One of our most exciting projects that have become a part of our IB CAS program is the work our students organized with the local Migrant schools of Beijing. It is a programme that contributes towards the efforts of a larger Migrant Schools Project in the Beijing area organised by the Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF).
Our current year 13 students visited on a regular basis the children from a local migrant school. They undertook the teaching of mainly English (along with some Maths, Science and other subjects) to a group of 18 pupils. BSB students have to initiate the teaching plan, work out how to deliver the work (write up their lesson plan) then implement the learning for the children over a series of lessons. In this last year they have delivered lessons on Colours, Numbers, Food and parts of the body. They have also taught PE lessons, Art lessons and a Science lesson. Their visits are usually comprised of a block of three sessions over consecutive weeks (on a Saturday). These can number up to 8 different blocks (24 Sessions).
As the observer (I do not give any input unless requested by our students) – it is a privilege to watch how both sets of students develop and adapt to their sessions. BSB students take great pride in the delivery of their carefully prepared lessons, generally with a lot of work being put in to make the resources and in the variety of tasks, so that the pupils get many different types of learning within the lesson. They sometimes sing songs to help with word recall or play competitive games to encourage the pupils to work at their understanding. The migrant children, in turn, react very positively to this by actively engaging in the tasks they are being set. They are always eager to greet the BSB students when they arrive.
As an ‘end of year’ final lesson, BSB students invited the Migrant Children to our campus where they gave them a PE lesson in our Sports Dome (along with a session of why exercise is good for you) and an art lesson where they made a snow globe to take home. At the end of the day we gave them a “xmas” party and a small gift to help them celebrate our traditions.
We will be continuing this great work next year with our current year 12 students. It has taught BSB students: compassion (seeing what little these children have), patience (in encouraging participation from the children), commitment (regularly attending the planning sessions and the lessons themselves for delivery) and team work (appreciating each other’s strengths and ensuring that all BSB students are able to contribute). For the migrant children it has given them an insight into our culture, a willingness to participate (even when they are unsure) and a resilience to keep trying when they know the BSB students have gone to so much trouble to create their lesson. As a teacher this is a very rewarding observation of both sets of students.
Please see above video made as a creative part of one student’s CAS portfolio, this was in addition to the work carried out at the migrant school for the pupils.
Update from: Ms. Colleen Usher, IB CAS Coordinator
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