On November 26th, the grade 2 students held an "immersive" assembly with the theme of "Where we are in place and time ". Around the central idea "The place and era in which we live affects our knowledge , ability and growth", they used Shanghai as an example. The audience seemed to have embarked on a journey through time and space of Shanghai!
The entire assembly recreated the development from ancient Shanghai to modern Shanghai, giving visitors an immersive experience.
During the inquiry, children based their findings on the important concept of "change", using MISO research methods. They learned about the changes of Shanghai’s clothing, food, housing , travel and other aspects, and explored the causes behind it.
Inside and outside the class, children developed their research skills by learning about Shanghai through videos, pictures, articles, books and other media outlets.
Children attended a l ecture from the lecturer at the Shanghai Museum of History. They learned more about the changes of Shanghai in the lecturer’s introduction and interaction, they became knowledgeable.
Do modern people still understand, love and accept traditional Shanghai food? With these questions, children designed questionnaires and conducted surveys themselves, hoping that people would realize that traditional food is also part of a traditional culture and should be promoted and upheld.
The children also visited the Shanghai History Museum, where they explored and learned about the changes in Shanghai's history by observing artifacts and text introductions.
In order to let more people know the real Shanghai, children took actions. They walked outside, recorded Shanghai in photos, videos, text and other different methods and talked about Shanghai in their eyes. Finally, the children communicated remotely with Australian students and discovered the connections and differences between different regions.
Service learning is to combine students' classroom learning with the problems and needs of real society. Service learning not only promotes students' intellectual development but also promote students' civic participation.
This assembly practices service learning.During the inquiry, children realized that Shanghai, is an international metropolis, and their are hidden vulnerable groups behind its prosperous economy that can not be ignored. To this end, the children learned about the different non-profit organizations (NGOs) in Shanghai. They also visited the famous Bear Claw Cafe in Shanghai, hoping to pass on the warmth of the bear's paw.
During the six-weeks of preparation leading to the assembly, we saw the infinite possibilities of the grade 2 students. They showed the excellent qualities of explorers and caring individuals and took another step on the road to becoming responsible citizens of the world.