On the morning of July 6, 2021, from 8:30 to 12:00, the Beijing Group of the Socio-scientific Issues Learning Project of Beijing Normal University held a seminar in Boya Auditorium of Changping No. 1 High School. The regional leader Mr. Peng Menghua, SSI-L project leader Dr. Lin Jing, and subject expert Ms. Yu Xiaoya guided the seminar. Ms. Yu Xiaoya from Beijing Institute of Education, together with Mr. Zhou Youxiang from Changping No. 1 High School, hosted the online-and-offline seminar, which was participated by a large number of backbone teachers from partner schools in Beijing.
Ms. Pan Chunyue, the Principal of Changping No.1 High School gave a speech to welcome the participating experts and teachers. Mr. Zhou Youxiang, Director of the Center of Curriculum and Teaching of Changping No.1 High School and SSI-L Program Executive, then lectured on the school’s understanding and planning of the SSI-L program, highlighting the team formation and program design in the preliminary preparation work. He also talked about the five confusions in the school’s work, which were answered in sequence by Mr. Peng Menghua.
Mr. Han Lixin from the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University introduced the school’s SSI-L project, “Preserving Tradition or Pioneering Innovation?”. He talked about the school’s SSI-L curriculum, which links science, art and topics, and shared their experience in teacher preparation, curriculum implementation and student outcomes.
Ms. Zhao Yan from Beijing 101 Middle School introduced the school’s SSI-L project, “Paper Recycling on Campus”, by showing a video of students making recycled paper and sharing the experience in implementing the program. In addition to this one, the school also developed two other SSI-L activities, “Research on the Status of Garbage Sorting Implementation in Beijing” and “Research on the Status of Garbage Sorting Implementation in Yuanmingyuan”, forming a cluster of topics with “garbage sorting” as the core within the school.
Ms. Min Jia from the High School Affiliated to East China University of Political Science and Law participated remotely through the Tencent conference room to introduce his school’s SSI-L project on “White Pollution Prevention”. This project was designed to carry out the research in terms of physics and chemistry. The implementation process was interdisciplinary and cross-curricular, added by studies from history and geography, in a way to investigate the implementation of “plastic limit order” from the perspective of time and space. Students worked together to discuss the results.
Ms. Jia Qian from Beijing No. 9 High School presented their SSI-L project, “Multidisciplinary and Multidimensional Analysis of Scientific Prevention and Control of Novel Coronavirus”. The issue focused on the scientific nature of pandemic prevention and control measures through hands-on experiments, which were closely related to students’ daily lives and stimulated their interest in research.
Ms. Li Xinwei from Yuxin School Attached to CNU introduced the school’s “Traditional Culture Education” program. In the topics of “Ethnic Crafts” and “Intangible Cultural Heritage”, students experienced traditional Chinese arts and crafts, such as Chinese knots, sword casting, Purple Clay Pot, and Suzhou embroidery; the topic of “Clothing” gave an overview on the development and evolution of Chinese clothing and shed light on the design of today’s clothing; and the topic of “Communication” reviewed the wisdom of etiquette, communication, and emotions of ancient people.
Dr. Lin Jing summarized the seminar, re-emphasizing the concepts and principles that need to be upheld in the development and implementation of SSI-L project, highlighting the scientific, social, ethical, and open nature of the topics, strengthening students’ hands-on participation to enhance their core competencies, and establishing moral education. She also discussed the next steps with the teachers present, including the development and implementation of the issues and the writing of class examples, and raised higher expectations for the partner schools. Finally, Dr. Lin Jing and Mr. Peng Menghua awarded honorary certificates of appointment as subject guidance experts to Ms. Yu Xiaoya and Mr. Zhou Youxiang, and honorary certificates to the teachers who reported on the seminar.