一位美国高中生眼中的少年派

时间:2017-08-10 作者:Meggie Li 学校:云南保山永安明德小学

2017年春季,一位来自美国的15岁华裔高中生Meggie Li,作为少年派的驻校志愿者,前往云南腾冲永安明德小学任教。这期间,她又会有怎样的经历与感触呢,一起看看她眼中的少年派和中国农村教育。

初 遇 云 南

In the spring of 2017, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Yunan for one month. Most importantly, I got the chance to volunteer and help out Teacher He at a rural elementary school in the village of Youngan near the city of Tengchong in the province of Yunan working with Shao Nian Pai.

2017年的春季,我得到这次难得的机会,有幸在中国云南待了1个月的时间。更重要的是我得到一次志愿者交流机会,去到云南省腾冲市永安村山区的一个乡村小学,成为当地何老师的助手,做一名少年派iPad课堂助教。 

My experience working in China was incredible. When I first arrived at the school, I was amazed by the beautiful scenery in the surrounding. From the school, you could see the backdrop of the Gaoligong mountains and the large fields of rice and canola crops with the local farmers and cattle working in them. This was definitely a change of scenery that I was used to seeing back home like busy roads filled with automobiles, neighborhoods, and businesses.

The lifestyles of the people in and around the school were a contrast from the lifestyles of people in my city. Most of these people made a living through agriculture and other basic services unlike in America where most of the economy revolves around more developed and advanced services and technology. Still, I observed some interesting things during my stay. For example, I was surprised by the large number of people in the countryside that owned phones and used the internet. It's amazing how far technology has spread in so little time. 

我在中国学习工作的经历难以置信。一到达那个乡村学校,我就被它周边迷人的自然环境所吸引了。站在校园中,你就可以远远看到高黎贡山的背影,以及种满水稻和油菜的农田,和在农田里工作的农民和牛群。这和我在美国生活的场景——车辆往来频繁的高速公路、民居社区和商业门店等大相径庭。

学校里的人和周边居民的生活方式也和我在家里感受到的有很大不同。这边当地居民大多数通过传统农业和其他一些基本的服务业来谋生,而我在美国所生活的城市,人们多数从事一些更加成熟的产业或高科技行业等。尽管如此,我在这里还是观察到其他一些有趣的现象。比如我非常惊讶在乡村居然有如此众多的人们使用手机和互联网,科技的传播之广之快令人难以置信! 


iPad 课 堂

At the school, the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly to me. With the guidance of teacher He, I helped with an iPad class for 3rd and 4th graders. Even though I have trouble reading Chinese, I still knew how to use iPad and other everyday basic skills related to technology. I helped the kids learn how to use different apps and navigate through the iPad like how to turn on and off the Wi-Fi. Along the way, I learned how to use some new apps as well.

All the kids were always excited for iPad class. It was their special chance to get to interact with technology each school week and they got to play games on the iPad at the end of class if they behaved well. We also went over some practical life skills that they may not be able to learn in regular classes like time management lessons.

 I'm glad I was able to help them learn how to use iPad and technology in general. Technology and devices are becoming more and more important to the world. So many things nowadays rely on technology and it is a way to connect people. By learning about technology in the class, the students will be more prepared for the future and it helps them broaden their horizon.  Through the use of technology, I was able to stay in touch with my friends back home using the app WeChat.

学校里老师们对我也是特别的友好和关照。在何老师的指导下,我进入3年级和4年级的学生的班级给何老师做助教。我的中文识字水平很有限,但不妨碍我帮助同学们学习使用iPad ,并向他们介绍日常电子产品使用的一些常识。我给他们演示了如何使用不同的软件,如何使用无线网。在这个过程中,我也学习到很多新的应用程序。

几乎所有的学生都喜欢上iPad课,这个很不同寻常的学习机会,让每个学生都在上课期间和科技接轨。上课表现好的学生课后得到奖励,可以有多余的时间在iPad上玩一会儿游戏。我们也帮助学生们学习一些在其他常规课程中无法学到的日常生活的必备知识,比如如何进行时间管理。

我很高兴能够帮他们了解一些电子产品的常识。科技和电子设备对当今世界越来越重要了。在现实社会中,很多方面都依赖于技术而得以发展完善,科技成为我们连接世界的手段。 通过掌握这些技术和设备的使用,学生们可以为未来步入社会做更好的准备,同时也拓展他们的视野。通过科技,我可以使用微信,和在美国学校里的同学们保持沟通。 


教 学 观 察

The school that I volunteered at had many differences compared to the schools I grew up at in America. When I had spare time, I was able to observe several classes taught by other teachers like math and English. I observed some distinctions in the teaching styles and the classroom environment in general.

The teachers were stricter and the classroom was more structured. The students were held to a higher standard and I felt like they had military-like behaviors in the classroom. Unlike in America, they were all expected to stand to attention and greet/address the teacher or adults with a salute every time they entered and left the classroom and when they spoke in the class. It seemed like they did not have as much freedom as the students in America.

Another interesting thing is that pretty much all the students lived at the school during the school week. Therefore, everyone had chores and duties that they had to fulfill like sweeping the floors and watering the plants in the gardens. It amazed me how independent the students were at such a young age. They did not get to see their families often and when they got to go home on the weekends, many of their parents did not live with them because they worked elsewhere. They had to learn how to take care of themselves and possibly even their siblings. I only wish my sisters could learn a little from them.

Another interesting observation was that the school was fairly new and accommodating, especially compared to the buildings surrounding it. I realized that some of the students may have better conditions at the school than at their own houses. My stay at the school has made me recognize how blessed and privileged I am to have grown up in such a great environment. It helped me learn to appreciate what I have and to always be positive and thankful.

我作为志愿者所在的这个学校,和我之前在美国呆过的学校有很大的不同。我在闲暇时间观察到其他老师们在课堂上教授数学和英文时的一些有趣现象。

他们的教学方式和课堂环境和我们的有着很大的不同。总的来说,这里的老师更加严格,教室布置也更加有结构化和条理化。老师们对学生的要求很高,我感觉课堂上更像军事化的学习。 和美国的学校不同,这里的学生们在走进教室和离开教室、或者在课堂发言的时候都需要向老师致敬和问候。 感觉他们没有太多的自由和灵活性。

另一个有趣的事儿是几乎所有的学生都是寄宿在学校。所以每个学生都会被安排各种日常生活中的家务事或者小任务,比如扫地,浇花等。这个年龄阶段的孩子所展现的独立性让我非常惊异!他们无法经常和家人见面,只有周末时候才可以回家团聚。许多孩子甚至不和他们的父母同住,因为父母都去外地打工去了。他们不得不学着如何照顾自己,甚至他们年幼的兄弟姐妹。我真希望我的妹妹们可以从他们身上学到些东西。

相较于周边民宿和建筑,这个学校还算比较新,条件也不错,我想或许对有些学生来讲,这里的条件可能比他们家里的还好一些。在学校的这段时间让我觉得自己的生活是如此地幸运。它帮助我学习以一种积极的心态去感恩我所拥有的一切。

  

In conclusion, my trip to China was an eye-opening experience. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. I will forever cherish the memories I made.

总而言之,我今次在中国的旅行大大开拓了我的眼界,我非常感激大家给我的这个机会,在那里的美好记忆会让我一生珍藏!


 志愿者妈妈说

2014年,我在北京第一次接触到少年派项目,令我印象深刻,就萌生了等女儿年龄大一点后参与实践的想法。Meggie听后也非常兴奋,表示愿意参与。等了2年多,她这个愿望终于在她15岁生日后得以实现。

在中国的那段日子,Meggie惊异于中国的发展速度,感叹于科技和互联网的力量,沉浸于少年派的课程设计。她见证了项目老师的努力和付出,为同学们带来如此鲜活的教育形式,让他们通过互联网了解到外面的世界。

我非常感谢少年派的创始人Echo、何老师和其他项目成员,在那段日子里,大家互相关心、相互鼓励,给Meggie留下人生最美妙的记忆,开拓了视野并体验到了中西方文化的差异。我也感谢永安明德小学老师们的支持和当地村民的质朴款待,期待未来有机会回访交流。

Meggie以后将继续和老师们的合作,以制作视频或远程实时视频的形式为学生们分享更多美国学校学习和生活的片段,与大家共同进步!

也祝愿少年派项目继续成功运作,用科技去改变和影响更多学生们的未来!

  

文章节选自《China Experience》

原创文章 作者:Meggie Li

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