Great Neck Public Schools High Schools: Great Neck North High School Great Neck South High School Village School (Alternative school) Middle Schools: Great Neck North Middle School Great Neck South Middle School Elementary Schools: E. M. Baker Elementary School John F. Kennedy Elementary School Lakeville Elementary School Saddle Rock Elementary School Nursery School: Parkville School
When I got hired, I was told…. 7th & 8th Grade-----Traditional Chinese Textbook: Chinese Made Easy 《輕鬆學漢語》 6th Grade----Simplified Chinese Textbook: Learn Chinese With Me 《跟我学中文》
But the truth is…. 7th & 8th Grade: They are doing BOTH!!!
My Students Three grades---6,7&8 Five classes each day---6th x2, 7th x2, 8th x1 91 Students in total About 87% are native Mandarin or Chinese dialects speakers The other 13% are mainly with Jewish, Hindi, Korean, or Japanese backgrounds.
My Classroom Chinese Classroom Language Center
My Daily Routine Homeroom Advisory (1-2 times per month) Chinese teaching (5 periods) Bus Duty / Lunch Duty Paperwork Afterschool Activities
School Events Culture Heritage Week 1st week in February Food Festival/ Poster Contest /Performance Night Chinese Culture is a huge and important part of this traditional event at school. (Strong Chinese PTA)
Rhythms & Chants Robin & Pauline’s 《动感中文》（Rhythms and Tones: Inventive Chants and Songs for Learning Chinese ） 《名字歌》 for 6th Grade 《元宵节》 for 7th & 8th Grades 《月饼歌》 for 7th & 8th Grades
时装周 時裝周，看什麼？時裝周，我們看衣服！ 紅色的襯衫，橙色的短褲，黃色的皮鞋，衣服，好美！ 綠色的T恤，藍色的短裙，紫色的襪子，衣服，好潮！ 黑色的外套，白色的毛衣，灰色的長裙，衣服，好靚！Project: Kids need to design clothes for Fashion Week andcreate their own chants with the same pattern according to theirdesigning. Then they need to present their design and sing thechant. 7th ---for new unit of Colors and Clothing 8th ---for review
Writing Writing of Chinese characters is significant in learning Chinese. Communication with the Chinese teacher in high school ----the importance of tones ----the importance of radicals and stroke orders Use of white boards to practice in class Use of videos & animations Worksheets from archchinese.com
School Environment Beautiful Natural Environment Supportive Administrators Superintendent of the school district Assist Superintendent of secondary schools Principle Assist Principles Department Chair Nice and helpful colleagues & staff “Are you now feeling as you’ve been here forever?”
Obstacles Tech problems Large population with heritage speakers with small groups of non-heritage speakers (Open House parent’s questioning) Switch between two different writing systems Getting into the community (events, unions, activities, meetings…) But I have very nice colleagues!!! Driving
To Future & New Teachers... English is IMPORTANT!!! Be confident! Communicate with your administrators / colleagues / students / parents. If you need help, ask for it! Be organized! Always have plan B! LOVE for the job. Be healthy!!!