Conduct Inquiry-based learning

Critical Language Project
1 year 7 months ago
Mentor teacher Debby Page (2016-2018) and exchange teacher Li Chunping (2017-2018) organized a unit (using the Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor K-12 Educators' Guide) focused on the story and science behind the terracotta warriors, exploring Chinese culture, history and language with their students. Working with library media specialists at their school, Ms. Page and Ms. Li Chunping guided students in a virtual field trip to the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China. Additionally, students evaluated and analyzed information on the topic found in print and multimedia sources. 50 students then participated in a field trip to the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the Franklin Institute, they explored the interactive Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, students participated in a docent led tour of Chinese art. Students then visited Philadelphia's Chinatown to partake in an authentic Chinese meal. Following the field trip, students engaged with focus questions and worked collaboratively to create a class presentation and video which was shared at grade level assemblies. The video was also shared at the school-wide Morning Show, a reception for Board of Education members, and a PTO Meeting, providing an opportunity for students to highlight the advantages of studying Chinese language and culture in order to promote support for the Chinese program and to encourage enrollments. .
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months ago
Adel Ghattas (2017-18) received a CLP grant to conduct a project designed to introduce his students to the history of the Middle East through a rich artistic context, engaging them with the language and culture in a fun way. Mr. Ghattas worked with the global history teacher at his school to prepare and present on the Arab-Israeli conflict. After students had learned about the historical and cultural background, they watched the movie The Band's Visit and participated in classroom activities that explored the movie's characters and themes. (The Band's Visit tells the story of an Egyptian Police Marching Band that becomes lost in Sinai and ends up in a remote town in Israel. There, they are hosted by an Israeli woman and spend the night with other Israelis. The film explores the tension that arises from the political conflict, as well as the human connections that form when individuals meet one other.) 34 students then attended a live performance of the musical on Broadway at the Barrymore Theater and ate at a Moroccan restaurant in New York City. The students who participated in the field trip then reflected on their experience and what they had learned through the project. They also prepared posters and presented about the musical to teachers, parents and colleagues at Lavelle's International Day, extending the impact of the project to include the wider community.
Critical Language Project
1 year 8 months ago
Ivy Yiu, mentor teacher at North Warren Regional, was awarded a CLP grant to take students enrolled in Chinese classes, as well as students in the Chinese club, on a field trip to Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Students who participated in the field trip then collaborated with Mrs. Yiu and the 2017-2018 exchange teacher Zhang Wenjie to plan a week-long Discover China! event held at the school in order to raise awareness and enthusiasm about Chinese language and culture and the North Warren Chinese program. Students then led "learning centers" at the event which provided their peers with the opportunity to learn about different elements of Chinese language and culture. Each day of the event had a particular focus, showcasing a variety of aspects of Chinese culture, history, and traditions throughout the course of the week. These themes, purposefully thought-out to highlight specific cultural lessons for the school community members to learn about, included the terracotta warriors, the Chinese New Year, the zodiac, calligraphy, paper cutting, paper lanterns, and using chopsticks. Having Chinese club members and students from Chinese language classes help facilitate the event and serve as cultural ambassadors helped increase student interest in enrollment in Chinese language classes and participation in the Chinese club. Many staff and teachers also attended the Discover China! event, increase the awareness of Chinese language and culture at the school.
Critical Language Project
3 years 4 months ago
Xia Zhi, former TCLP Teacher, was awarded a CLP grant to support an immersive exploration of Chinese history and language with his students. Xia Zhi decided to set up this project with his students to focus on the name “China” and delve into the origin of this and other Chinese words. The students did research, interviewed experts, and proved the result of the research. Xia Zhi and his students used the research to develop a book for the school's library. Students learned how to conduct research, assess the outcome of the research, cooperate, and communicate with other people. Student got and in-depth perspective of the origins of Mandarin Chinese words and language to expand their Mandarin reading and speaking skills.
Critical Language Project
3 years 9 months ago
TCLP Arabic teacher Mohamed Mahmoud at Shawnee Mission West High School in Shawnee Mission, KS designed project which aimed at increasing the knowledge base of current Arabic I students while also exposing a large population of middle and high school students to Arabic language. His students created a long-lasting Arabic language instructional booklet in a magazine format and an instructional Arabic video. Both the magazine and the Arabic video were distributed to all Shawnee Mission elementary, middle, and high schools where up to 28,000 students may view these materials.
Critical Language Project
3 years 10 months ago
  Exchange teacher Wei Wei received a CLP grant to implement the Joy of Eight Project at her U.S. host school, Roton Middle School. The project encompassed various activities with the overall goal of motivating middle school students enrolled in Mandarin classes to continue to study the language after they enter high school.   Teachers from Roton Middle School and Brien McMahon High School designed two major events as part of the Joy of Eight Project: a tea ceremony in the middle school library and a Chinese culture fair on the high school campus. Both of these events included a number of activities to give students a deeper understanding of Chinese language through culture. Activities included: a chopsticks competition, tiger dancing, fan dancing, making paper lanterns, practicing calligraphy, riddle games, playing musical chairs, playing jiguchuanhua, making dumplings, and singing Chinese songs. The opportunity to interact with students at Brien McMahon gave the middle school students a firsthand look at the engaging program opportunities available to them at the high school.   The middle school students also participated in two fields trips to New York City, where they toured museums related to Chinese culture, history, and art. While in New York City, the students had the opportunity to experience the life of a Chinese immigrant in the U.S. on an experiential walking tour. Students also scripted, filmed, and edited a short video that documented the Joy of Eight project. As a result of this project, there students were motivated to continue studying Chinese language and culture.