Friday, March 23, 2012

Skyping with Mrs. V!

Today our 2nd grade Rocketeers had a very special call with their 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Velichkovski. She is now living and teaching in Belgrade, Serbia at an international school. We talked about how much we miss her and asked her questions about her school in Serbia. Here is what we learned from our call:
  • Serbia is in Europe. 
  • The time in Serbia is 6 hours ahead of us. When we talked to her, it was morning here and afternoon there. 
  • They have a lot of snow. Mrs. V. told us that they had several snow storms this winter. It was also one of the coldest winters in a long time. 
  • Their school was a house, but now they turned it into a school!  
  • They have about 35 students in the whole school. Each class has about 5 or 6 students. Their whole school is about the size of one of our classes at our school! 
  • Their school has students from different countries. They learn English at school and speak different languages at home.  
We had a great time meeting Mrs. Velichkovski's students and talking to her. We miss her very much! Here are some questions that we didn't get a chance to ask. Would you and your students please reply to us? We would love to learn more about your school, students, and life in Serbia.
  1. I saw flowers and other things on the wall. Did you let your students draw those? (Max) 
  2. How many rooms do you have in your school? (Lisa) 
  3. How big is your classroom? (Micah)
  4. How did you learn about that school? (Jazlyn)
  5. Do you have famous artists in Serbia? (Alyssa)
  6. Do your students have relatives in other countries? (Alyssa)
  7. What are your students' families like? (Alyssa) 
  8. What are your students' favorite foods? (Lisa)
  9. What kind of games do your students like to play? (Lisa)
  10. Do you have a Spring Planting Day at your school? (Lisa)
  11. What kind of work do you do in your class? (Trey)
  12. When are you coming back to visit? (Trey) 

Have a look at some clips from our call below.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Virtual Career Interview with Mr. Christian Poon

This semester our 5th grade Rocketeers have been exploring and researching future career options. When we  discovered that one of our Rocketeers had a relative who is currently working in South Korea, we decided to compile some interview questions for him to learn more about his career. We hope you enjoy our interview with Mr. Christian Poon!

Here is what we learned from our interview: 
  • He grew up in Canada but his parents are from China. 
  • He studied in Niagra University in New York. 
  • He has a master's degree, which allows him to teach in most states in the United States and several provinces in Canada. 
  • He teaches English to teachers in South Korea.
  • He loves working with people. 
  • He teaches about 2-3 classes a day and gets new students each month. 
  • He realized he spoke too fast when he first started teaching English. 
  • He likes to be creative in his teaching and keep things interesting. 
We would like to thank Mr. Poon for taking the time to answer our questions. We not only learned about the ins and outs of his job but also took away some great advice about careers. A big kudos also goes out to Janiya, Jerykah, and Morgan for writing this post! They did a wonderful job in summarizing the key points of our interview.