Dear SAIS Community,
Thank you for your patience as we continue to follow the guidance of the Shenzhen Education Bureau and the Shenzhen Outbreak Prevention and Control Command on our reopening. According to their latest guidelines, we are hoping to reopen grades 4 and up on May 11th, followed by grades 1-3 on May 18th. We will continue providing details as we have them, including specific guidelines for returning students.
This week, because of the May 1st holiday, there won’t be any online instruction on Friday. We will also not have community meeting on that day.
For all students and families, please mark your calendars for our Virtual Exhibition of Learning at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 9th. We are excited to continue to provide a meaningful venue for students to share and celebrate their work and learning at SAIS this semester. More details will be forthcoming on this as we get closer to June.
Please continue to stay safe and as always, thank you for all your support for your students’ learning during this time and enjoy the long weekend!
The SAIS Leadership Team
Today we are examining a project that our Middle School students have been working on.
The project itself began with the question:
Have you ever wondered what happens when Earth runs out of resources for us to use?
The initial work would then examine the issue of sustainability. As the project plan said:
We will explore what it means to create something that can be used over and over again so that we can continue living on our planet.
One interesting and key to how a project develops is to create learning milestones. These milestones can examine an area of a project that at first sight may appear to be tangental to the main theme but actually come about because of the student’s increased understanding of how the main theme impacts more than the obvious.
One milestone of the sustainability project was the question of how ever limited resources affect different groups of people. In this case the students understood that those with wealth and power may well be sheltered from reduced availability of resources because they could afford to pay the inevitable increase in prices but rather than study the rich they determined to understand the effects of poverty. To again quote from the project plan:
Although this project was STEM led Students engaged with a number of resources across many disciplines – history, language arts, social studies, art, and STEM to conduct their research.
The groups researched poverty in each of their assigned countries and produced excellent PowerPoint presentations. The quality of the powerpoints was excellent – showing that it is not only important to have a grasp of the subject but being able to present in a powerful way creates an impact in the minds of the audience that improves the chance of them being moved to action.
Here the Germany group examine whether poverty has changed since the re-unification of Germany.
Does the wealthier a country is mean poverty is reduced? Interesting statistics from the US.
This project is an excellent example of how Project Based Learning can bring together multiple subjects into one study. We see literacy through the research and writing that needs to be done from the beginning and throughout the project, using maths to collate statistics and present in graphical form, social studies in understanding more about a country the students are probably less familiar with, and science with understanding about viral infections.
The Middle School were able to then build personal confidence by presenting their findings to teachers and parents. This ability to communicate effectively is a huge strength that is surprisingly lacking in many people.
Well done Middle School!