SURN Study Tour to China

On June 23, 2011 - July 2, 2011 a group of the teachers and the administrators from SURN school divisions and W&M faculty/staff went on a Study Tour to China. They visited Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.

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Teacher of the Year Takes Trip to China

As King William County 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year, I was afforded the opportunity to spend ten Professional Development days in China along with a group of educators during the summer break. While in China we visited the cities of Beijing, Xi an and Shanghai. As part of the tour we climbed The Great Wall of China, observed the archeologists unearthing Terra Cotta Warriors and soared to the highest observation deck in the world (100 floors) in 45 seconds in the Shanghai World Financial Center. We were able to experience authentic Chinese food, interact with local merchants and enjoy the history and architectural treasures of a country so very different from our own.

As educators our main focus was to become enlightened on the educational system in China. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit two schools while we were in China. The first school was an English speaking school in Beijing and the second was a boarding school in Xi an at which children ranging in age from 6 to 19 learned Kung Fu in addition to their basic courses. At each school the children sat at wooden desks and learned by reading textbooks and listening to lectures without the use of technology. Although we noted several differences between the schools we visited and ours, it was evident that no matter where you are in the world, children are basically the same. Success for students in China, as here in the U.S., is a direct result of the students' effort and their desire to excel as they work with teachers who demonstrate a commitment to each of their pupils.

Teacher Jan
Gail Cassidy
3rd Grade Teacher
Acquinton Elementary School
King William County Public Schools