Global Teachers – China 2018 – Day Five

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Day Five

Travel time between Beijing and Nanjing is almost 11 hours but on the high-speed bullet train, it was more like 4.5 hours. China’s high-speed rail system is the longest high-speed network in the world.

Delegate Mia Cruise stands in a compass at the train station in Beijing.

In the afternoon, the delegation attended a presentation by the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education (JPDE). Go Global NC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the JPDE to support North Carolina-China partnerships and exchanges. Dozens of N.C. schools currently maintain school or classroom partnerships with schools in China.

The teachers had time for independent field study and Challenge by Choice activities in the evening. Delegates choose activities that take them out of their comfort zone based on levels of interaction: one activity asks the delegate to start a conversation with a stranger about what it means to be Chinese, while another has the delegate go to a grocery store, ask what candies, snacks, and beverages are local favorites, and to “buy and try.”

Teacher Anthony Johnson took a rickshaw ride around the crowded Nanjing area.

Nanjing Fuzimiao or “Confucian Temple”, at least where it stands now, was built in the 19th century and was restored in 1985.

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