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Challenges and
Successes: New Chinese
Teachers Speak
Frank Tang, Ph.D.
Robin Harvey
Project DCLT
New York University
Lumin Huang, New Rochelle Schools
Wang Xuan, Suffern Schools
Wu Ying, ECFS
Jianlan Zhao, NEST + M
NEW ROCHELLE SCHOOL DISTRICT
黄璐珉 Lumin Huang
PROGRAM
New Rochelle High School
Albert Leonard Middle School
PARENTS
A CASE STUDY
PARENTS
Keep Everything in Your Records
PARENTS
3 STEPS
talk to the students
call home
referral
TEACH IN 2 BUILDINGS
OBSERVATION
OBSERVATION
But it can also be a
CHANCE
The First Year Challenges in a
suburban school district
Xuan Wang
Suffern Senior High/Middle School
Ramapo Central School District
New York
关于我 About Me
SCHOOL OVERVIEW
学校概况
SUFFERN, ROCKLAND, NY
Suffern Senior High School
Suffern Middle School
挑战一:工作量
workload
• 每天四节课 four different preps everyday
• 一切从头做起 no pre-made materials
– PPT; class handouts; homework assignment; test; quiz; review sheets
• 初中教学理念:不用教科书 no textbook in the
middle school level
心得体会:为自己找一个节奏
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
• 同样的内容,不同的语言难度 same content,
different language level
挑战二:初中课堂管理
Managing Middle School Students
• 缺乏经验 lack experience dealing with this age group
• 建立老师的威严 Build teacher stature
• 对于课堂中突发情况的应变 Dealing with unexpected
behavior
心得体会
Thoughts
• 不和孩子闹脾气 do not express anger to the students
• 不为小事而影响心情 “人不知而不愠” do not
make a big deal out of small things “
• 及时和家长、学校管理层通气 communicating with
parents/school administrating immediately if there is any problem.
挑战三:人际交流
Fit-in
• 唯一的中文老师 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
• 美国日常生活文化,闲谈也有难度Small talk is
not “small”
心得体会
Thoughts
• 不管多忙,一定要和同事讲话 build relationship
with your colleagues
• 参加课外活动 Join your colleague for after-school activities
• 做一个好的聆听者be a good listener
• 敏而好学,多问问题 seek guidance from your colleague
谢谢!
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New York’s premier K-12 public
school for Gifted & Talented
students.
Jianlan Zhao
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
Ying Wu
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
[email protected]
学校背景

School Background
Ethical Culture Fieldston school:
 A progressive private school in the Bronx,
NY
 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
学校背景

School Background
A Chinese program established for 5 years
 4 Chinese teachers
 6th grade to 12th grade
 Middle
 Upper
School: Currently 5 classes; Mixed level
13-17 students/class
School: Currently 9 classes
Leveled classes
学校背景
School Background

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
 Preparing
Success
teaching
 Pace
of classes: compromise
between students and the teacher
 Preparing
lessons, creating lots of
materials to supplement textbooks
学校背景

School Background
田石学校:
 位于纽约布朗克斯的一所私立学校。

以学生为中心,重视来自各方面的反馈

所有学生都必须修满五年外语: 汉语, 西
班牙语,法语,拉丁语或希腊语
学校背景

School Background
中文项目已有五年:
 目前有四位中文教师
 六年级-十二年级
 初中:
 高中:
目前5个班级,各年级不按汉语水平分班
每个班不超过17个学生
目前9个班级,各年级按汉语水平分为普通
班,中班和快班
学校背景
School Background

通常需要与其他老师合用教室

每个教室都配有“聪明板”。若老师需
要在教室配置电脑,可与校技术部门联
系。

学校提供强有力的技术支持
挑战

困难
成功
提供反馈,听取及处理来自学生、家长
及同事的反馈
 例1:
 例2:
回应学生反馈
回应家长反馈
挑战
困难
成功
 准备教学
 上课节奏及进度:师生间的妥协
 备课:设计大量材料补充教材,弥
补教材不足

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