Former Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
Richard W. Clark
Former Visiting Associate Professor, Human & Community Development
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and 4-H Youth Development - Metro
Former Outreach Initiative Specialist
Former Director of Web Development
Former Extension Educator, Youth Development
JoAn C. Todd
Former Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Former Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development - Metro
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
Our visit to Pudong Middle School yesterday was very interesting and very successful! The reason for visiting this particular school was that the English language department of our host university, Sanda, has established an outreach reading program there. We had the pleasure of visiting one of the reading lectures and were very impressed by the teaching technique. The teachers in the program are student volunteers from Sanda and they use e-books to illustrate the stories they read and discussed with their young students. We had a lot of fun listening to the students discussing the story of the witches Greta and Angela!
Patti and Judy also introduced their program "Teachable Moments" to the school, and they will probably pilot test the program in the near future.
After the school visit the group went to downtown Shanghai and got a first taste of the traffic jam in and around the city. We had more of that today! We spent the evening walking the city marveling at the mixture of new and old and enjoying the lights in Nanjing Road and at the Bund.
Today we took a trip to Zhu Jia Jiao, a 500 year old town which is surrounded by small farms and crossed by many canals. It is also called the "Venice of China." After a trip of about two hours we spent the day walking the old, narrow streets, learning about the history and architecture of the town and taking a gondola ride on one of the canals. It was very interesting to watch the street vendors prepare different types of food although the only things we were brave enough to taste were sweets :-) On the way back we got stuck in the Shanghai rush hour and it took us forever to get back. The traffic is unbelievable and the style of driving is scary!
After dinner we had a first group meeting and discussed the last few days. So far, the group is very satisfied with the results of our efforts. All the workshops on Friday have been very well attended - we all had between sixty and seventy students and all of the presenters reported a very good feedback. Also the meetings with Sanda administration went very well and the interest in the 4-H program is huge. Sanda would like to become one of the first sites in China to start 4-H. We are working on the details! We all feel that we have made wonderful and fruitful personal contacts that will enable us to continue working on common programs and ideas.
Tomorrow morning we will leave Shanghai by train and go to Hangzhou where we will visit the West Lake in the afternoon. More from there!
I will add more pictures as soon as possible - Internet access is still limited and challenging at times!