In order to promote the SSI-L activity plan with high quality for each school, the project group regularly arranges online seminars for each grade. The online seminar of national high school section was held at 7:00-9:00 pm of March 24 in Tencent Online Conference Room. The online seminar was hosted by Tan Yongping, the leader of national high school section and Director of Biology Office of People’s Education Publishing House, and participated by backbone teachers and AISL subject guiding experts from high school section of six partner schools, and leaders and backbone teachers of other grades.
Zhang Aidi, the new member of SSI-L project of Beijing No.9 Middle School, and the leader of geography teaching and research group, shared her previous teaching case of “The Influence of Cultural District Reconstruction on Geographical Environment in Moshikou Area”. Based on this topic, the attending experts and teachers carried out discussion on how to develop this topic into the socio-scientific issues learning. Lin Jing believed that SSI-L is the exploration of interdisciplinary and complex issues, which should focus on the deep integration among subjects. Lin suggested that the SSI-L activity should start from star chart, focusing on driving questions and forming the structure of the issue, and then the learning activities shall be implemented. Tan Yongping suggested sorting out the purposes of SSI-L activity. Zhang Aidi replied that the topic of Moshikou reconstruction is suitable for SSI-L activity. Jia Qian, from Beijing No.9 Middle School, confirmed the report of Zhang Aidi, and shared her personal experience from the perspective of frontline teachers. She also believed that SSI-L activity is in line with the objective of college entrance examination. Additionally, after participating SSI-L learning, Jia Qian has found herself using the interdisciplinary concept without awareness and actively implementing the teaching practice. Peng Menghua believed that students should use knowledge of all subjects to solve real problems, so it is important to focus on the deep integration among subjects. For example, in the case of Moshikou reconstruction, there are still more controversial topics that can be cultivated to implement activities accordingly.
Tan believed that when resolving complex problems, students can be encouraged and trained to use network thinking, instead of linear thinking. It was also suggested to add more factors such as science, society, culture, politics, religion, and ethics, and focus on the organic integration of these factors. Zhang replied that it is easy to integrate the subjects of history, geography, and politics, while it is difficult to integrate the subjects of biology, chemistry, and physics. Tan believed that there is not much significance if the inter-discipline is rigid, so it is necessary to consider from the perspective of interdisciplinary integration and play an innovative role. Lin believed that the pressure of high school entrance examination and college entrance examination of this semester is relatively high, so teachers of all subjects should integrate their power and develop SSI-L courses with joint effort. It is important to determine the objectives of SSI-L activity, and pay attention to scientific practices (e.g., scientific verification and scientific reasoning) under the background of deep interdisciplinary integration. Based on many years of teaching experience, Peng pointed out that what the experiments students do in middle school stage is lifelong beneficial, because students can truly understand the knowledge after actual operation, which does not conflict with the college entrance examination. On the other hand, too much exercise on the book is not good for students’ growth. Today, the society lacks the talents with both theoretical and practical abilities. Tan suggested that from now on each base school should base on the previous experience and plan, implement the plans that have not achieved, and consider more about the demands of SSI-L when integrating existing accomplishment, so as to promote SSI-L to achieve better results in base schools.