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Ni hao! (Hello!) from China
This summer, Mrs. Bisson, Ms. Dover, Ms. Emmons, and Mr. Hazel are enjoying their “time off” just like all other Marvin Elementary teachers…they’re just doing it from China!
As part of a cultural exchange program managed by Marvin Ridge High School, thirty Union County teachers are in Nanjing, China to help support the success of the summer cultural teaching experience at bilingual summer camp.
Since arriving in Xi’an on June 30th, the teachers have immersed themselves in Chinese culture. They have climbed Huashan Mountain, walked atop the city wall, visited the giant wild goose pagoda, and gazed upon the eighth wonder of the world…the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
After flying from Xi’an to Nanjing on July 3rd, everyone celebrated Independence Day by teaching their first day of conversational English to their students.
For two weeks, the “China group” will continue to teach lessons to 4th-9th grade students in Nanjing. Along the way, the teachers will continue to learn about Chinese culture. From practicing tai chi, to sketching calligraphy, to cooking up a traditional Chinese meal, it’s an experience of a lifetime.
When camp ends on July 16th, Mrs. Bisson and Ms. Emmons will come home to North Carolina. However, Ms. Dover and Mr. Hazel will continue their experience in Beijing. During their stay, they will visit the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Olympic Village, and the Great Wall. It’s a trip that lasts until July 20th, when they will make their way home to prepare for the 2014-15 school year.
Written by: Damien Hazel, Third Grade Teacher
Posted: Jul 06, 2014 by Marni Menkin