Happy Year of the Rat!
There is something incredible about being a world language/dual language immersion teacher. Each day, we go to school and are able to open the door to the "unknown" by integrating language, interaction, song and authentic resources into lessons and through the relationships we build with students. One thing I particularly love about this district is how many teachers we have from around the world. These teachers travel from far and wide, often leaving loved ones behind in their home countries, in order to build relationships with colleagues and students in a culture that may be much different from their own. In doing so, the individuals who interact with these international teachers are able to grow in their understanding of the vast world we live in. In this Voices From the Field post, we are not only going to celebrate the Chinese New Year but also celebrate our Mandarin teachers and how they were able to bring the Chinese New Year and global awareness not only to their students, but to the community as well.
At Meadow Glen Elementary, teachers collaborated to provide students with ChinaSprout's Online book fair and worked with local restaurants to donate food for a Chinese Family Dinner Night, with Panda Express coming to speak with students.
The Grand Finale consisted of two events for the community full of lion dancing, KungFu and student performances. Many teachers even suited up by performing musical, dance, or theatrical performances (with White Knoll High School's Ms. Hui creating live art and Meadow Glen Elementary's Rongzhi Li playing a traditional Chinese instrument) proving that not only are our teachers awesome in the classroom, but they are talented artists as well!
Meet the Mandarin Experts
Thank you to all of our Mandarin teachers for starting 2020 off strong with global awareness and cultural experiences!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)