A Look Around

It's evening time at the Microcampus, and the evening "programming" has amounted to giving the students a chance to explore this amazing place. Two students sat outside on the terrace watching the sun go down and the clouds spill over the Cangshan Mountains to the west . . . the photo at the top of the main page was taken from the terrace, and it is the place where the Microcampus students spend 15 minutes each morning in silence, sitting still, looking and listening to the world. Another group has settled in for a movie in the TV room, while a handful heard music playing in the second courtyard of the Linden Centre and have been learning new dances for the past 45 minutes or so.

Who is leading the dance? It's a unique combination: a retired 60-something year old environmental biology professor from Stanford who just checked in and is tearing up the dance floor . . . one of the local kitchen staff here at the Centre . . . Shane Linden (Brian and Jeanee's 16-year-old son). The music? "The Hustle" from the 1970s, along with YMCA. "Twist and Shout" -- all unscheduled, and smiles all around.

In the lounge area is a meeting of the final night of a multi-day photography group who have called the Linden Centre their home for the past week. They have come from around the world to study with one of the best in one of the best places in the world to photograph things.

I just finished the last of the evening's meetings about the students' projects: Noah's work with the local fishing industry is inspiring, with his final question in hand: "Could I survive as a fisherman on Erhai?" He has some discovering to do, and I can't wait to see where he goes with it.

We are off to a tea plantation tomorrow afternoon after a half-day of focused study, and the weekend awaits. The schedule will slow down a bit, leaving room for bike rides, wandering through the bean fields, guitar strumming, and breathing the air out here. It's challenging work, for sure: non-stop from 7:15 AM until 10 PM, but really inspiring as well.

It's good to be me today.

Comments

How great to be you!

Hi Mr T,
Really envious of you to be there, such a vibrant, interesting, full of energy place! People coming from all over the world to meet and interact in such a great environment, I wish to be there too! Thank you again for making these all possible for our kids. And Mr. Williams' hard work for us to be connected to you all out there in Yun nan ! He has turned me into a blogger as well! We are looking forward to all your daily blogs, video shout out and inquiry projects....
All the Best,
Vivian

Hi Vivian!

Hello Vivian,

Apologies that I took so long to reply. I'm not sure how I missed your message before, though I do recall that time (around March 22) as being particularly busy!

It's been a great time, for sure, and I'm so glad to be a part of it all. Audrey has been wonderful!

See you next week,

Craig T.

well done

Hi Mr. T

Great to read about your experiences at the Lindon centre with your Grade 8 students over the past few days. As you know our school (Chinese International School) is embarking on a year long program for our Year 10 (Grade 9) students starting in August 2013 and it is great to see what good work you and the SAS students are involved in that part of China. Keep it up. 

Regards

Justin Alexander

Hey Justin!

Thanks for this . . . it has been a real adventure, for sure.

Please do pass along the link for the website to your staff if you would like; any feedback is appreciated!

Big hello to you and the Alexander crew!

-T

I enjoyed reading this update

I enjoyed reading this update, "Mr.T"  Good for you for all you've done to provide kids with these valuable experiences.  Reading the descriptions, I am certain I would thoroughly enjoy being there.  Good job!

free time

make sure you factor in some down time for yourself and your lovely wife.  You cannot go 24/7 for 4 weeks.

What a treat it is to see the Microcampus program continue to develop. I look forward to learning more with and from these amazing students as they explore their world, challenge themselves, and learn to handle themselves outside The Bubble of their usual routines.