Nineteen Chinese exchange students entered the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies....for one day.
Administrators from schools in the Chinese Province of Zhejiang attended a Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) workshop presented by Courtney Macdonald, the Academy’s chemistry and physics instructor. Ms. Macdonald engaged the delegation in a POGIL lesson, providing the background of the pedagogical method as the “students” participated in activities.
Following the workshop, the Chinese delegation observed Ms. Macdonald’s class as they engaged in a POGIL lesson, and had opportunities to dialogue with the Academy students. When asked by one of the delegates if the curriculum is challenging, Academy student William Yi replied, “It’s challenging, but it’s nothing we can’t handle.”
The delegation is participating in the 2019 China-US STEM Education Training Program hosted by the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics (NJCSTM) at Kean University. The training program is the follow-up to the US-China STEM Forum attended by Academy instructor Kathy McNulty held in China in June of 2019.
Upon conclusion of the lesson, Marshall Hayes, a professor in the NJCSTM at Kean University commented, “This is exactly the kind of environment and activity we want to see in our classrooms throughout the state.”
To close their time at the Academy, the delegation shared tea and conversation with John Jeffries, principal of the Academy.