2019 SESP Shanxi Half-Way Report–Elizabeth Yan

2019 SESP Shanxi Half-Way Report–Elizabeth Yan

山西笔记:一个星期的体会

SESP Shanxi Week 1 Reflections

【编者按语】山西支教的第一周教学结束了,今年燕天语做colead,与徐子嘉一起领导法成学校支教队的准备工作。她们已经连续教了两年这一班学生了,所以很容易的就进入教学状态了,也因此觉得时间过的很快!

 By:Elizabeth Yan 燕天语

第一年来支教的时候我很紧张。虽然我非常喜欢教学,可是我不认为我能够管理好一整个教室的学生。然而,当我走进教室的那一刻,所有的孩子非常热情,他们好奇心、专注的看着我,让我能很自然的鼓起勇气大声地和他们说话。

今年完全不同了。自从我们开始计划今年的活动之后,我一直及其期待着来到山西。其实早在去年支教营一结束的时候我就开始期待回到那个神奇美妙的小农村。十一月的时候,我从西雅图寄了一个圣诞礼物箱子回来,希望在圣诞节之前能到达。这也是因为圣诞节是我们前一年带着小朋友学的美国节日之一。两天前,当我走进教室的时候,他们仍然记得,还问我是否带了糖果。我想我很幸运能够连续三年教同一批学生,看着他们一年一年的成长,不仅是个子高了,懂的知识也多了。

在教室里面我们是他们的小老师,但是走出教室,我们是朋友。学生们在街上看到我们以后会跑过来和我们聊天,有时他们为了和我们玩甚至会跟着我们到我们住的地方。今年,我非常高兴能够带领新的一批小老师来学校。有了两年的经验以后,我学会了怎样和调皮捣蛋的小朋友们沟通,比如说躲在桌子底下的学生或者处理小朋友之间的矛盾,我知道第一年当小老师可能会手足无措,所以我觉得从这一方面,我也可以给新来的小老师介绍自己的经验。教学需要耐心和热情,但是当学生不听话时,也需要维持纪律。

去年,舞蹈组为学生们准备了一个舞蹈演出。这是一部非常有名的芭蕾舞剧”胡桃夹子”。我们用了几个月前募捐的钱购买了舞蹈所需要的服装和配饰。在我们告诉他们胡桃夹子的故事之后,学生们非常好奇并且问了很多问题。当服装到达时,学生们看了看服装以后并问我们,”这些都是给我们的吗?”我听完这个如此可爱的问题以后,我忍不住笑了。我明白了,我们不仅仅是来这里教课的,我们来到这里以后学会了努力之后会得到回报。更重要的是这个支教项目不仅仅是我们在教这些学生。学生们也教了我们很多。他们教会了我们做义工的意义,快乐是多么的简单容易,还有最重要的是,我们学会了成为一名合格的教师并没有想象中的那么容易。我现在更加的尊重我学校的老师,也明白了我们的老师其实是爱着我们所有人的,无论是很闹的学生还是很乖的学生,就像我和jessie也同样爱着我们班所有的小朋友。我非常感谢小大师和山西支教让我有机会成为小领队。我认为这个项目对我自己的成长非常重要,我也希望我可以带领这个项目继续发展,继续帮助我们的小老师和法成学校的小朋友们成长

已经整整一周的教学,但我却感觉我和我的学生一起只待了一天。第一天,我带着装满糖果和奖品的箱子走进教室,房间里的每一个学生都超级好奇,站起来探着头,想看清里面的东西。第一天非常出乎我意料,小朋友们不听我的指挥。每当另一个学生玩游戏的时候赢一分,他们就会四处闲逛,拒绝这个积分机制,并且大声喊叫”不公平!”第二天,我们成功的用糖果”贿赂”了他们,直接给糖果奖励,并且再次引起他们对学英语的积极性。虽然他们非常爱说话,所以上课还是要有一定的权威的,而且要让他们稍微信服于我们,这样他们也会乖乖的听话。比如说当Jessie和我开始叫他们一首”Cup Song”,我们先演唱了歌曲还有配的拿着杯子做的动作。我们做完之后,我们的孩子们疯狂地鼓掌,要求我们再做一次,并要求学这首歌和动作。通过这一首歌,我真的感受到了他们敬仰我们,而且渴望从我们这里学新的东西。

我们班上的小朋友我都非常喜欢,每一个都有自己的特点,但李承达可能是我班上最有趣但又最听话的学生之一。他声音非常大,喜欢转头和身后的同学开小差,但是当我走到他面前说出他的名字时,他立马就转身,坐直,假装拉上嘴唇。当然,他的沉默永远不会持续很长时间,但我认为他至少还是有要乖乖听话的这个想法。

芭蕾舞/体操教学目前只有4天,但小女孩儿们的表现都非常好。她们不仅劈叉可以更接近地面,而且几乎所有人都可以在我们稍微的辅助下站立着做后弯腰的动作(bridge),而且许多人甚至已经可以完全自己做。舞蹈课的孩子都非常的乖巧可爱,我甚至想如果我每一节课就光教她们,那该多容易啊。但后来我意识到,其实班上那些调皮捣蛋的孩子会让一节无聊的课更有趣,也会让大家充满欢笑。今年已经只剩下30个小时教课了,这让我非常的感慨,我心里想到,一个星期后,我将会离开这个古朴,简单而又美丽的村庄,等待又一年漫长的时间才能再一次见到我的孩子们。我会无比的珍惜接下来的这一周的!


The first year I came I was extremely nervous to teach. I didn’t think I was going to be able to contain a whole classroom of kids, no matter how much I loved teaching. However, the moment I stepped into the room, all of the kids looked at with me with their utmost attention and eagerness, as well as curiosity and they made me feel comfortable enough to speak loudly to them.

This year is completely different. I have been looking forward to coming to Shanxi since we began planning for it, and to be honest, even before that. In November, I shipped a box back to Shanxi from Washington in order for the treats I put inside to arrive on Christmas, one of the holidays we’d learned the year before. When I came into the classroom the very first time, two days ago, they still remembered and asked me if I still had any of the candy I’d shipped them. I think I’m very lucky to able to teach the same class three years in a row and see how much they’ve grown in both height and knowledge. Although we’ve grown very close, we still keep a slight difference between status, as they respect us as we teach. Out of the classroom, things are completely different. The students like seeing us on the streets and running up and talking to us, and sometimes they even follow us to the house we’re staying at just to play with us. This year, I was extremely excited to lead the new volunteers who came with me. With three years of experience, I’ve seen almost everything the students do, from hiding under the table to seeing small fights between best friends, and I know others may not know how to deal with it, which is why I decided to become a lead. Teaching here calls for patience and eagerness, but it also calls for discipline when the students do not listen. I was sure that I could make this year the best year the students could have by helping the new volunteers.

Last year, the dance group prepared a dance for the students. It’s a very famous piece of ballet called “The Nutcracker”. We used the money we had fundraised months before to buy all the dresses and accessories the dance called for. The students seemed very intrigued and asked many questions after we told them about the story. When the costumes arrived, the students took one look and collectively gasped. The first thing they asked was, “are these all for us?” I found that question so innocent that I couldn’t help but smile. I now understand that we don’t come here solely to teach, we also come here to see that our hard work definitely pays off. Like I’d expressed before, this program is not just us, the volunteers teaching these students. The students teach us so much as well. They taught me what it means to be a hard worker, what it means to have fun, and most importantly, what it means to be a teacher. I definitely appreciate my teachers a lot more, but I think I know now that our teachers love us all, and love us the same, no matter how loud or quiet we are.  I am deeply thankful for LMC and SESP giving me a chance to be the lead this year. I think this program is very important to us volunteers, and I hope that we can help the students at the FaCheng School grow and flourish in the future.

It’s been a full week of teaching already, but it feels like I’ve only been with my students for a day. The first day I walked into the classroom with bags full of candy and prizes, every single student in the room expressed their awe and stood up to try to see them better. My kids surprisingly would not listen on the first day. They goofed around, refused to earn points, and cried “not fair!” every time another student earned a point. The second day, we used bribery, yelling, and giving out candy to arouse their curiosity for English again. Although they are incredibly loud and smart mouthed, when you are able to get them to look up to you, they will do anything to try to please you. When Jessie and I started teaching the cup song, we sang to the movements we did with the cup. Right after we finished, our kids started clapping crazily, asking us to do it again, and asking to learn it. It was then that I truly felt their eagerness to pick up information from us.

Not to pick favorites, but 李承达 is probably one of the funniest yet most obedient students of my class. He’s very loud, and loves turning around to talk, but the minute I walk up to him and say his name, he turns around, sits up straight, and pretends to zip up his lips. Of course his silence never lasts very long, but I do think it’s the thought that counts.

It has been only 4 days of teaching ballet/gymnastics, but the girls have improved immensely. Not only are they closer to touching the ground, almost all of them can back bend into bridge with minimal help, and many have even learned to do so by themselves. The dance kids are so sweet and genuine that at times I find myself wishing that they were my actual class, but then I realize it’s the loud jokesters that make a boring class interesting, and a quiet work-time full of laughs. I am overwhelmed with the fact that I only have 30 hours of teaching left this year, and it breaks my heart to think that in exactly one week, I will be leaving this quaint simple yet beautifully quaint village, and waiting yet another year for just a glimpse at my children.