto appliances, our apartment was filled with memories of chick flick nights, brownie making disasters, laundry hung for all to see, dance parties, and simple meals. Climbing up six flights of stairs always made for a great workout.
3: New Day: To Know God and Make Him Known Nestled in a farming village outside of Beijing, New Day was the home of a learning center, foster home, and business. I loved its patches of green grass, good food in the cafeteria, and volleyball court. Most of all, I was blessed by the talented and compassionate staff and kind students, as I started my teaching career and made life-long friendships.
4: Hello Teacher! My first official class as "Miss Chen" was Class 1001, a beginner's ESL course. I had a class full of silly teenage boys and sweet young women...until they started skipping class to watch Chinese soap operas in their dorm rooms.
5: With Hanna as our translator, we learned survival English phrases, had a field trip to a water park and the zoo, visited a family at the Pearl Project, made dumplings and dinner, and deviled eggs for Thanksgiving. Oh, did I mention that we learned English?
6: Beijing Fun. | Chaoyang Park. Olympic Park. Water Cube. Beijing Zoo.
7: Fun Beijing. | Ming Ling Tombs. Summer Palace. Fragrant Hills.
8: Celebrating holidays New Day style meant cooking a lot of food--dumplings, deviled eggs, turkey...and having a talent show. Leslie and I serenaded the crowds with our rendition of -Party at New Day--Baby, It's Cold Outside--New Day State of Mind.
9: It was tough being away from our families, but we had fun at pot lucks, eating hot pot, seeing the Chinese Nutcracker, going Progressive Caroling, wearing watching socks, and burning a Santa candle.
10: Winter Bliss. Beijing has a lot of fun winter activities to offer: chair skating on a frozen lake, skiing on bunny slopes, ice skating with friends. I wore my Grandma coat to protect me from the dry/cold winters!
11: I went skiing for the first time, after I threw up from food poisoning. Good times! | Hou Hai is awesome in the winter!
12: Winter Camp. After the semester, we taught a three week intensive camp at New Day and a one week camp for kids at the BDA. Some fond memories were speed dating, movie nights on the roof, baking brownies with baking soda, an adventure on the new subway, and having the SOTA high school students here to help.
13: BDA. In the Spring, I taught ESL to second grade students at the BDA school. A teacher quit, so I got the job because of my Elementary Education qualifications. It was really difficult learning how to communicate in a very different environment, and teaching kids who did not know the language. Luckily, I always had encouraging moments with Jan who taught 1st grade, and saw more of the suburbs of Beijing. This semester helped me realize that I do enjoy teaching kids. I had three sections of 20 kids, and we mostly did vocabulary activities and read alouds. I'm a BDA survivor.
14: Xi'An/ The six of us explored Xi'An, the home of the Terracotta Warriors. We survived an overnight train ride on hard seats, and hiked all over gardens, and the tombs.
15: Sometimes on Sundays we would check out Chinese three-self church, then have fellowship at a Park. Since Felix is a photographer, we always had a photo shoot.
16: This is where the magic happened. I fell in love with my best friend, and we had fun going on creative dates to a Gingko tree, flower park, and any Disney Pixar film dubber in English.
17: Shi Du. Camping in China meant sleeping in hostel rooms, riding on inflatable rafts, and having water fights on a bamboo boat.