Sun dog means stay warm

We have a beautiful sun dog today: a rainbow circle around the sun.
It means Minnesota is heading toward sub-zero temperatures. Stay warm, dress appropriately.

孔院会议 “催化剂” - Reconnect Growth Catalyst


I hope your week has been well since returning from the weekend conference. 很高兴你们都能参加,也能互相鼓励,多了解你们在学校教课的情况与经历。Conference and Retreat


  1. 小组沟通方式很重要,每个人也是都做得不一样。(像过墙的活动)
  2. 每个人都有挣扎,但是说出来就能收到彼此的鼓励。(夸活动,狼人杀)
  3. “大家一起比一个人单独走得更远” (Tight wire walking activity,用棍子)


What are your reflections from the weekend? Any additional insights you found in discussion, change you intend to make in returning to your student teaching work in classes?

I hope to see some reflection of the experience in your next blogs, 包括一点写英文的部分。你们可以的,一步一步,加油(胡林)!




Weekly Summary Template: Sep. 13 Creative Inspire


好像你们大部分老师这周开始了自己教课, 太棒了!期待听你们的经历。

I like to share inspiring quotes often, maybe will spark something of your experience or in relation to your students:

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous” – Bill Meyers

“Your presence is a gift to the world. You’re unique and one of a kind.” – 匿名,Anonymous

Do you have a favorite quote or thought you’d like to share, from your experience this week?

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Other questions/reflection prompts you may consider for a “Weekly Summary”:

The most fascinating thing I learned this week was……

The best interaction I had with a student was when…..

The thing that I have been most curious about lately is…..

What gives me hope and peace when things get busy or stressful is….

Hope these help guide reflection and future conversations, together or with those in your community.

Keep being wonderful and letting creativity shine 🙂



Week of September 04: 生活中最紧张时,Carry Forward 你的心故事


Happy Wednesday evening to all, hope this finds you well.

3 Recent Joyful Moments

我要首先分享一下“生活通知” (life update). 我上个周末过得特别开心,第一是因为能参加好朋友的婚礼。婚礼晚会很完美,全部都过得特别顺利。发言也有人告诉给他们深刻的好影响。(抱歉我的中文语法错误)第二是因为都是跟女朋友在一起的,开车六个小时到威斯康星州。我们一起也跟好多好朋友见面了,一起玩。



She said yes!!! 我们一边哭一边笑,有很大的拥抱,感觉不是真的发现的事。到现在还是很难相信都过的这么顺利。哈利路亚,感谢主🙏


我期待看你们的经历. What has been on your mind or heart that you would like to share? What has been something positive or negative that you have encountered in Minnesota so far? What makes you especially joyful, either here or at home? What is one meaningful classroom occurrence that has happened so far?

欢迎思考一下这些问题。迫不及待读一下你们的看法与经历。继续加油,we believe in you 🙂

Blessings abound,



Week of Aug. 27: 谈谈思考,Articles of Interest

孔院老师们,大家好 🙂

I hope your week has started well, adjusting to the community and integrating with host families. It rained a lot here in 圣克劳德 so maybe weather a bit better where you are! Below I have input a couple articles and prompt questions to reflect upon that may be of interest to you. Feel free to comment or share articles that you find in your blog as well, so we may learn together.Speedup Illussions — Late Summer Rain. via
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Some questions to think about for your first blog and as you continue to experience these first few weeks:

  1. What are your 3 Ambitions or goals you hope to accomplish this first term? 你们三个最大的目标你这段时间要完成是什么?
  2. How do you plan to utilize technology in your classroom? 在课堂上,你打算怎么使用教学技术?
  3. What is one thing you look forward to doing outside of class in the surrounding community? 你们课外在当地附近期待(或者想)做什么活动,参加什么活动?Related image

Hope this helps to produce some food for thought. You are welcome to respond to all or any of those prompts, or write what has moved your heart through the experience so far. All the best to the rest of your week! 继续加油,你可以的 🙂



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2018 Student Teaching Experience: MN Style

亲爱的孔子学院老师们,on behalf of St. Cloud State University’s Center for International Studies and the Confucius Institute, welcome to your Minnesota teaching experience and congratulations on finishing the week of training and orientation, 辛苦了!We hope it was fruitful learning and preparation for you, while also introducing some challenges or ways to grow as you move forward and begin in the classroom.

The adventure here surely has much in store for you, as you make a positive impact in the lives of many young students as they not only learn new language and culture, but new doors in their future open and possibilities expand. It is a high calling you have embarked upon, but you are equipped to shine bright and inspire those blessed to learn from you.

We wish you all the best and look forward to processing the experience together, always here to support and encourage you to succeed.


HuskyTech at Miller Center