Becoming a teacher and developing as a teacher in Shanghai

As we go round early years, primary and secondary schools, we are meeting teachers old and young and it is clear that teaching is a respected and valued profession here in Shanghai. Confucius seems to have started it, but everyone maintains that respect for teachers. It is a profession youngsters want to join and the …

Pupil directed learning

PISA results and the critiques of them we read before coming here, lead us to believe that the pupils learning experiences would be totally teacher directed. However our experience of Penglai Number Two Demonstration School ┬áhave completely changed our impressions. At 7:30 we caught the bus to the 60 year old school, to observe some …

Shanghai 10 – what our Shanghai colleagues really think!

The Shanghai Normal University students have had a hectic time in Nottingham and have done a good deal of travel and tourism around their school work. The high spot of the visit was the three days they spent in primary classes with their partner students from the School Direct programme. The schools hosted the shanghai …

Shanghai 10 – Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) students’ activities at the School of Education (UNUK)

The students from Shanghai normal University have thrown themselves into the programme of seminars and school visits. The first day involved a tour of the University, seminars, and the exciting experience of getting a bus pass for the City. Since then, there has been no stopping them. Amid trips to the town, caves, museum etc, …

Shanghai 10’s Trip Preparation

Students from the School of Education (UNUK) share their planning and preparation for their two week exchange trip to Shanghai.   We had a number of tasks to carry out in preparation for our departure to Shanghai- some were fun and some- not so much. The application for a Chinese visa was surprisingly stressful. You …

Shanghai 10 arrive

On Sunday night 10 students from Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) arrived at the University of Nottingham, with their teacher Professor Zhong, for a two week exchange programme.   They are undergraduate teacher education students studying at SHNU, a leading teacher training institution. Two of the students specialise in early years education and the other eight …

Trainee teacher exchange Nottingham and Shanghai

Blog supported by Dr Jane Medwell, Associate Professor, School of Education and excited member of Shanghai 10. We are the Shanghai 10. Ten students taking part in the University of Nottingham exchange with Shanghai Normal University. What is it about? Well, everyone in education has heard about the results of the OECD Programme for International …