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May 3, 2016 - Springing into action!

Couldn't pass up the pun... But it's true. It's spring and we are getting ready to hit the road again...and we are excited to GO! IF....we can get the car out of the shop. First it was the road check up which replaced some engine mounts and adjusted the valves. The it was the battery.....and the starter. Now it's the catalytic converter and the oxygen sensor. Very grateful it all happened here and not on the road in some remote, dreary location. And we have a wonderful mechanic who has dropped everything and is making sure we can get out of...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Fall color

Greetings to our fellow travelers! Tomorrow (early) we head off for another adventure. We have about two months, some general ideas, and a great desire to GO! At this point, the general idea is to head up to Bishop on hwy 395 and then spend some time around June Lake, Convict Lake, Bridgeport and whatever else we can find of interest. Then we will work our way up to Susanville, Alturas and Bend, Oregon. At that point (whenever that is) we will then either continue north into Washington, or turn West and to the coast and work our way down to...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Best Laid Plans...

Plans are made to be changed... We had originally planned to spend about a week going up to our house in Brookings, OR. Our friend, Patricia, was going to join us in Cloverdale for a few days and then caravan with us up to the house. However, that idea is postponed until our return trip in July. So we will head straight up...still being a bit leisurely, probably three days. After staying a few weeks in Brookings, we plan (there is that word again) to head out in a loop around Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. That part isn't planned yet, but...

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Sep 27, 2013 - 25th day in UCI

We visited University High School which gave me a very deep impression in other ways. The teachers work from seven thirty to two thirty, which was totally different from our China’s teacher.The most surprising thing is that there are more two thousand students ,but only about ninety teachers in the school, how surprising! What an American educational system! What effectiveness they have!

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Sep 26, 2013 - 24th day in UCI

We had oral presentation today, too. Everybody had good stories, Anne spoke highly of our work, we all felt very pleased because all of us were very serious about the presentation, and prepared it well though we didn’t have much time. We tried our best. In the afternoon, we had trouble in finding our classroom, it’s a little farther from the one which we had class in yesterday. We felt so tired that Safineh got a little angry with us.Maybe she was kidding. But she made some jokes , said something really funny, made us laugh and laugh,and...

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Sep 25, 2013 - 23rd day in UCI

We visited HOME GARDENS ACADEMY this morning,it is a year-round school,it is a public school of grades K-6. It gave me a very deep impression on its the teaching idea and teaching atmosphere.HOME GARDENS ACADEMY is a prestigious school in the district. Their goal is all of the children are prepared and ready for college.No excuses! We can feel the atmosphere at the moment we came into the school.We went to language class, science class, technology class.The students ,principle and teachers have very good relationship. I think they all are...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Home Garden ACademy

Today, we went to Home Garden Academy for a school visit. This was the first school visit in USA,but i still could see the great differences between American schools and Chinese schools. When we got to the school gate, it was so quiet that we tended to lower our voice and footsteps. I wondered why it was so quiet in a school, because in China, the loud reading of students, the playing, the screaming and the laughing could be heard far from the school. When we went into the school, the decoration of the wall was students' work, schools'...

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Hello!California!

Sep 25, 2013 - Debrief after the school visit

Yesterday afternoon, we went back to UCI to have a debrief about the school visit and through the talk with Safineh, i knew something more than i saw. Home Garden Academy is a public school for poor children and most of them are Mexicans, speaking Spanish. At first, i did not notice that the houses around the school were so old and small, so I was very surprised to know that in such a small house, there were maybe 2 or 3 families live together in that 2-bedroom house. But the most astonishing thing was that the free lunch at the school...

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Hello!California!

Sep 24, 2013 - listening teaching

Listening plays an important role in foreign language teaching. According to my experience, listening comprehension is the most difficult part of English learning at first,but it will become much easier if teachers keep speaking in English in class and teach students some listening skills. As a foreign language beginner, students nearly could not understand anything if the teacher keep talking in English in class, but it will not be the case if the teacher can give students some visual aids, such as pictures, realia, or mime, do gestures,...

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Hello!California!

Sep 24, 2013 - 22nd day in UCI

This morning , eight teachers did the presentation , and I was No 2, I felt a little nervous, but I liked mine though I could not speak very fluently because we didn’t have enough time to practice. I just did it last night , created a story , then made a PPT, no practice time , if I have more time ,I believe I can do better. In the afternoon , we’ve learned some more skills in teaching listening, Safineh gave us some suggestions which is really important in our teaching , but we ignored it,it was helpful. These days ,what I need most here...

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Sep 23, 2013 - 21th day in UCI

Today is another and tiring day, because we changed our schedule for the presentation. The original date is September 26, but it moved up to tomorrow.The worst thing is that I haven’t prepared for it and I am the No 2 to do the presentation . So what I can do is to make best use of every moment.Tonight is another stay- up -late night. Monica asked us to write a paragraph about the strangest dream I’ve ever had. I had many strange dreams in my life. The strangest one may be the one I dreamed of my grandfather when I was a young girl. I was...

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Sep 22, 2013 - 20th day in UCI

We went to LA yesterday in a friend's car. He took us to visit LA,took us shopping , and to barbecue , it's a very interesting trip. It is really like China, because nearly every shop has its Chinese name. And we talked to some other friends ,and know something about the immigrants .

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