Follow along as our fifth graders embark on their first international PKS trip to the Yellow Mountains in China.
As the old saying goes, 千里之行，始於足下. Our journey of 1,000 li has just begun…
Almost ten years ago, I wrote an article titled "Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match." While many feared that they would need to sacrifice student engagement in the service of academic rigor, I argued strongly that academic rigor could ONLY genuinely come together with student engagement, and that truly rigorous learning at its core needed to be about exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, and pattern recognition.
"I was thrilled thrilled to have this first opportunity to be an evangelist for PKS in the PRC!" says Chris.
A personal essay by Denise Svenson, PKS Elementary Math Specialist:
“…My [temporary] presence had an obvious impact on the group dynamic. Students have had the habit of code-switching without realizing it, and the habit was impossible to break…This trip marks a rite of passage for our kids. To make it a family trip would be taking away from everything we’ve hoped for them - independence and confidence navigating in a Chinese-speaking environment.”
Mike Levy, Founding Head of the PKS middle school, recently traveled to China and sent us these updates.