Let the Learning Begin!

I experienced the same thrill of excitement today during the “opening ceremony” of the SABEH summer teacher training workshop as I did two years ago when I first visited Fuzhou, China. Looking around the auditorium at hundreds of Chinese teachers’ eager to begin their training, I was overwhelmed by an intense feeling of pride at being one of the fifteen American educators who had just travelled across the world for this incredible opportunity. In addition to sharing American pedagogy with Chinese teachers, I am looking forward to learning more about of the Chinese culture while continuing SABEH’s legacy of building bridges between our two cultures through education. I know that I will return

Teaching in China

More than 20 years ago, I read a wonderful book about China –Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Her family memoir tells the story of three generations of women – her grandmother, her mother, and herself - and the experiences she relates bridge ancient and modern Chinese history. Since reading this book, I have dreamed of visiting China myself. Now, I am here, bridging cultures and forming impressions and understandings of this foreign and mysterious world. As I write this, I have just completed my first day of classes with SABEH. To break the ice with my students, I asked them to choose three words to describe themselves. Among the more than 60 students whom I met today, several words kept recur

Early Morning Life in West Lake Park

In mid-July in Fuzhou, China, the sun rises at 5:20 AM. At that time of morning, the temperature is around 26° C (78° F). By noontime, the temperature can be 37° C (98°) or higher - much too hot to be outside. Subsequently, the Chinese take a long siesta (休息 (xiu1 xi1)) at noontime, reserving the cooler hours of early morning and late evening for exercising and socializing. That’s when I head over to West Lake Park. West Lake Park covers 42.5 hectares (105 acres), 70% of it water. It has a history of over 1700 years, having been built during the Jin Dynasty (year 282). West Lake Park is the most well preserved, classical garden in Fuzhou, with temples, pavilions, lotus ponds, arched bridges,

An Afternoon at the Fujian Museum

Last Sunday, a colleague and I went to the Fujian Museum, which is a short walk from the hotel. I am the first to admit that I know very little about China, so I welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the province of Fujzou and China in general. Thankfully, the museum had quite a lot of signage in English; I learned more about Chinese culture and, in turn, the peoples of China while viewing various exhibits about natural and human history as well as sculptures and other works of art created in and around Fujian province. What led me to SABEH in the first place is the reality that I have several dozen Chinese students in my Spanish classes each year at Acton-Boxborough Regional High Sch

Our Journey to China

Our journey to China began in January, when 12 talented educators met once a week to learn about China, collaborate and plan their lessons. The excitement was building throughout the six months. The time finally arrived. Eight educators met in Boston at Logan Airport, while the remaining educators from different parts of the United States met in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong at the airport, the teachers began getting to know one another and sharing their excitement. After the long travel from the United States on Cathay Pacific, we all arrived in Fuzhou where we were met by our dear friend Chen Jian. We all boarded a bus for the drive to our hotel. On our way to the hotel, we observed

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