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Week Without Walls丨龙山研学行:读万卷书,行万里路

The Week Without Walls is an experiential education that serves the purpose of making the student body more international minded and supports our students on their pursue to become better global citizens. On November 19th, the G11 and G12 students travelled to Longshan County in Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture and spent one week volunteering at Zhaoshi Middle School.

研学旅行是典型的体验式教学方法,传承了中国传统“读万卷书,行万里路”的学习精神。作为IB国际学校,我校始终秉持融合探究精神、实践精神、反思精神的教育理念,重视教育中的知行合一。11月19号,国际高中十一、十二年级的师生前往湘西龙山县召市镇初级中学,开展了为期一周的教育研学活动。


Fundraising 爱心募捐,筹集善款

Having learned that the majority of local students are poor left-behind children, our students initiated a school-wide fundraising event. After half a month of hard work, they received a lot of clothing, school supplies, books and money. When they arrived there, they delivered all these donations to the students. The next day they visited two of the more needy families from the school, and gave money to the children to be used as tuition. This money will allow the students to continue studying. The visit shocked many of the students, giving them the opportunity to learn about the hardships of children in remote areas, and to cherish the learning resources and environment they have here at WES.

在得知当地学生大多为贫困留守儿童,家庭经济困难后,我们的学生发起了全校范围内的募捐活动。他们自己动手制作募捐海报,张贴在校园各处;发动校园小记者WESer,利用公众号推送募捐消息。经过半个月的努力,学生们募捐到大量御寒衣物、文具、书籍和捐款,给召市镇初级中学的学生们带去了冬日的温暖。学生们还跟随扶贫队杜队长一起走访了两位特别贫困学生的家庭,亲手将捐款交到学生手里。此次走访活动给我们的学生带来不小的震撼,使他们有机会了解到贫困地区孩子求学之路的艰辛,也更能珍惜现有学习资源和学习环境的不易。


Research 课题研究,思考发展

The WWW in Longshan aims as well to develop students problem-solving and research skills. Prior to this trip, teachers and students discussed and worked out six topics including regional culture, economic development, poverty alleviation policies, infrastructure construction, etc. Students were divided into three groups to study the topic they selected by searching information and designing questionnaire before departure. During the week in Longshan, they continued with their investigation which led them to create their own summary report. In their report you’ll see how they analyzed the educational backwardness in poor areas as well as their suggestions for improving the situation.

此次龙山教育研学活动旨在让学生在实践中发现问题、分析问题、解决问题,发展自主探究的能力。出发前通过共同商讨,老师们给出了六个方向的研究主题,关于地区文化、经济发展、扶贫政策、基础设施建设等等。学生被分为三组,每组选择一个研究课题。学生出发前分组讨论,确定研究方向,查找相关资料,设计调查问卷,为此次课题研究做了充分的准备。到达目的地后,通过发放调查问卷,访问当地学生,掌握了一手资料并进行整合,我们的学生们作了研究总结报告,对贫困地区教育水平落后的情况和产生的原因进行了深刻的分析,也对于改善现状、促进未来发展提出了建议。


Volunteer Teaching 爱心支教,教学相长

During that week, our students volunteered as English teachers for local students. Their lessons included a treasure hunt, word contests, guessing games… they made English so fun! The local children loved it and were enthusiastic to learn. After class, our students were surrounded by the younger ones to answer questions about English learning. A few lessons have already raised the awareness of our students of the difficulty of being a teacher, and made them realize the educational problems existing in that area. With the expectation of their sharing being helpful to the local children in English learning, they understood the educational development in poor areas requires the support of the entire society.

活动期间,我们的高中生给当地学生上了几堂别开生面的英语课。寻宝活动、单词竞赛,猜谜游戏,形式新颖的英语课受到当地孩子的欢迎,调动了他们学习英语的热情。课后,学生们纷纷围住各位小老师,请教英语学习的方法。然而几堂课下来,我们的学生们深感教师这份职业的艰辛,同时也认识到当地学生英语基础薄弱,学校师资力量不足以及教学方法存在一定的局限等现状。他们希望自己的分享能够对当地孩子的英语学习有所助益,但是贫困地区教育发展的问题需要社会多方的支持才能不断走向完善。


【Student Feedback 我的感想】

Jihoo Lee

Longshan was a place where I have never visited before. We drove almost 8 hours to arrive to a small village in the middle of mountains. The first look of the school for me was quite shocking. There were still a lot of students in that small school. Cafeteria of school still uses coal to cook, students’ dorm rooms and bathrooms were unclean, I was concerned about the hygiene. However, unlike the facilities, people in the school were actually really not hostile toward our crew, luckily.

A week in Longshan taught me many lessons. Obviously, it was a good opportunity to learn leading people. I learned how to speak effectively, as I taught nearly 60 students in a class. I have been learning in a student’s view. However, this experience gave me learning something in a tutor’s view. We tried to come up with methods that could help students to understand in more ease. I think this is a great method of study, I actually want to apply to my studies in A levels as well.

我从没去过龙山。路上开车花了差不多8个小时,我们才到达坐落在群山之间的一个小村庄。看到召市镇中学的第一眼,就让我感到十分震惊。小小的学校里,学生却不少。学校食堂烧煤做饭,学生宿舍和浴室都不怎么干净,我比较担心卫生问题。然而,虽然设施条件一般,但学校里的人对我们都十分友善。

在龙山的一个星期让我学到了很多。显然,这是一个培养领导力的好机会。我学会了如何让自己的话语更有效,因为我教的班有近60名学生。我一直是作为一个学生在学习,这次经历让我体验了从老师的角度去看问题、去学习。我们尝试找出可以帮助学生更轻松地学习的方式。我认为这是一个很好的学习方法,我也会在A Level的学习中用到。


Jenny Ye 叶简简

We taught the students in Zhaoshi Middle School and had an unforgettable time with them. Despite the fact that they are middle years students, they don’t know some basic English words because they only started to learn English in G7. Their educational needs are really obvious. Later, we visited some local families. We met a student whose father is congenitally blind and mother mentally ill but this girl really works hard. You could see a wall full of awards when you entered her house. Her grandfather thanked us for the money donation with tears in his eyes. We hope we can give more financial help to students who are as good as she is but are economically disadvantaged. During the week in the Longshan, I deeply felt the lack of living and educational resources and I hope I can help them in both ways.

到达龙山第二天和第三天,我们分别给召市中学的四个班的学生上了课,与他们度过了难忘的时光。虽然是初中生,但他们甚至连一些基础单词都不认识。据了解,这是由于他们初一才开始学习英语。由此可见,当地学生在教育方面真的很需要帮助。后来我们走访了重点扶贫学生的家,他们居住环境十分简陋。有一位学生的家庭情况让人印象深刻,她的父亲先天性失明,母亲也有精神病。这位学生却十分优秀,一进门就可以看到她获得的各种奖状。后来接到募捐的现金,这位学生的爷爷不禁热泪盈眶。我们希望可以给像她这样优秀但家庭十分贫困的学生给予更多资金上的帮助,让她有机会受到更好的教育。在去龙山的这几天中,我深刻感受了他们的贫困的生活和教育资源上的匮乏,希望能在生活和教育上都能帮助到他们。


Danny Ye 叶单单

We spent the week beginning November 19th in Longshan, a remote area in Xiangxi. Before we went there, we planned lessons for local students. Our group was thinking to talk about the difference between Chinese and American culture. It took eight hours for us to arrive there and everyone was very tired. The next day, we had classes. When entering the classroom, it was crowded and noisy, and some facilities were old, but the children were very excited and enthusiastic. Soon, we found that their English level was far lower than expected, so we had to teach bilingually. Through this trip, I realized that we’re provided with much better educational resources compared to the children in Longshan. We should cherish what we haveand study harder.

11月19日那周我们去了偏远的湘西龙山,深刻感受到了农村孩子贫苦生活。去之前我们都有进行备课,我们组准备给孩子们普及一下中美文化的差异。坐了长达八个小时的巴士才到达地点,大家都很疲惫。第二天开始给初中的孩子们上课,进了教室的第一感觉便是拥挤、嘈杂,一些设施也比较陈旧。孩子们都很兴奋,很热情。我们发现孩子们的英语水平远不如我们的设想,所以只能采用双语教学。由此,我们意识到龙山孩子们的师资和硬件设施资源远不如我们,所以我们更应该好好珍惜优良的学习条件,刻苦学习。


A week in Longshan has enabled the students to develop an understanding of issues of poverty while simultaneously helping the people there. This program is designed to give students the experiences that will inspire them to become caring global citizens who are aware of the wider world, care about people and the environment, and take action to make the world a better place.

此次龙山教育研学之行进一步发展了学生们的“提问能力、探究能力、交流能力”,同时,他们开拓了视野,看到了课堂之外更真实的社会和人生。而全校师生、学生家长的爱心募捐也让这次活动的意义更为深远。于行中研,于研中得。学习,在路上。

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