July 22nd and 23rd, the last two days for us in local school, we cherished every class we took in the school. On the 23rd, our Final project defense, local school students were surprised by our wonderful performance and applauded again and again, the President even invited other classes to view and emulate. I would like to give a thumb up to all our group members!
1. Greenwich Observatory and prime meridian
The world-famous Greenwich Observatory was built in 1675. At that time, the United Kingdom navigation enterprise developed very fast. In order to address the need for measuring longitude at sea, United Kingdom decided to establish an Observatory in the royal Greenwich garden by the Thames in the southeast of London where is twenty kilometers away from the city centre. In 1884, the meridian which went through the observatory was identified as the standard reference meridian of longitude measurement and world time, also known as zero degrees longitude.
In 1997, the Royal Observatory was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Greenwich, visitors can adjust the watch at the standard time in the world.
world standard time
Prime Meridian, also known as zero longitude, is established in order to determine geographic longitude and time measurement.
There is a natural zero degrees latitude--the Equator on the Earth, but no natural zero degrees longitude, therefore, we can only artificially selected one from countless Meridians as Prime Meridian. The original Prime Meridian, is established to determine the location of all countries.
2. boat trip on the Thames
Tower Bridge looks adorable!
what a giant Ferris wheel!
enjoy the scenery on the water
3.大英博物馆 British museum
The original collection of the British museum, more than 80,000 pieces of antiques and specimens, all came from the physician of King George II and Sir Hans Sloane. In 1823, the British King George IX donated his father's immense library. More than 200 years after the Museum opened, it continued to collect ancient cultural relics from the United Kingdom, and Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, India, China and other states.
Ancient Egypt art is the most prestigious collection of the British Museum. However, the most notable part is the Oriental Art Museum. The Museum has more than one hundred thousand pieces of cultural relics which were from China, Japan, India and other Southeast Asian countries. Among them, China showroom occupied several halls and exhibits bronzes in Shang and Zhou dynasty, porcelain in Tang and Song dynasty and jade products from Ming and Qing dynasty. Only Chinese ancient treasures are more than 20,000 pieces, most of them are priceless. The two large stone lions outside the back door of the museum were also shipped from China.
After a week of English immersion education in the classroom, what are our group members’ unique views of the United Kingdom education? Let us tell you one by one.
Our group members experienced the differences of education between China and England, and later teacher Feng will analyze these differences from her perspective.
Time elapses so quickly, our group members had great contrast to the beginning. Everybody became active and lively, and their enthusiasm of thinking were aroused by local teachers, now, let’s take a look at their graduation design!
These best partners won loud applause, cheering and even screaming from all the teachers and students (unfortunately, videos cannot upload only can experience by photos).
We finally graduated, Lalala!!! Sorry for standing in front of you, teacher Feng, but there is always a very successful teacher behind the successful students, you are the most powerful backing of us!
part3. wishes from Feng
I hope after this two-week study tour, they can know that open mind is the most important for them. With this kind of attitude, wherever they will go and whatever they will do, they will be able to take care of themselves and life well.
“Unaccustomedness " is the only thing that I expected but did not see on our group members.
They are used to eating burned toast, sandwiches made by themselves and blending in the class which seemed easy but actually difficult, jostling with the crowds in the station and traveling around London by train.
They have to pack up on their own, to get along with their host parents. they also cooperate in this small group, take care of each other.
I'm not sure whether they will become good friends or not, but they did learn how to get along with different kind of people in a group. They have their own relationship patterns, I felt very interesting about this. I also want to ask parents to give their children an absolute confidence, and less involved in their social lives, because they have their own social attitudes
During the week in local schools, I was shocked by their adaptability and independence.
A minor example: have meals. Average household in here will prepare toast for breakfast, a self-made sandwich for lunch. Our children complained about these simple meals at first, but later they accepted with pleasure, and even enjoyed these meals. Some host families required children to prepare sandwiches for lunch on their own, and they were also very happy to do that.
If parents think this is normal, then let’s have a comparison. A few days ago I met a led teacher from XI ' an study tour, two days after they arrived, I found she was crying in the teachers ' Lounge, her English is poor, so she asked me do her a favor. She wants to change their host family, because their host family only gave them toast and sandwiches for breakfast. I told her this is local eating habits in here, she said she could not used to. It is a cliché: ”what are we doing here?”
According to United States educator John Dewey's pedagogy theory, schools and teachers should provide abundant conditions for students to experience. He believes that the key of education is that students can produce their own interpretations of the experience after a variety of active and passive experiences, that is to say, reflection and self-learning ability of students is very important. Although this theory is too idealistic, the simple projection reflected in the classroom is to learn by using, playing and experiencing.
At the end of the first day, Xin’ai walked out and said, I like the classroom in here, atmosphere is good, and we’ve been playing all the time. They learned nouns in that class. They played some games to learn fruit names. they also learned other nouns and adjectives in later days.
The primary task of junior class is to be familiar with English learning methods and cultivate students’ interest in learning which is not very difficult. Junior students’ English are not good enough to communicate with teachers, so communication between teachers and students will encounter some language barrier, when students fail to understand, teachers will use gestures, facial expressions, actions to help them understand. Teachers encourage students to speak out their minds and here is the student-oriented classroom.
Cooperative learning is the main form of teaching. Group cooperation can not only cultivate student's ability of communicate and cooperation, the most important thing is in team cooperation, new ideas are constantly produced. We learned from each other and increased our learning efficiency.
For senior students, except for cooperative learning, it’s more important to foster their independent learning ability. At the same time of independent thinking, teacher advocate for sharing good ideas and advices. This kind of class focused on exchanging and communication, and respect for different opinions and thoughts of others. Different from most domestic classes, students’ learning is defined as active and independent learning in here.
For example, if they need to cooperate with each other to complete a task, everyone has to contribute to the small group.
Free debate in the class is the comprehensive evaluation of personal knowledge, critical thinking, English proficiency and expression ability.
Once they encountered a problem, whether cigarettes should be banned. To solve this problem, students should brainstorm quickly in a short time, and search some content related to cigarettes from their experiences, and then determine the position, support or oppose, and then categorize content fragments of mind form the evidence for debate, then expressed the argument.
The class debate looks like children's play, but in the process they will form a scientific mode of thinking and logic, and this will surely benefit them all their lives.
United Kingdom philosopher Whitehead once said, the future is rich, full of possibilities, whether we will celebrate the achievement or encounter a tragedy depends on how we respond to these possibilities, and more importantly, how we respond to the challenge.
This is to say, the purpose of school education is not to retain knowledge, but how to understand reality, and find ways to solve problems. Hope this short week courses can inspire our young students and help them become better learners.
Finally, catch up on a photo on the school site which showed we won the karaoke matches as the conclusion of our successful United Kingdom travel.
To be continued…