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Joy EL Teachers Take An “International Minds” Field Trip

September, 2017
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On 11 August, Joy EL International Academy’s Early Child Care (ECC) and Elementary teachers took part in a team building activity designed to explore the many ways in which Beijing and its citizens have become internationally-minded, while at the same time maintaining their strong Chinese cultural traditions. 

Teachers were divided into groups of five or six, each a mix of Chinese and foreign, male and female, and a variety of grade levels and subjects. Each group was given a simple task: to find and report on five examples of how international mindedness meets traditional Chinese culture in Beijing.  

joy-el-international-minds-field-tripAfter some initial group planning, most chose to leave the school for a few hours with their group and some traveled as far as Sanlitun and Dongzhimen. Some stayed at school and did their research using the IT and people-based resources available to them.  

Many of those who left the campus sampled international and Chinese dishes in restaurants, interviewed taxi drivers, people on the street, and each other.  

One group ventured out to the 798 Art District. They saw and experienced international mindedness throughout the morning by viewing art by Cao Yong from China - "It’s everything that exists in this world that inspires me to paint." Teachers explored the streets and spent time getting to know each other, enjoying a delicious lunch before returning to school to create a movie about their adventure. 

Back at school in the afternoon, each group prepared and delivered a presentation of their findings. They used photos, video, music, PowerPoint and other multimedia formats. 

Michael Donaldson, the ES and ECC Principal, said: “We are proud to say we have a faculty who enjoy learning more about their new home, Beijing, and all of them are demonstrating that they are lifelong learners, just as we want our students to be. We are also very fortunate that our Chinese teachers were such helpful and resourceful hosts, and trust that they also learned something new about their internationally-minded home city of Beijing.”


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