Hua Shan Elementary School Front Gate
When I visited the school last week, I learned that I was going to be teaching with both English teachers at Hua Shan, Jia-Ling and Ashley. I mentioned a little bit about Ashley in an earlier post, so let me talk a little bit about my other co-teacher Jia-ling. Jia-Ling teaches the 4th & 6th graders English while Ashley teaches the 3rd & 5th graders. Jia-Ling studied Philosophy of Education in England and we were both so surprised to find out that we both studied philosophy. She has studied Judith Butler & Michel Foucault just like me! We were thinking of starting a Judith Butler Reading group =D. I never knew I would be able to discuss philosophy in Taiwan. What a great coincidence!
Lesson planning with Jia-Ling
Lesson planning with Ashley
I didn't teach today because I am leaving for Taipei this Thursday for a Fulbright Conference. At this conference, I will meet all the other Fulbrighters (researchers and other English Teaching Assistants). It's a 3-day conference so you may not hear from me for those three days. I only went to Hua Shan Elementary School one day of this week (today) because our coordinators felt we may have been exhausted from the orientation activities and bustling to and fro to visit schools last week. I officially start teaching my classes on Monday, September 8, 2008. I already met some of the kids today and it was great hearing them respond to my English questions. I will meet all of the children on Wednesday, September 10, even the ones I'm not teaching English.