England-Shanghai math teacher exchange launched
British math teachers audit a class at Shanghai Experimental Primary School on Nov 11. [Photo by Wang Xiang/xinhuanet.com]
The new round of England-Shanghai math teacher exchanges were launched in Shanghai on Nov 11, attracting 107 English math teachers.
Over the following 12 days, the English teachers will attend professional training lectures at Shanghai Normal University and audit classes at primary and secondary schools in Shanghai.
During a visit to Shanghai Experimental Primary School, a third-grade math teacher named Fang Yi impressed the British teachers when she used the Chinese art of paper cutting to explain geometric concepts.
At the end of February 2020, 70 primary school math teachers and 24 secondary school math teachers in Shanghai will pay a visit to British schools.
The project began in 2014 through the combined efforts of the Ministry of Educations in the two countries, the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, Shanghai Normal University and the British National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
Jiang Mingjun, vice president of Shanghai Normal University, welcomed the British teachers at the opening ceremony. He said he hopes the project will serve as an exchange platform to enhance basic education in the two countries.
Li Yongzhi, vice director of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, said that the exchange project has expanded to include both primary and secondary schools. More and more young students are being taught by different teachers, which has helped to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.
Andrew McCully, director of the basic education division of the British Ministry of Education, discussed the improvements that have been made to classes at British primary and secondary schools due to the exchange project.