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Dwight师生来访七宝德怀特

Dwight师生
来访七宝德怀特
春三月,春风送暖。随着气温逐渐升高,七宝德怀特学生与德怀特纽约校区学生之间的友谊也在逐渐升温。继今年二月七宝德怀特第二次前往美国纽约与德怀特全球学生一同参加卡内基音乐厅演奏会后,本月,七宝德怀特迎来了第一批纽约德怀特师生的回访。
次来访的纽约师生共计14人,于3月15日抵达上海。在经历了学校的课程、活动体验及校外城市文化体验等活动后,于24日结束行程返回纽约。这次旅行正巧利用了美国的春假时间,无论在时间安排还是活动内容上,都非常契合七宝德怀特和美国德怀特两校的办学理念,同时推动了两校师生间的交流互动。
访期间,纽约德怀特的14名师生与七宝德怀特师生一起,同吃同住。他们第一次体验住学校宿舍,还是上下铺四人间;他们第一次在中国的学校吃食堂的自助餐;他们第一次进入中国高中的课堂,感受中国学生真实的学术水平。许许多多的第一次,给了这群美国学生不一样的感受,也重新建立了他们对中国的认识。
此同时,美国师生的来访也给我们七宝德怀特的师生带来了许多不一样的感受。课堂上多了许多外国面孔,活动中多了许多英语交流,走廊里多了许多亲切的问候。这些并非原来没有,只是因为这群纽约朋友的来访,让我们的学生更多了一份尽地主之谊的责任。
少负责接待纽约学生的十年级志愿者是这么分享此次经历的:
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本来我会以为当纽约德怀特学生真的来的时候,会不敢与他们交流或者只与我带领的朋友交流。但因为经历过卡内基之行后,并没有想象中的那么羞涩,我也敢与他们打招呼、聊天了。记得卡内基之行时,也有类似活动,老师让我们去与德怀特同学聊天时,我和同行的伙伴一开始都是拒绝的。最后在老师们的鼓励下,我们才敢和他们交流。但那短短的一周仿佛给了我许多勇气,这次纽约德怀特学生来访的时候,我心中的惧意几乎没有了。短短的几天里给了我们很多交流的机会,甚至周五他们还参加了我们的班会。现在纽约的学生与我也是非常的熟悉,有时甚至会与我还有我们班的其他同学开玩笑,我们打心底十分喜欢纽约德怀特的学生,他们与我们班同学相处非常融洽,我们也很乐意与他们做朋友。
——10B朱兴国

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此次德怀特学生来访,最大的问题是课堂的融入,由于纽约学生不懂中文,也没有学过经济,因此在进入此类课堂时就出现了最大的困难。经济姑且听得懂,在中文的政史地课程上几乎很难开口。然而,听说是纽约学生主动要求进入中国的课堂来体验一把的,所以我们也就尽自己最大的努力向纽约学生解释,帮助他们理解教学内容。最有趣的便是体育课了,这段时间的体育课恰好在学武术,这对于纽约学生是新奇无比的,在短短两个课时中,他们展示了自己非常强的学习能力,在粗略的教导下,武术的雏形已经显现,令人刮目相看。
——10E贺昱晓

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今年寒假,我与我的队友们参加了一年一度的卡内基活动,不但使我不再畏惧和其他同学的交流,更让我体会到了纽约德怀特同学们的热情款待。因此,当我收到招募接待的邮件时,我几乎是毫不犹豫地选择参加,以回报当时他们对我们的照顾。
此次来访的德怀特学生,无论是火热的篮球场上,还是驰骋在操场上,他们一直与我们一起飞奔;无论是PE课上的中国功夫,还是数学课上的三角函数,他们都满怀热情的参与讨论;无论是课上课下的学术研讨,还是QDiscovery上音乐的交流,他们都能侃侃发声,发表自己的观点。然而,最令我印象深刻的就是在英语课上他们的发言。
我们英语课正在进行一个为期两周的报纸项目,每一个小组需要完成一份属于自己的报纸。纽约德怀特的同学的到来给我们提供了一个极好的新闻,因此,在课上我们也"近水楼台先得月"采访了他们一次。通过这一次的采访,我对他们也有了更深的了解。无论是问及学校生活的差异性和对我们学校的评价,他们都可以侃侃而谈,毫不吝啬的分享他们的意见和想法,甚至当我们问及政治和一些敏感话题时,他们也没有避而不谈,而是大胆的分享他们的所想所感,尤其是涉及政治方面,他们的侃侃而谈并不是表面文章,他们对政治的深入了解和辩证思想更让我敬佩。他们的率真和乐于分享也让我们的课堂与项目变得更加顺利有趣。
——10A 章昕

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接待纽约学生进课堂的那天,本来还担心自己的课表不太好,无法突出我们学校的学科优势,但没有想到纽约德怀特的学生都十分享受我们的课堂,尤其是中文课堂。那天语文课正在讨论人们阅读的时间和地点,老师就邀请了在场的国外学生先分享了她们的想法。还帮她们取了一个中文名字,并教她们写了简单的汉字。有趣的是,汉字不是直接由老师或我们教,而是让她们看着古代甲骨文想象出现在汉字的写法,相信这也给她们留下了深刻的印象。
——10E 严晨玮

次纽约德怀特师生的来访,除了进入学校课堂体验外,在校外也了解了不少上海的本地文化。既参观了上海博物馆、外滩、田子坊、野生动物园等标志性景点,也体验了上海花鸟市场、品茶、学做中国菜、吃火锅等地道的老上海文化。为他们的上海之行增添了浓郁的传统气息。
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Over the course of this trip, I was given the chance to meet many Qibao Dwight students and to shadow them throughout their school day. I found this aspect of the trip to be the most interesting, fun, and enriching. When I first met them I was so amazed to see how much I could connect with them over school classes/life and just about being a student in general. I also discovered, after talking to them for a while, that they are interested in the same movies, music and books as I am which is really wonderful being that they live in a different country with a completely different culture. Other times I bonded with the students were at the zoo and playing sports with them, which were both really fun. I think that I learnt the most from meeting the students because I really learnt about Chinese culture while finding the ways that our lives are different. I think that this will definitely help me in the future because I learned that I should be more opened minded to different cultures. At first I was nervous about meeting Chinese students but I came to really enjoy talking to them and learning about their lives. I also made a lot of friends who I hope to keep in touch with. I am now looking forward to Carnegie next year because I know I will have a chance to see many of the Qibao Dwight students that I met throughout the program. Overall, I really enjoyed meeting everyone and now I hope that when I am older I can travel and study abroad to learn more about different cultures!
-- Damini Kohli
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Shadowing students around Qibao Dwight High School for two days has taught me more about the culture of youth in China than I could have ever learned from a textbook. I have been fortunate enough to not only have the chance to follow them around, but to be able to connect with them as if I had known them for at least a few months. I was surprised to learn that they have the opportunity to wake up early in the morning and participate in fun and engaging sports with each other before their classes, and they were surprised to learn that we go home to our families each night and do not board at our school. Their comparatively large class sizes also interested me. It fostered more conversations among the students. Even though back in the fall I was not entirely sure what do when presented with the opportunity to travel here, I am glad that I made the decision to come to China.
-- Maxwell Feiner
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Before the trip I wasn't sure what to expect of Shanghai. I had heard it was a cultural hub, where myriad schools of thought, ethnicities, and religious groups coexisted. This description of the city made me realize that in many ways Shanghai is similar to New York. This city proved to be an extremely culturally rich one, with delightful and varied cuisines, and museums with incredible artifacts and artwork. I enjoyed the eclectic style of the city's architecture, where one could see a modest building with classic Greek columns and gold details right next to a towering glass and metal skyscraper bursting through the clouds. Staying at Qibao Dwight was also very interesting because we got to experience and learn about the Chinese student's lifestyle. Living in dorms, while a fun experience these past ten days, over a prolonged period of time could prove to be a bit overwhelming. Overall my experience in Shanghai was an extremely enriching one, and I hope in a few years I can visit again and explore even more of the city's culture.
On Saturday we went to a market. I found it very fun and a very important experience because it taught me how to bargain properly and how people are in different places. I have already been to so many places around the world, and this experience exposed me more to the difference in lifestyle people have around the world. Bargaining at the market also made me realize how big the language barrier is between China and us. Even though I am learning Chinese, it was still hard to properly understand what the people meant. There was this time where I was buying a bell set for my mom and the owner of the shop tried to tell me something about the bells but I didn't understand much of what he was trying to convey. I still found this experience really fun because I have never really bargained before in my life (I have only seen other people do it) and it was really exciting when you know you got a good deal.
Now I can successfully describe Shanghai to people. Shanghai has the same fast-pace, big-city vibe that New York does but like New York, it's very versatile in every sense. I didn't really know what to expect before coming to China, as I had never been to Asia before. Before, I didn't have much confidence in my cooking but after Marcello and I teamed up to cook sweet and sour pork and it tasted great, I can say that I'm not that bad of a cook. I think that I didn't realize how rich China's culture truly was. Everything has a backstory, which intertwines with something else, and basically everything is connected. I really like Shanghai and it was a very eye opening and educational trip. By far my favorite school trip!
-- Anika Jeyaranjan

光虽短,情意绵长。临别时大家纷纷不舍,两校师生都期待着下一次的相聚,继续共谱两校间的友谊。七宝德怀特也会继续为学生提供更多有助于彼此交流的"走出去"和"迎进来"的互访活动,为培养学生的国际视野及交流能力提供更丰富多彩的机会。
学工部 吴颖莹老师
上海七宝德怀特高级中学
2016年3月24日
  • Trips - Shanghai - 2016