As an immigrant herself, Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School teacher Xiumin Dong says she shares a special bond with the Chinese kids at her Brooklyn school.
Dong is ardent about her students and relates to them on a personal level, earning her a assignment for a Hometown Heroes in Education award.
For the dedicated teacher, the idea is always assisting kids stay in hold with their local enlightenment while training a new denunciation and bettering to a new life. “They all work so hard,” pronounced Dong, who was innate in Yinchuan in China’s Ningxia region. “I wish them all to graduate.”
Dong graduated with a bachelor’s grade in psychology and preparation from Shanxi University in 1985 and taught psychology at Xinjiang University, before receiving her master’s in preparation from Beijing Normal University in 1999.
She then served as a superintendence advisor at a high school in Beijing — and that’s where she met her husband, Scott Menscher, who was on an sell outing to China in 2000. Menscher, who teaches at Edward R. Murrow High School, also in Brooklyn, speedy Dong to immigrate.
They came not prolonged after the Sept. 11, 2011, attacks. Dong, 54, pronounced it was a frightful time to be an immigrant coming to America.
It was also severe for her to mangle into teaching in America, despite having almost 15 years of teaching knowledge in China.
“I really see a disproportion between here and China,” Dong said. “Teachers have to work much more. Students have their own particular celebrity and pronounce out here.”
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She pronounced she would learn up to 70 kids in her classes in China. Most city classes have half as many students or fewer.
After 6 months in America, Dong landed a pursuit at FDR as an help and was unrelenting on heightening her English to get a teaching position. In 2010, she finally became an Advanced Placement Chinese instructor at FDR, where she teaches sophomore, youth and comparison Chinese-language classes. She pronounced she focuses especially on making her students feel comfortable. Some of them have spent only one to 3 years in America, and she empathizes with their struggles.
“The denunciation separator is how we bond with my students,” Dong said. “It creates them bashful and still . . . they feel embarrassed, and we was one of them.”
One process Dong uses to rivet her students and prompt them to learn the denunciation is by screening cinema with English subtitles. She’s even used “The King’s Speech” and “Good Will Hunting” to make students wakeful that everybody struggles with new concepts, and she says the cinema make students feel included.
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“It’s a way to pronounce clearer,” she pronounced of using subtitled movies. “The kids really adore it. Sometimes the mothers and fathers of these immigrant kids are too bustling operative to help kids learn English, and the cinema really open their eyes to it.”
Along with her film category discussions, Dong introduces cooking classes to her students to applaud Chinese culture, and partial of the category includes students making their own dishes, filming it, and explaining how they prepared it.
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