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Post time 2018-11-27 16:51:33 |Display all floors

British math teachers in Shanghai.


In what has often been described as a golden age of Sino-UK relations, one of the brightest lights is the vibrant exchange of math teachers.

The UK department of education and Shanghai education commission signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday to kick off the third round of exchange, now including secondary schools.

This time, 86 primary school teachers from England will spend eight days in local schools, learning the Shanghai math approach and observing how teachers deliver the curriculum. A similar number of Shanghai teachers will visit the UK in January next year to demonstrate the methodology with English kids.

In September 2010, UK’s National College for Teaching and Leadership signed an agreement with Shanghai Normal University on teacher training. The UK sent 50 teachers to Shanghai in 2013 and 2014 for short-term training, while a delegation of Shanghai teachers visited the UK in 2013.

The Shanghai approach is supported by well-crafted mathematical models and problems, as well as practice materials that focus on the most critical aspects of mathematical learning.

The math teacher exchange is the first funded by a developed country for Chinese teachers.

The program began in September 2014 when 60 teachers from England arrived in Shanghai to watch math teaching in local schools, while 60 Shanghai teachers visited UK between November 2014 and March 2015. The number of participating teachers from each side has increased year by year to 86 this year.

To date, 548 British and Chinese teachers have benefited from the program and about 12,000 British teachers have observed Shanghai teachers at work when they taught at schools in England.

The Shanghai model is now used in 5,000 primary schools in England.

Charlie Stripp, director of Britain’s National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, said the program will now be expanded to secondary schools.

“We are trying to change teaching for the long term,” he said. “What we hope is that in another five years, when the program has been running for 10 years in total, there will be a real transformation in the way that we teach math in the UK and our children will be doing better and achieving much more.”

Besides teacher exchange, the UK has also imported textbooks. Real Shanghai Mathematics, the English version of mathematics textbooks used in Shanghai’s primary schools, includes eight textbooks and practice books.


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Post time 2018-11-27 22:47:10 |Display all floors
Shanghai is far from top-notch in China in terms of math teaching at primary and high schools.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2018-11-28 11:58:27 |Display all floors
This exchange will benefit Britain more than it would China.

Why do the exchange in the first place when the results speak for themselves -- math scores of Chinese 5th graders are way above those of British children.

It is like Donald Trump exchanging his experience in teaching ethics with Honest Abe (Abraham Lincoln) on how to back out of signed deals.

What has Honest Abe got to learn from The Donald?

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Post time 2018-11-28 13:44:11 |Display all floors
The Brits are very shrewd.  You've got to give it to them for their 'depravity' in the so-called exchange for the good of their country.

The Chinese are foolish to have allowed the exchange to take place as if it were a great honor for an industrial power like Britain to want to learn from China.

Little do they know that the worth of this exchange is incalculable in the long run.

It cannot be measured in trillions of pounds that the Brits will gain or save in their economy now that a firm math foundation has been laid in their school system.

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Post time 2018-11-28 15:17:32 |Display all floors
westerners do not know how to calculate, so Chinese can easily deceive them in the shop, but Britain seems naive in doing Brexit, it is not someting about maths, it is about life.

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Post time 2018-11-28 20:16:14 |Display all floors
kevinruud Post time: 2018-11-28 15:17
westerners do not know how to calculate, so Chinese can easily deceive them in the shop, but Britain ...

That's a classic example of miscalculation on the UK's part.
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Post time 2018-12-2 16:48:26 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2018-11-28 20:16
That's a classic example of miscalculation on the UK's part.

But to derive full benefit from the exchange on math teaching, they will have to learn the chinese language too.

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