Archive | August, 2012

Teacher’s Tales: 2 Lesson Plan Mistakes You Don’t Recognize Until Too Late

10 Aug

Ni hao!

When I first started teaching, I was so nervous! I had so many ‘what ifs’ running through my mind. What if the kids didn’t like me? What if my lesson plans completely flopped?

I eventually found my rhythm with teaching—but my learning curve had some memorable mistakes that make me cringe when I think of them! Here are two slip-ups that caught me by surprise. Continue reading

A Typhoon in Shanghai: Photos and Preparation Tips

8 Aug

China has been hit by three typhoons in the past week—but Hǎikuí is the first to put Shanghai on it’s highest storm alert. The storm has caused extreme flooding in the Phillipines, and 374,000 people were evacuated from Shanghai’s coast.

The storm gave Cecily a day off work, but we still had to (briefly) brave the storm—so I took the opportunity to document the effects of the 150 km winds and torrential rain. Continue reading

30 Photographs of Anji: Bamboo Groves from ‘Crouching Tiger’

7 Aug
by Ami Sanyal

A few weeks ago EF took it’s staff on an overnight trip to Anji. I rode along with Cecily and fell in love with the endless bamboo groves which served as the backdrop for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

We spent most of our time exploring the hilly forests—and fit in some rafting and a bit of partying as well. Here are 30 images from our trip, as well as our impression of Anji. Continue reading