Sunday, May 08, 2005

Little games my students enjoy playing

Your Birthdate: January 13

Being born on the 13th day of the month should help make you a better manager and organizer, but it may also give you a tendency to dominate people a bit.

You may be more responsible and self-disciplined than you realize.

Sincere and honest, you are a serious, hard working individual.

Your feeling are likely to seem somewhat repressed at times.

You are apt to be much more practical, rational, and conscious of details.

Your intolerance and insistence on complete accuracy can be irritating to some.

I found this game on Jenny's (my student) online diary. What you need to do is to type in your birthday and it will generate the personalities that you may have. From time to time, my students will introduce this kind of game to their classmates and friends. I once saw one which required you to type in your name and then it would help you generate a Japanese name.

Over 99.9999% of my students are using xanga. When you see one student publishing the game on his or her diary, within one day, nearly the whole class will follow suit. Sometimes I really hope they can be this fast in learning and doing homework. If possible, I also hope that they will not just spread games like these on the Internet. Perhaps they can post some useful sites for learning English and other subjects. The sad truth is I never see such things happen.

Let's come back to the above analysis. Nearly all the descriptions are wrong. I am not an organized person, though I am a bit dominating. But I am only able to dominate my husband (luckily, he won't be able to read this confession as he doesn't like reading my blog. Why? Simply because he hates reading English!) I admit that I am sincere and honest, that's why I am going to tell you I am not really very hardworking. My husband can prove that I am an emotional and impractical person. I hate paying attention to details and I need to beg others' tolerance on the careless mistakes I made. How much truth is left in the analysis then?

Friday, May 06, 2005

The best Mother's Day gift

I am not a mother but I have 29 sons and daughters this year. The number of my sons and daughters will continue to increase as time goes by. On my birthday and Mother's Day, these babies will give me a lot of surprises. Today, they gave me a bunch of flowers, sang a song and posted some sweet words on the board.

What they did really warms my heart. Being a teacher, I sometimes feel frustrated and depressed. However, it's also my students that make me stay in this field. My dear sons and daughters, I really appreciate what you all did to me today. Thank you very much!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

You Blog; I Blog

In these days, guess what is the most heated topic among bloggers? Right! BLOG!!!

I am new to writing blog but as I browse other bloggers' blogs, I could learn a lot about it. Here, I don't want to repeat other people's views (actually I don't want to infringe intellectual property rights), if you want to know more about blog, you may read Jacky's Blog, Just a sidekick, The Dukedom of Aberdeen and The Dustless Workshop. I am sure you can get a lot of ideas from these bloggers.

To me, 'blog' is a term of a very wide sense. I think it's more like a magazine on the Internet. And this magazine can be published by a single person or a group of people (I do find some blogs written by a group of people). The person who writes the blog decides the content of the blog. Thus, whether a blog is interesting or not depends greatly on the content provider.

Some people may create a blog for self-fulfillment. The blog is a place for these people to accomplish their dream of being a writer. You can find people writing a series of stories and novels. Blog becomes a platform for these people to publish their masterpiece.

Some blogs serve as commentaries. Bloggers of these blogs act as columnists. They will voice their opinions over some social issues or unfairness in life.

Some blogs are very educational too, like mine. They have a goal to achieve, like helping students to learn English. Other examples of this type of blogs are company blogs. They mainly inform their clients or public about their products and news.

Some may use the blog as a sketchbook. Whatever comes to their mind, they just sketch it down and share with all Internet users.

There are some more, like blogs about film reviews, book reviews, common interests, etc. Some simply are diaries. Some are a mixture of all the above.

Why do people like blogging then? A blog is very interactive. Readers can leave comments to you and they may even become your blog's faithful readers. It's also an excellent place for intellectual exchange as it serves as an interface between you and other bloggers. You may make a lot of friends too.

Now I blog, when will you blog? Use your imagination, creativity and intellect to create your own blog!!!