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I am waiting in the Pearson Airport with the #gecdsb delegation of Principals that are headed to Chongqing, China.  We are working with Southwest University to share teaching and learning (pedagogical) successes and challenges in the Sister Schools project.  #gecdsb elementary schools have been paired for 6 years now.  Using Sketchy Skype calls and skilled Chinese/English interpreters we learned of each others educational experiences.  My first call ever occurred in the learning commons of Eastwood School in 2014.  I had set up the TV and webcam at the couch area.  When the call came in I realized I was talking to a lecture hall of 200 Student Teachers and Professors.  “Hi!” They all excitedly waved.  Now I am getting on a plane to Southwest University in Chongqing to experience school first hand.

So, the point of this post… What have people asked me to bring back for them?

  1. Kobe and Silas are expecting some Chinese Pokemon cards.
  2. Dallas wants a rock.
  3. Janice wants menus and pics of poorly translated signs (Chinese to English)
  4. Tricia wants a jade ring, as does Zoe.
  5. Gavin wants pics of me eating exotic foods… Bugs particularly.  (He’s been reading Ripley’s books)
  6. A whole slew of kids from KPS want coins and money
  7. Chopsticks have come up as have fabrics, clothing and foodstuffs.
  8. New words in Chinese has been popular.

We’ll see everyone.  For now I’m guaranteeing you I will take and bring back lots of pictures.  I will do my best to capture some stories here.  I promise to blog from the Great Wall right after Principal Iandolo and I run a 5k.  

Up next:  what did I bring?

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