Author: Emily Milne

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Things I learned after meeting our global president.

All the schools were in action this past week preparing for a very special man, Jacob Toren, our EF kids and teens global president was coming to visit. He was visiting our schools in Chengdu and all the higher ups were on edge and dashing around all the centres making sure everything was above par.…
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Tips to help you keep calm in the class room.

If you teach small stars or high flyers sometimes the kids can be loud or hyper. It can be like this at the start of the class or after a game you played. It can be one kid or the whole class. Sometimes you want to shout at them but you know you can’t. You…
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Living miles away from everything you know!

So you’ve moved to Chengdu, you’ve started a new job, you’ve met great people and you’re having a ball. But all of a sudden things aren’t as rosy as they once were. You realise that you’re thousands of miles away from everything and everyone you know and love. How do you cope? You might be…
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Summer Course survival guide!

Summer course: lots of kids, lots of classes and tonnes of coffee. 8 weeks of full teaching days with only 1 day off. You think it’s impossible… nah just a bit hard and funny and glorious and crazy. Your school will be filled with lots more kids from 10am and even more teaching assistants. It…
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Parent Teacher Meetings

I I had my first Parent teacher meeting (PTM) yesterday and I was scared. I was scared of telling the parents something they didn’t want to hear about their child. I have never been on the teacher side of the desk before, my experience of PTM’s were in Primary and secondary school where my mum…
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My First Demo

So your DOS tells you that you’re ready to start doing small star demos, brilliant! So excited! You observe a lot of your colleagues doing demos on a daily basis so why not you? You watch a few and write up a lesson plan, you sit down with your DOS to explain what you’re going…
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Learning Mandarin

You’re moving to China? Fantastic! Now get those language books out! Learning any type of anything new is tricky. At any age. Do you remember that first piano lesson or the first time you were told the rules to football (soccer) or 21’s (pontoon/ blackjack)? Remember that feeling that you weren’t getting anywhere, all you…
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Summer is coming…

Forget that Game of Thrones is going to experience the worst winter in the characters memory, here in Chengdu we are in summer. And it’s hella’ hot! Now if you’re from the north of Scotland like me you might not be equipped for the heat. Considering we reach the glorious temperatures of 20 degrees and…
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5 Myths I got told about China

Coming from a western country it’s not hard to see the differences that China has. The toilets being the biggest one for women (maybe men too but I’m not sure). As a foreigner it’s hard to ignore some of these differences and I often find myself on Skype or Wechat to my family back home…
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Dealing with your First SSBlue class

Okay so i’m almost 2 months into teaching and I’m pretty confident about walking into a new SS class. I have a few and I feel like i’m getting on really well with the kids and that they like me. So when my DOS said, you have a new SSBlue on Monday, I thought ‘Fantastic!…
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