Improve Quality of Teaching in Rural China

 
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Teachers are key to quality education

Teachers are key to quality education
Sun Huimiao has been a rural teacher for over a decade. She has a strong sense of justice and care for all students--not just those with the best grades. With RCEF’s help, she leads other teachers in her school to experiment with new curriculum and teaching methods. She said, “Before, whenever I had ideas, I would just stay quiet because I felt nobody would understand. After RCEF came to our school, I felt happier and more confident to try new things in my teaching. It feels really good. " (view small | med | large | orig)

Mini Field Trips

Mini Field Trips
Creative rural teachers see even rainy days as teaching moments. This third grade class took a field trip to a gully outside the school to make mud sculptures. They then formed small groups and wove each students' creation together into stories that they shared with the other groups. This exercised their creativity imagination, team work, and speaking skills. RCEF teachers find new and innovative ways to teach and stimulate learning - sometimes they are done better outside the classroom. (view small | med | large | orig)

Fourth Graders put on mock wedding

Fourth Graders put on mock wedding
Fostering pride in rural culture and lifestyles is a goal of RCEF. These fourth graders prepared the props and roles for their own rural mock wedding to share a local custom with their American pen pals. They went around the school to acquire the materials and make their props, including a huge "Double Happiness" character they cut themselves out of red paper. (view small | med | large | orig)

Science is Fun

Science is Fun
RCEF works to spark children's curiosity and natural interest in learning so that they will do better in school and be able to apply knowledge to real life. We strive to find ways for students to learn about scientific concepts not from simply reading about them in textbooks but rather through experiencing them in hands-on experiments. (view small | med | large | orig)

Express Yourself

Express Yourself
Fostering speaking skills and creativity are strongly emphasized as part of RCEF's teaching methods. While many rural students are shy and traditional classrooms offer little chance for them to grow in self-confidence or express their own opinions, RCEF gives rural students space to develop their own voice and talents through theater and drama activities. (view small | med | large | orig)

Community Research

Community Research
RCEF aims for schooling to advance community development. Here, a student practices interviewing and data-collection skills by talking with a villager about what kind of books she prefers for a new village library. Afterwards, he adds his findings to the class and they perform simple statistical analysis to decide how many books of each category to purchase. They feel that their work and learning has a real effect and is important to benefiting their community. (view small | med | large | orig)

Inviting in guests from the community

Inviting in guests from the community
RCEF teachers reach out to parents and community members to get involved in education. Here, a local grandmother comes to tell stories to a class while her husband is in a neighboring class giving a living history lesson to the sixth graders about his experiences in the village during Mao's time. Similarly, we strive to bring students out into the real world to learn from people in society, whether through interviewing, observations, or hands-on projects. (view small | med | large | orig)

First Graders love reading

First Graders love reading
A lifelong habit and love of reading is crucial to broadening rural students' horizons and helping them to become independent learners. RCEF starts early by promoting free reading and access to quality children's books in rural elementary schools. Here, first graders in Shanxi Province pose with their beloved "Big Book." (view small | med | large | orig)

Front page of a student-run newspaper

Front page of a student-run newspaper
We help students organize clubs and projects in which they can take the lead, such as creating a school newspaper. Most newspapers in rural schools are simply filled with essays students copy from other books. However, this one was planned by the sixth grade class and filled entirely with writings and reports from children at the school. They even voted on the name: "Rising Sun." (view small | med | large | orig)
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Project Leader

Diane Geng

Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director
Rochester, New York United States

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