My Experience at Shanxi Education Support Camp
Author: Lepei Zhao(15 yrs), Editor: Haiqin Wang[编者按语] 2017年是乐培参加山西支教行的第二年。这位小老师的脸上总是洋溢着如阳光一般灿烂的笑容，象春风一样温暖着你的心。支教过去已经快半年了，她的记忆还是那么鲜活。在2018新年伊始的时刻，她发来了重温过去的感想文章，带我们再次回到去年的支教生活。让我们来看一看，小老师们为支教之行的准备工作和支教期间与学生们的友好互动。她们对于支教行的留恋，激励我们把以后的工作做得更好，给孩子们提供更好的平台，带领她们在服务社会的同时，也得到自身的成长和锻炼！
Shanxi Education Support Camp was a vigorous, tiring, but worthwhile experience altogether.
To have made it such a great experience, the first step was to plan. My partner and I prepared many different class periods that we would teach in the two weeks. For example, we decided to introduce American holidays that they didn’t have in China. Christmas was their favorite because they got to make paper trees and we put candy underneath their trees. We also tried to incorporate American culture that was very different than in China. I showed them the money system and the difference between our countries. I promised them all that I would bring back enough one dollar bills for all of them.
The second step was to get the supplies we needed for the trip. For the crafts, we brought a lot of paper and colored pencils while for the English classes, we brought a lot of children books.
The third step was to actually go to a village in Shanxi Province of China and teach the kids. This was the most exciting part. I got to get to know the other teachers at my age and we all bonded very quickly and my class was extraordinary. I made friends that I will keep in contact long after this trip, even though some of us are going to college while others are just entering middle or high school. Even though my class caused me trouble probably every single day and every single second of my time, I love them with all my heart. I remember the very first day when my teaching partner and I made introductions and the classroom wouldn’t quiet down, I thought I had been handed the rowdy class. And I was right, I was given the loudest class but I fell in love with every single one of them slowly every single day. Their sassy questions, their cute observations, and even coming up to show me something cool that they made, that’s what made it all worth it.
I have learned to teach them and it has been a wonderful adventure, opening my eyes up to all the possibilities of teaching those wonderful kids. I spent six hours with them everyday and I can say that I didn’t regret one second of that time. It was a lot of hard work and a lot of stress but the result is something I cannot argue with. In America, we really like physical activity so we brought our kids outside a lot to play musical chairs or other games that involved getting active. We learned that these kids typically don’t go out to play and stay in the classroom all day which is a little different than in America.
On the last day at the school, we held a talent show for each class and a dance group. Many classes sang an American lullaby with a little dance in it. One class read a whole section of a pretty hard book. Another class played musical chairs. Overall, the talent show showcased what the Little Masters Club teachers had taught in the past two weeks.
I came back to America missing my kids and my friends but the memories are unforgettable. I hope to go back there to teach next year, and hopefully with my friends from this year and new friends that I’ll make next year!!