Engaging the community in one’s reflection
Every person has a role to play in the process of transforming the curriculum into a livable experience; a process in which learning experiences connect understandings from all subjects, and also make use of the city spaces for our students see that their skills are needed. Teachers, parents, administrators, policy makers, and practically everyone who comes into contact with the real lives of students are potential instruments to lead, accompany and provoke action in the learning that occurs in our community- we only need to understand that we acquire skills to understand and improve the community we live in, not to become isolated.
For a context like the one Mainland China provides us, every opportunity we have to foster emotional and social literacy in students must be taken in order to get learners to practice their critical and human skills. The size of the unknown and unexplored is so vast that there is room for testing how much we can do with what we know in various corners of a neighborhood, a city, and a province.
I am happy to share a summary of students’ reflections they consistently did for the duration of the experience in a video journal, which is only one of the strategies used to support students’ language development. This reflections, in the shape of a video, were used to open the assembly in which they presented a summary of their experiences and learning to the school community. PYP 5 and 6, as well as the whole MYP Programs were present.