The following reflection by Lin Cheng is part of a series of blog posts written by THINK Global School faculty members to showcase their thoughts and experiences from a recent weXplore trip to Washington, D.C. Lin’s blog was written in his native Mandarin language, with the English translation following after. To view the entire conversation, visit us on Spot.
Original Reflection in Mandarin:
The weeklong Washington D.C. trip was over. All of the students felt tired and exhausted on the train back to Boston. When we look back at the trip, it was so full of excitement. What we have seen, what we have heard, what we have learned are so incredible in both quantity and diversity. However, most of the experience is hard to find in textbooks.
Of course, besides all the cool places we have visited in D.C., we also had chances to interact with some incredibly honorable speakers. Students passionately participated in the discussions and asked some very good in-depth questions. I believe by participating in the activities, our students have collected a lot of evidence for their research topics. As a teacher myself, I have learned much from the trip. One of the most impressive conversations I had was with Mr. Greg Simon. At TGS, we encourage students to think instead of just absorbing information from the teachers without thinking. Greg mentioned that the abilities to be creative and an independent thinker are very important in education. In my teaching, I have tried to avoid inputting my own values onto students. However, it might have affected students’ independent judgments gradually. I agreed with Greg that it might be good to let students do research on certain topics by asking them quality questions. Students develop their ability to think by filtering info and processing data, and only then will they be able to create their own points of view on debated issues. And this is what they need to become a global student.
In summary, the D.C. trip was amazing. To quote from TGS about my learning from the trip: Don’t teach me what to think. Teach me how to think.