On the afternoon of April 7, 2023, the SSI-L cooperation and research project seminar was held in the library conference room in the middle school department at Yuxin School Attached to Capital Normal University. Lin Jing, head of the SSI-L Project Team and director of the Science Development Department of the Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment for Basic Education Quality, Peng Menghua, leader of the SSI-L project subject guidance expert team, and a Special-Rank teacher of the Physics Department at the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, and Zhu Yujun, project disciplinary guidance expert, full-time deputy editor-in-chief and director of the editorial department of Chemistry Education of Beijing Normal University came to the school and provided guidance and discussion on the school’s curriculum design and writing with Tang Feng and Cao Xuelong, Directors of the Curriculum Center of Yuxin School Attached to Capital Normal University, and members of the Grade 7 project team.
The meeting started with Tang Feng introducing the problems encountered by the Grade 7 project team during the curriculum design process, for instance, the content the overall framework design for issue planning should contain, how to standardize the writing of curriculum implementation, and how to improve the present curriculum activity design.
The experts affirmed the feasibility of the curriculum scheme and answered questions raised by the Yuxin project team. Zhu Yujun provided specific guidance on the framework of curriculum design from both macro- and micro-level, and gave suggestions on improving the First Lesson, indicating that starting from specific cases and real-world information to stimulate students’ questioning and interests in learning, guiding students to explore the mystery or scientific principles of “alcohol”, and then discussing the general content of the curriculum is important.
Lin Jing pointed out that during the process of curriculum design, the project team should distinguish the difference and connection between the curriculum conception and learning objectives, to better construct a star chart of SSI teaching framework and assessable learning objectives. In practice, the project team could sort out and think about the “development and operation mechanism of interdisciplinary curriculums”, and sum up experiences for the follow-up development of interdisciplinary curriculums and professional development of teachers based on interdisciplinary teaching. In the implementation of the specific curriculum, it should be focused on how to take students as the main body, fully mobilize the initiatives of students’ thinking, and determine the key learning objectives of scientific thinking and practice, thus promoting the development of students’ thinking and ability.
Peng Menghua suggested that the project team should prepare classes in advance, take classes together, and experience the changeability in the classroom; the design of activities and content could be appropriately expanded, and hands-on experimental activities could be added, such as measuring the density of wine.
The SSI-L project is a further exploration of the interdisciplinary curriculum at our university, aiming to promote curriculum development, help teachers grow, and lead students to develop in a comprehensive way through collaborative research. This seminar provided suggestions on improvement and advancement for the follow-up implementation of the Grade 7 project. It was believed that with the guidance of the experts, the SSI-L project at Yuxin School can be carried forward successfully.