Posts Tagged ‘Teaching’

We’re in front of a classroom of 10 year olds singing Three Blind Mice off key in English. The kids giggle at the strange sounds and respond by singing a song in Chinese, also off key.  It doesn’t matter. We’re all having such a good time!

I am at a small village school near Yangshuo, China, giving an English lesson. A notice posted in our hotel invited travelers in the area to go to the village school to teach English while visiting in Yangshuo. Jane and I decided this would be fun. The school is a half hour walk from the hotel and one of the employees offered to take us on her day off. We wandered through villages and farms, arrived at the school, met the principal, and now we are in the classroom. The children’s workbooks are on their desks and they proudly and loudly recite their English lesson. Not very content with the rote nature of the lesson, Jane and I break into charades, songs, and little games –an obvious departure from the way their lessons are usually taught. They love it! Here I am teaching and here is Jane making friends with her students. (more…)

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I have always loved dogs. Even though he bit me when I tried to remove chewing gum from his mouth, I still loved my first dog, Slim. Chico, a mixed breed from  the pound used to sit on my bed and sing “Cross over the Bridge” which in retrospect was probably quite a bit of annoying howling. At age eight I didn’t think so at all. After a long career in education that included teaching, administration and consulting, I retired (almost) and I finally get to spend time with my dog again. This time my best friend’s name is Tali…short for Natalia, then Talia and finally when she did not respond to either of those, Tali.

We work together, Tali and I, doing what is called Pet Therapy. We are a team, certified by The Delta Society, a national organization that sponsors and insures pet partners throughout the country. We passed a rather rigorous exam  and work hard to get recertified every two years. We work in libraries in The Doggie Tales program where I get to listen to young children read. Tali listens too, placing her head on a child’s lap and provides two large non-judgmental ears. We are also involved in a program for seventh- grade “struggling” readers. Tali doesn’t know this and she treats these boys and girls with the same respect as the superstars who are not in the “bluebird” group. We visit hospitals where I get to meet some very interesting folks and Tali provides the tactile therapy that calms these often anxious patients. (more…)

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Retirement is wonderful!  I highly recommend it as it opens new vistas to life.
My career was in education  – first a reading teacher at public and private schools, and then an educator of soon-to-be reading teachers at both Arcadia and Widener Universities.  When my husband (who also did the same thing as me) retired full-time, I decided that my time had come.  I wanted to do something totally unrelated to education.  An acquaintance told me that she was a volunteer at Fox Chase Cancer Center, so I filled out the paperwork and had an interview. (more…)

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