The middle school educators from Suzhou, a city roughly 62 miles northwest of Shanghai, spent Tuesday, July 7, touring the Morningside campus and observing summer school instruction. The delegation visited nearby Monroe Middle on Monday and planned to return on Wednesday.
Morningside High School Principal Dr. Reginald Sirls said he was proud that MHS faculty, staff, administrators and students were able to host the Chinese Teachers Training Delegation.
“We find it beneficial to gather what they believe education standards should be, and compare ours and theirs,” he said. “We’re looking forward to their input and observations.”
This marks the second year the school has welcomed visitors from China; last year, Morningside introduced a group of Chinese students to their counterparts in Inglewood.
Zhang Jinming, one of the teachers in attendance on Tuesday, said the school visits have helped expose educators to new teaching styles and methods. “We just want to know the differences to see if it is helpful to us,” he said.
Members of the delegation spent Tuesday morning in various classrooms before gathering in the library for lunch.
An afternoon workshop covered various topics, including an introduction to American education and Western teaching; the importance of effective college guidance; the role of testing, grading, activities and volunteer service; and examples of U.S. university admission standards, among others.