In this class, many things for me are new things that I have never experienced before, such as the STARS program, and the Collaborative Conversation. The Collaborative Conversation this year was on December 14, 2015. Although with the help of my instructors and peers, I prepared well for the event. I was still worried about my English was not good, and my presentation was not attractive. So before the event, I did not expect I could learn something from it, just hoped that night would end soon.
Around 5:15 pm, we started with a 30 seconds “Elevator Pitch”. After I finished mine, my face was flushed, because it’s my first spoke in front of this many strangers in America. Then I gradually calm down because Jo Ann and Daniel were in my table for my first round. First I briefly introduced my background, and talked about the problem of education in China. Education in China nowadays is undergoing a big reformation and trying to transform teacher-centered mode to students-centered mode. However, there isn’t any specific guideline for teachers to design every class with reform-minded concepts. Most of teachers are more comfortable with teacher-centered teaching. Also, students are used to passively accepting knowledge as well, and aren’t willing to think actively. Then I briefly talked about my experiences of student-centered learning in U.S. Finally I asked my guests how I could implement the student-centered mode in China Surprisingly, the conversation went better than I though. Regardless there was a moment I forgot what I was going to say, I talked many of the education in China with my guests. And they really gave me many great suggestions, like I could make use of white board to create collaboratively working time for the students. For the second round, there was a nice teacher even said he was going to sharing his resource with me.
I felt so happy because people did care about your problems, and they did think carefully, and gave many doable ideas. After the presentation, I talked with Anam, and told her this is much more helpful than I imagined before. She completely agreed with me, and said she even wanted more collaborative conversation. We were so happy at the end of the day, and I’m so glad I did the collaborative conversation.