Shanghai Diaries – Georgie Samuel (Goldswoth Primary) & Katy Tolan (North Downs)
Sunday 17th September 2017
We arrived safely after a good flight, in Pudong airport at 8.45am. We were taken by coach to the Radisson Blu hotel in Nanjing Street, opposite the People’s Square. After a quick shower and a change, we headed off on a sightseeing adventure. First up was the Bund area across the river with breathtaking views of the many skyscrapers.
Then we headed along the riverside promenade before turning into the Old Town. We grabbed lunch from the Bazaar area and an equivalent Chinese food hall before browsing the many gift shops in the Bazaar area and surrounding streets. A magnum helped us make our way back to the hotel for a quick R&R before welcome drinks at 6pm.
We finished the evening with a celebratory cocktail from the bar at the top of the hotel, boasting incredible views across the city at night.
Saturday 23rd September 2017
We enjoyed a long lie in, yes!
After a late leisurely breakfast, we met with our host for the next week in school for a day of sightseeing. What lovely hosts they were! Yan and Ho collected us from the hotel and took us to the Oriental TV tower, the tallest building in Shanghai.
We went as high up as you are permitted to go, to the second ball. The lift up was so fast your ears pop! The views from the top, despite the rain and misty weather, were awesome. It is amazing to see how vast Shanghai is!
Sunday 24th September 2017
It was an early start with a workshop at the hotel and we were all concerned when “variation” was announced as the mornings topic! We needn’t have been as it was a very useful morning. Debbie summarised Dr Gu’s lecture on variation to draw out the key features of both Conceptual and Procedural variation.
We were then taught a lesson on subtraction using decomposition by one of the Shanghai teachers. After coffee, we held a TRG and drew out the features of a mastery lesson as well as specifically identifying when and where Conceptual and procedural variation. Ration had been used and the impact on the learning.
We spent the afternoon at Yu gardens, despite the rain which were beautiful and provided calm and peace after concentrating at the morning workshop.
Back to the hotel for a scrumptious afternoon tea in the revolving restaurant. Then time for some exercise in the pool and some much needed relaxation with a full body massage! Possibly the best either of us have ever had!
We rounded off the day with snacks and drinks in the bar but ended up doing more socialising than working and drinking a bit more than we had planned!
Monday 25th September 2017
After being taught a basic dance step by a child each, we met with the Maths workgroup to discuss the grade 2 lesson we saw this morning and finally we started to work on our lesson design for the lesson we will teach to a Grade 2 class tomorrow morning.
Back at the hotel Katy and I continued to work on our lesson design and PPT together after which we were exhausted! So, it was a quick meal at the buffet and bed for us!