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The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: English Teaching or Less Demanded Fields?
« Last post by never2late on July 19, 2024, 07:02:41 PM »
strikes me as an easy decision to make. Follow what you are good at, what you enjoy doing. Nice to have a fallback if you need it, but you won't get to do and be who you want by staying at your fallback position.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's Making Me Happy!
« Last post by never2late on July 19, 2024, 07:00:41 PM »
"...don't know whether I'm leaving or going home" -from a Dire Straits song. I've been singing it to myself for 20 years. I think you have, too.
The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's Making Me Happy!
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 19, 2024, 05:16:03 PM »
Guess I can count this as "mostly happy."

Getting packed up for a trip back to the USA.  Going to get to play with some dolphins in Florida and will also be visiting relatives in Arizona.

Have some other paperwork to do there, and am expecting massive jet lag.
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / Re: English Teaching or Less Demanded Fields?
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 17, 2024, 03:33:56 PM »
If you enjoy teaching other subjects more, then getting credentialled in those is a good idea.  Don't forget, there are International Schools in China that need good teachers.
The Bar (ON-TOPIC) / English Teaching or Less Demanded Fields?
« Last post by Ivyman on July 14, 2024, 11:13:59 PM »
Hi Everyone,

If you are up to it, I wanted to have some discussion about fields to go into.

1. In my case, I got into English teaching because of demand versus supply.

Outside of a Western country, it seems like anyone willing to teach English can get a job.

Sometimes, as we have seen, pay and living conditions are as meager as they can get. At other extremes, like Saudi Aramco, housing can be sweet and pay can be $10K a month (tax-free).

2. Rather, the key debate seems to be:

a. Teach English, where there is always demand for someone. Alas, there is no real upward trajectory.
b. Try a subject field

3. In my own life, I am a very mediocre English teacher. Honestly, I give myself a C-, at best.

I have failed so many students in teaching and tutoring, no matter how much I love them.

4. However, there is some hope in my education and training:

a. When I have tutored students in history, social sciences, etc. they always seem quite satisfied.
b. Just this last May, I suddenly tutored some students for AP World History. After only a few sessions, one got a 4 and another got a 5. To be clear, this has very little to do with me and so much to do with their superb intelligence and work ethic. But, it proves I can get results with history, etc.

Other past examples include a sixteen-year-old student of mine getting a 5 on AP Geography, despite me not having any teaching experience. The list goes on and on with tutoring, and some classroom teaching.

c. With counseling, I seem to have done better. In my entire career, I have worked deeply with 200 students. 100 from other countries; 100 are from China. I can honestly say that I have gotten 100% of them to their top-choice schools.

I know Chinese love results, and want to hear "I want 100% guarantee I can get my kid into Harvard." But, even my mentors, who have been counseling 10,000+ students for 30+ years, can only get to 95 or 98% success.

5. Anybody want to give advice?

6. Right now, I am trying to take this school year to work less, but focus on:

a. Finishing a Moreland Teaching credential (to become a real state-licensed history teacher)
b. Finish a counseling degree (to become a state licensed counselor_
c. Apply for IECA membership (to be an independent consultant)

It sounds like ESL is a great fallback, but it does not give me the joy that history, social studies, and counseling does. Hence, stick with the latter, simply because I am more energized.
And the video is out. Strangly, my Chinese lines have me speaking in my ordinary voice.  I was wearing a microphone some of the time while saying the lines to myself, so I'm thinking they dubbed my "Imperial" voice with my normal voice.

And the video is GREAT!  Sadly, I've got zero clue how to share a WeChat channel video in any way other than WeChat.  Happily, they took some of what I said (in English) and put that as a voiceover of a video of me sitting and chatting with a couple of guys from the village.  At the time, I thought they were just taking photos of us sitting there, so was saying silly things like "Wo ming bai ting bu dong!" to one of them. ahahahahah

Now I just need to recover a bit more.  Then I can edit what I already have written and start working on the new chapters.
 agagagagag  bjbjbjbjbj agagagagag  bfbfbfbfbf

bartender, get this man a round. Put it on my tab. He's earned it.
I forgot to mention something that happened on Wednesday morning.  My wife was out, but notified me that there was a short boat on display for at the back of the pond and one (or possibly both) of the village schools were bringing children to look at it.  This could be a good chance for photos about teaching the next generation about Dragon Boats as well as to resolve a nagging thought - just how long is a dragon boat?  I'd recently acquired a 50 meter tape measure just for this purpose.  I passed a group of children on my way to the boat, but had it mostly to myself for a few minutes.  Nose to tail was easy, since the tail was perfect for attaching one end of the tape measure to.  A passing mom dropped her child right in the middle of the boat, so I had to wait a bit to measure the beam (max width) and height from gunwale to keel at that point.  The waterline varies widely based on how heavily the boat is loaded, so I didn't bother to try to estimate it.

On Friday evening the wear and tear of paddling was catching up to me a bit, so I skipped the official dinner afterwards and had a quick bite to eat at home.

Despite wanting more sleep, I got up at 9 am on Saturday, went down to the pond despite the modest rain, and brought my tape measure.  The raceboats are slightly newer.  I'd noticed that they seemed sligtly longer than the older longboats (they get parked parallel, but almost always are offset).  My plan was to send someone with superior balance to myself to hold the end of the tape on the tail (my village's longboats lack the decorative tale of the short boats - which may explain something) so my wife could get a pic of me holding the tape measure to each dragon's nose.  There was a small group patching leaks and doing other maintentenance.  One of them quickly helped by grapping the end of the tape measure and running straight to the nose.  Damn those boat tails were long and narrow.

Since there was a difference of about a meter between the 2 long boats, I decided to measure the 2 shortboats parked nearby.  This time I managed to get into the boat first and moved forward before handing the end of the tape to someone more agile than I am.  Both boats were slightly different to each other and the one I'd measured Friday.

Want to see diagrams and exact measurements?  Wait until I get the book written.  ahahahahah

Saturday's practice was delayed due to rain (only the second time that's happened this year).  When we finally all got in the boats, the first large boat got deployed.  I was in the second.  We had just cast off and were getting lined up to head out when there was a flash in the sky.  2 minutes later, we were being pounded by more rain and

Yesterday was "Rewarding the Boats" and the race.  The race was so unofficial that it wasn't even timed and there was even a plan to stick me in a raceboat.  Sadly, there were more people who really wanted those seats, so I ended up in the second boat which parked itself near the finish line.

One nice thing is that we got tied up to one of the viewing platforms, and the rope from the stern end was only 2 seats ahead of me.  People were climbing out and back in.  I climbed out and watched most of the race standing and leaning on the railing before climbing back in for the closing ceremony.

After 9 days of sitting on a wooden seat, my own stern end was a bit sore.  ahahahahah  I also racked up a fine assortment of minor bruises along the way and also managed to strain my back.  Sunday morning had more sun than the whole previous week, so I also got sunburned.  Now I've got a year to recover from all of this before jumping back into the boats. agagagagag

The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on June 17, 2024, 03:09:24 PM »
Just like with finance, indicator after indicator shows that China has moved WAY up the ladder in scientific research (quantity AND quality.

Here's an article from The Economist declaring China to be a scientific superpower.

"From plant biology to superconductor physics the country is at the cutting edge"

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A couple of nights ago, a different woman from the culture bureau was at the after-practice dinner.  She and her video guys got footage from the kitchen, did closeups of lifting something from each dish with chopsticks, and asked a few people questions.  I also got questioned, gave an answer, and got suggestions for a better answers.  I mostly gave that answer while ad-libbing a bit more.  I thought they'd cut it, but the video came out in WeChat videos last night just after dinner and it's all there.  I'm told the video with the longer interview will most likely come out sometime on Sunday.
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