Michael in China

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"If you never teach no one will remember you. (From the Kongzi Jia Yu)".
 
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This is a selection of excellent primary sources for the First World War. Teachers can use this selection freely in conjunction with a variety of assignment types and assessments. I will also include a supplementary file with writing prompts and
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This is a great source for essay and exam review. Main themes and elements of the Great War are identified and outlined. There is also commentary on the Fourteen Points as well as essay writing prompts. This is a custom-made booklet for use in any
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This is a challenging group project for secondary students. Teachers should read the assignment carefully and set parameters for completing the work according to student need. Usually, this assignment takes no fewer than four weeks of class time. I
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This is a free selection of writing prompts and document based questions for use with the World War One Primary Sources selection on offer. Teachers can use as many or as few of these questions and ideas to help guide their students through the
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I left the US for China 15 years ago and have never looked back. I love my life in China! I came here to learn classical Chinese and found a wonderful job at an international school here. We cater to expatriate kids and teach the International Baccalaureate curriculum. I really enjoy my work and I am always grateful for the chance to live in this country and to learn from one of the most profound cultures in the world. I am also very proud to be a teacher and consider it to be one of the most honorable professions in the world.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I challenge students by appealing to their critical thinking skills. Over the years I have come to greatly appreciate the rich culture and disciplines that can be found in Asia and I have applied many of those ideas into my own teaching practice. I work hard to differentiate among my students while at the same time, provide a challenging environment that encourages independent thought and analysis. I thoroughly believe that all people should continue to learn throughout their lives. As a result, I never believe my lessons are "finished" nor are the courses I teach ever complete.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was awarded the top thesis award for my senior thesis at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia– but that was a long time ago! Since then I have won a few Chinese calligraphy contests but I suspect the judging was "rigged" so that a foreign face could be used to generate press.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I got my BA in History and then moved to China in 1997. I have lived here ever since and simply love it! The Chinese are amazing people and I am always challenged to learn new things about myself and my gracious host culture. I began working at an international school as a Chinese teacher in 2003 and since then I have earned an MAEd and moved on to head the Humanities department of my school.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My Chinese wife and I have one son, Isaiah. We really enjoy our life in Tianjin and take lots of short trips throughout China to explore this amazing country! I am also a student of ancient Chinese calligraphic writing and specialize in something called "xiao zhuan" or "small seal script." Its a very different form of calligraphy from what many people associate with the art. If anyone is interested, I would be happy to send along a short piece of brush writing in the mail!

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