From Jamie's Philippines Pics

We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

Thanks for checking us out!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Interview with a Vampire

Ok, it wasn't a vampire, but Jamie and I had our interview with the Chinese local authorities today for our work visas. It was not nearly as intimidating as I thought. We were told that they might ask us some crazy questions and possibly try and trick us concerning our resume and application. This was not the case. The lady here in the picture was supposed to be the "tough" one. She reviewed my application and asked me about 4 questions concerning: Why I want to be a teacher? Why I want to be a teacher in China? What was my major? and What subjects do you teach? Jamie was questioned in a similar manner, but he did question her about her sororiety affiliation. That was it! It was strange because all 17 of us were sitting in a rather nice room around a large conference table with them asking us questions at each end.

The rest of our day was spent in morning meetings and getting our room prepared for school. Jamie's room was changed today and she is now directly across the room from me. Now she'll be able to hear my kids singing Rocky Top across the hall. Jamie did receive a SmartBoard in her room. For those unfamiliar with SmartBoard, join the club, as most schools cannot afford to have them. Sonoraville High School had several of them and our school is trying to encourage teachers to use them. I would have loved one although I do not know how to use it. Can't be that hard.

I'm hoping to get an LCD projector in my room so I can continue to use PowerPoints for my notes and classroom activities. If not, I'll resort to what I did my first 2 years of teaching with the overhead projector (seems so archaic now).

Our visas should be processed and ready to go by next Thursday, so we'll be able to travel outside the country. Our first stop will be Hong Kong probably for a Saturday getaway.

Don't forget to leave comments in the comment section. I have to review these, so don't worry if yours doesn't show up for about 12 hours. I guess I don't have to review them, but I will for a while since I have only received about 4.

I'm playing with the gadgets on the right side. Google has opened up a lot more gadgets for blogspot, but only about half of them actually work.

Have a great day. Keep sharing our blog with those you know who know us.
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Anonymous said...

If you've never seen how a SmartBoard might be used (as I haven't), there are some excellent demos of the SmartBoard on YouTube. Search for these videos; "Teaching Physics with a SmartBoard" and "SmartBoards in Action"

-David Brown

Anonymous said...

Or if you are like me and have a Smartboard, but the technology gurus will not hook it up!

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