Frank Tang, Ph.D.
New York University
Lumin Huang, New Rochelle Schools
Wang Xuan, Suffern Schools
Wu Ying, ECFS
Jianlan Zhao, NEST + M
New Rochelle High School Albert Leonard Middle School
A CASE STUDY
Keep Everything in Your Records
talk to the students call home referral
TEACH IN 2 BUILDINGS
But it can also be a
Suffern Senior High/Middle School
Ramapo Central School District
头做起 four different preps everyday no pre-made materials
– PPT; class handouts; homework assignment; test; quiz; review sheets
书 middle school level no textbook in the
Thoughts: Find your own beat
不求完美 don’t strive for perfection
备课要有重点 have emphasis in your lesson planning
备课要有规划 knows how to plan and arrange your time
样的内容，不同的语言难度 same content, different language level
Managing Middle School Students
经验 lack experience dealing with this age group
Build teacher stature
Dealing with unexpected behavior
闹脾气 do not express anger to the students
” do not make a big deal out of small things “
时和家长、学校管理层通气 communicating with parents/school administrating immediately if there is any problem.
师 being the only Chinese teacher
不属于初中也不属于高中 splitting schedule results in no time for interaction with collegues
Small talk is not “small”
讲话 with your colleagues
课外活动 build relationship
Join your colleague for after-school activities
做一个好的聆听者 be a good listener
问问题 seek guidance from your colleague
New York’s premier K-12 public school for Gifted & Talented students.
111 Columbia Street, New York, NY, 10027
During my first year of teaching, I worked 70 to 80-hour weeks, including time worked during the school day, in the evenings and over the weekend
1.To make PowerPoint
2. To create worksheet
(character books, HW, class work, etc.)
3. To contact parents
(HW, TESTS, QUIZZES, etc.)
4. To communicate with other teachers
5. To observe classes
6. To make Chinese FUN!
My biggest challenge was developing reasonable expectations, from behavior to work effort to quality of work. It took me months to get used to typical adolescent behavior
—their language, their humor, their sensitivity, their sometimes nonchalant attitude toward school work. And their mood swings!
Now I'm much more relaxed with my students, much more compassionate, and patient
I would advise new teachers to think very carefully about their expectations
—and that doesn't mean giving up on high expectations
—it just means working to understand the minds and the abilities of their students.
Challenges and Successes:
New Chinese Teachers Speak
Ethical Culture Fieldston School firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethical Culture Fieldston school:
A progressive private school in the Bronx,
A student centered, feedback rich environment
All students are required to take a foreign language course for five years: Chinese,
Spanish, French, Latin, and Greek
A Chinese program established for 5 years
4 Chinese teachers
6th grade to 12th grade
Middle School: Currently 5 classes; Mixed level
Upper School: Currently 9 classes
Classrooms are usually shared.
Each classroom has a Smartboard.
Computers can be set up in the classroom if teachers requested.
Strong tech support.
Challenges Struggles Success
Work with students, parents, and colleagues in a feedback rich environment
Case I: Handle student feedback on assessment.
Case II: Deal with parents complaints about grades.
Challenges Struggles Success
Pace of classes: compromise between students and the teacher
Preparing lessons, creating lots of materials to supplement textbooks
挑战 困难 成功