‘The doctor dances’. That’s the title of a Doctor Who story, but it fits here too. Our film, ‘A day in the life of a foreign teacher’, is pretty much ready to go. It just needs an ending. That’s where the title of this post comes in. There is a video on YouTube about a guy who travels around the world dancing. Using that as our inspiration, we are doing some dancing in classes and then splicing it all together and voilà – the doctor dances! Not that I can dance, I can’t, but if I can’t make a fool of myself now, when can I, haha.
I asked the president of the school’s students’ union if she could help me. She is a Senior 2 student – I haven’t taught her before but I know her quite well. She got her whole class involved. This is a class full of students who plan on studying abroad at university. I know about half the students in the class, which helped. I turned up yesterday afternoon and they all performed really well. They were really great – they even planned specific dance moves to do. It was nice just being there and seeing them again. I miss teaching them, even though I see them around school often. If I choose to move on next year, they are the ones I will miss the most, I think. They’re a great bunch of kids.
Speaking of, things are progressing here. There is an interesting job at a university which I have an interview for next week. This job would require me to work at a university outside central Beijing – but live on a campus near here. There is a free shuttle between the two, and a hotel room at the other campus where I could stay if I’m teaching there. The position is only for two days teaching so it would potentially give about four days available to do whatever else I wanted. There is also an opportunity to take some Chinese classes with international students too, though that is only for one semester. However, I may be able to do more, I’d have to see what was available. Leaving this place will be difficult, especially because of the students and relationships I’ve made with them and with the staff, but change can be good and perhaps it’s time to move on. I haven’t got the job yet though, so I don’t want to tempt fate….