Top Ten Things I Love About Teaching Middle School in Qingdao
10. View from my classroom: ocean. View from my office: mountains.
9. Taking Chinese lessons (this isn't a middle school thing, but I do still love it!)
8. The students can understand what I'm saying the first go around. I don't have to repeat myself very often.
7. I get to use powerpoints on a daily basis. While this is also a LOT more work, I just enjoy having a tool that helps keep me on track and not running down every single rabbit trail I see.
6. The students are super well behaved. It's just great to see how respectful and hard-working they are while still keeping the fun of being in middle school. It's cool how balanced most of them are.
5. Working with the middle school teachers. They're really great and so dedicated to what they are doing. It's very inspiring to see.
4. My principal. He's awesome and so encouraging. Also, he's Australian so I'm enjoying learning about that culture a bit more.
3. Block periods! I love having so much uninterrupted time to teach and work together.
2. Middle school students laugh when I make a joke. Not sure what this says about my sense of humor.
1. The kids are at an incredibly awesome and slightly awkward stage in life which makes them a lot of fun to be around.