I spent four weeks here in Xizhou. So far, it has been really nice. We have all learned so much, and it is making me realize how much I can learn in one month, if I discipline myself, and if I step outside of my comfort zone. Here in Xizhou, I have been working on an Inquiry project. I am studying, Education in Xizhou. Specifically, opinions about it, and what goes on inside schools. I am learning about perspectives on education, and also what goes on inside schools here. I wanted to learn about education because I love learning. I think that education is really valuable, and that learning about the education system, will help in my understanding of education importance. I love learning about this because it opens me to new mindsets on education, and also,
I have some great contacts and sources. They all have a connection to education, and that is why I chose them. I chose a few students, and also some parents to tell me what education was like earlier, and also a parental view. I chose the student from different grades, one in middle school, one elementary, and another few in high school. I did this so I could get many different views, and especially how opinions change at different ages. I talked to the parents of kids with different ages, because I wanted all different views. I could have talked to anybody in a relation to education, students, former students, teachers, former teachers, and anyone else.
The questions I asked were mostly based on educational perspectives, and also the school system. I asked the students thoughts on stress levels, homework, teachers, and what they think of school in general. I asked the parents similar questions, about when they went to school, but also what they think their children are going though.
My main point, and what I wanted to discover was... To find, the ideal school life that will benefit, students, teachers and parents, I must think about, in and out of school experiences, and what parents think of the education system. This will help me by giving me the full idea of what I need, and what I have. At first, I was just going to write an essay, and I did not know what to pinpoint in education, but after a talk with Mr Tafel, I now know that I want to make a "product out of my information. A way for students and parents to get the most out of education.
Sharing My Learning:
You can see my final product for Sharing My Learning above or at VideoNew.
I have taken a lot away from my Inquiry project. But mostly about procrastination, and managing my time. While working I learnt that I have to manage my time to make things easier later on. It taught me that I need to discipline myself to get everything done on time and right. I took away many things, but that was the most important, now, I do not procrastinate as much as I did.
My project has taken many twists and turns. At first I was doing Education and Work Backgrounds. Throughout that I drifted away from that and just did changes and perspectives on education, and then Mr T showed us the different types of projects. I chose the product type of project. I wanted to create the ideal school life, and then I settled on, One Aspect That can Change Education.
The most difficult part of my research was my background research. I had to search about education, but I could not exactly research opinions from people here in Xizhou. And it was also very broad, and I needed my research to be more specific. I was a little annoyed with my background research because there was not a lot of information on Xizhou, only on China in general, so when I got here I did not have a big idea.
I had a few A-Ha moments while doing this. But the biggest one was when I was researching at the local kindergarten. I was walking around and I peeked into a few classrooms, and they all welcomed me, and I thought, wow, this is why I am here. To experience new things. I was welcomed into their community, and it made me so happy.
This made me understand local education better because I had so many new perspectives to think about. At first, I only had a remote idea from what I have seen in Shanghai. After I came here, I learnt a lot more, from talking to everyone. They told me what they thought, and I started developing opinions of my own with the facts, and the opinions that they shared.
While researching, I got to interact with many locals. They each had their own lives very different from mine. I got to interact with them and I communicate with them. Also, when I was out anywhere, I would talk to kids, and students, and parents, anyone I could find, that is actually how I got most of my sources.
I learnt a lot about myself during this process. I learnt that I am a procrastinator, I could never get things done on time, or do it when it is initially assigned. I always do something I want, and then an hour before it is due, I will start and finish it then. Now, I have done it so much better. I am not holding things off as much.
During this process, I have discovered myself a lot better as a learner. I now know how long it takes myself to do specific tasks, and what I need to do. I understand that I am not good at managing time, and I procrastinate a lot. I always put off what I need to do for what I want to do.
"Manage your time and prioritize" I wish I told myself this at the beginning of the learning experience. It was always at the back of mind but I never paid attention to it.
If someone else were to do this project, they should go to visit more schools, and take opportunities to talk to retired teachers, and talk to as many people as they can. I would suggest that anytime you are somewhere, talk to as many students as you can.
I want to say thank you to everyone that has helped me. All of my sources, parents teachers and students. Also Mr T, who has guided me on my learning journey, and Ms Mai, for keeping me healthy so that I could finish my project. Especially, my friends here on Microcampus, who helped me stay focused, and made sure everything was done on time.
Microcampus was an amazing experience. I have learnt so much, and had many life lessons by Mr T. He has taught me to discipline myself, and I would not say I am amazing at it, but I am much better thank when I first got here. I have had lessons about time management, and discipline, and volume control. Not just these but I have learnt so many more things, and it was an amazing.