It was truly an honor to chaperone our first annual ninth grade trip to Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School in Shanghai.
It was truly an honor to chaperone our first annual ninth grade trip to Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School in Shanghai. My first impression, once outside the classroom, was delight at getting to know my students in a fun, relaxed, and informal context. From the start, we joked and laughed together in way that is rare during a busy day in school. As their Asian Civilizations teacher, however, it was particularly meaningful for me to see Chinese culture come to life before their eyes. It was impressive to see the sincere respect and appreciation my students showed in our visits to historic temples and museums. On campus, I was somewhat surprised by the speed with which the students made friends with their peers at Qibao Dwight. They did so using the language of their generation: social media. Both groups of students quickly overcame any cultural barriers by chatting and sharing photos through China's version of Facebook, called WeChat. This modern twist to the trip proved to be a great way to continue student dialogue and friendship-building beyond the hours they were able to spend together in class. I am pleased to hear that, by leveraging technology, many of our students' newfound friendships are continuing to thrive well after the trip. –Thomas Stabb, Dean of Ninth Grade
- Trips - Shanghai - 2016