Shiu Pong College Volunteer Teaching Trip
Shiu Pong College held the 6th Shanxi Volunteer Teaching Trip from June 4 to June 14, 2021. 19 students from Shiu Pong College and 2 students from the Honors College led by Dr. Ho Yi SIT, Resident Fellow of SPC, went to Boai School in Fengcun, Qinyuan County, Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, China for a 11-day service-learning tour.
Shanxi volunteer teaching trip is one of the long-term experiential learning projects of Shiu Pong college. Preparations for this project began in November 2020, and the volunteer team members were determined in February 2021. The curriculum was designed in March. It took about 3 months to complete the teaching plans of each subject and conduct trial teaching. There were also a charity sale and donations were raised to Boai School.
The target students of the volunteer teaching trip are from the second grade of primary school to the second grade of junior high school. The teaching subjects include “English”, “Science”, “Workshop” and “Window of the World”. The teaching content is carefully designed by the team members and the teaching aids are prepared by themselves. For example, the English class simulates life scenes, including teaching restaurant English, which aims to help students master the English language commonly used in daily life; the science class guides students to do interesting small experiments, such as simulated volcanic eruption experiments, to help students experience some scientific principles that have been learned in books but have not been practiced by themselves; the workshop uses small handicrafts, team activities, such as making paper flowers and teaching food safety knowledge to help students improve their hands-on skills. The Window of the World course shows students the diversity of geography, history, and culture in the world in a vivid form, such as introducing African refugees, teaching latitude and longitude knowledge, etc., aiming to help students broaden their horizons and cultivate global awareness. These courses are novel and interesting, which are very popular among students.
In the process of teaching, students from the team showed a high sense of responsibility, self-motivation, strong team spirit and dedication. They carefully selected the topics of the course, designed teaching plans and courseware in as novel and interesting forms as possible, and purchased suitable and safe teaching aids, aiming to enable students to obtain more practical knowledge in a happy classroom. They were not satisfied with just completing the teaching tasks assigned to them, but were committed to continuously improving the teaching outcome. Before class, members of the volunteer teaching team conducted mock teaching in small groups to improve the class process and ensure accurate class time allocation. After each class, the team members discussed with each other, conducted after-class reflections to discover what they needed to improve, and continuously adjusted the course design based on the feedback provided by other members, aiming to obtain better teaching results in the next class. In addition to completing their own teaching tasks, the team members also took the initiative to help other members solve various problems in teaching. They also observed other’s classes and provided help if needed. At the nightly summary meeting, the team members shared their experiences during the teaching process, thought about ways to solve the problems encountered in the process, encouraged each other, learned from each other, and improved together. In the process of getting along with the students of Shanxi Boai School, the team members worked hard to remember the name of each student in order to let the students experience more care and warmth, and worked with the students during the break time. They actively joined activities to understand their living habits and learning situation, and tried their best to help students solve problems in life and learning. In the process of teaching, the team members and the students in Shanxi established a deep relationship. The members laughed because they were liked and praised by the students, and they shed tears because they were deeply moved. In the volunteer teaching, the team members’ ability to solve problems, the awareness of teamwork and the spirit of self-dedication have all been greatly improved.
“It is not only our classroom that brings knowledge to the children, we also learn a lot from the children,” one member said in a summary sharing session with the teachers of Shanxi Boai School after the end of the teaching. Another member said, “I have gained love during the ten days of my trip to Shanxi Boai school and I will pass on this love in the days to come, so that the meaning of this trip can be fulfilled.”
The outstanding performance of the team members has been unanimously recognized by the supervisor, principal, teachers and students of Boai School. The full harvest and insight of the team members reflects the complete success of the trip to Shanxi.
Article: Shanxi Volunteer Teaching Trip Student Leader: Zhao Yue