Day 2, 9 July 09, Thursday
This morning's sound was not yapping dogs, squealing pigs, or quacking ducks, but LOUD croaking frogs and crickets. Today at 0230, the morning chorus of frogs and crickets sang for my approval... I forced myself to sleep till my normal waking hour, with little success I did, but they finally won and gained their audience.
I equipped myself with headphones and walked the track 3 laps. Although, slight drizzle, the fresh smell of rain and clean air made me feel much alive.
First meeting with Raul was scheduled for 0830, I collected Nora, a 22yr Hungarian whose major is Chinese Culture and speaks Chinese and English, to meet Raul at his office. He provided us with the school's version of lesson plans. I do remember when applying for schools, some of the requirements is that the schools have their own academic outline. In truth, Raul's was rather confusing, although he did explain, I just as lost as poor Nora.
I did have an opportunity to share my lessons which involves the same technique as well better choice of music. Raul confessed that he likes Country music, hearing that I nearly gagged in which Nora giggled. He mentioned students are encouraged to listen to popular music. “Take me country road is popular?” I inquired, then shivered when mentally hearing the verses. “How about this song, very easy and catchy.”
Selected an Oldies tune 'It's a beautiful morning' and Raul liked, he actually started to sing. Nevertheless, he did say after the school's lessons and there is time, I can play my music. Not a problem.
Also, this school has time scheduled “teacher's preparation” in which we actually have to sit in classroom to prepare our lessons. Now, I have to say compared to Guangya School's office computers, Century has the SLOWEST systems! We spent most of the first hour waiting for the system to warm up and get connected. On my laptop, I'd be finished already! Ugh!!!
Raul was able to connect my laptop to the internet... oh, felt so much like getting an IV of Life. I was able to reach out and virtually touch someone again. Sadly, I can only do internet whilst in my assigned classroom during my 'teacher's preparation'.