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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!
- Mark Twain
- Maya Angelou
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Valentine's Day, Dissertation, and a Great deal
Lot going on the last couple of days, so I haven't been able to really write. Jamie and I both finished Chapter 1 of our dissertation. It is only a rough draft, but it is an accomplishment for us. We are on our way to completion and both are at least on the tracks even though the track is miles and miles long.
On Valentine's Day, we have a technology staff development. Jamie presented in a break out session a tutorial on the use of a Smartboard in secondary classes, and I assisted in one of the sessions. Afterwards, we both worked on our dissertations, but went out to a nice little restaurant here in town called Ricocco's for our Valentine dinner. It was great food!
This week, the students are taking the ITBS standardized assessment. Many school systems in the states use this test and QSI also uses it as a measure of student knowledge on basic skills. It is somewhat unfair for some of our students as some questions specifically mention things in the US. They still do quite well the cultural bias.
We are very excited about my parents and niece coming back with us to travel around China next summer. We booked their plane tickets and received an AMAZING deal on them. Saved about $500 per ticket.
Here is another video. Gary and Kathy walking on the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu section around tower 15. I have figured out the whole video process, so I can start providing more of those. We aren't going anywhere until March 13 when we'll make another trip to Macau for the weekend. We'll then travel to Bali, Indonesia for our spring break at the end of April. Tons of pictures and videos to follow for that.
All for now. Hope all is well. Someone drop me a comment and let me know if these videos are showing ok back home. They are a little slow to load here, but the Internet isn't as fast. Enjoy!