Teach World History，Are there any differences between Chinese and American classrooms?
There are many, many, many differences. I think the most notable one is that American classes are discussion based. Students must discuss with the teacher about the topic during the class. If they do not, they might lose points for the day. It is okay to disagree with the teacher. Asking questions and challenging the teacher are the best ways that we learn in the USA. China would see this “challenging the teacher” as disrespectful. Chinese teachers fear this and I think they should embrace it. People are wrong and there is not way that someone can be right all the time.
They are really wonderful. They want to learn. If you can be with people who want to learn about world history，your job is gonna to be easier. And they are very hardworking. I had no heasitation to teach Chinese students world history. I just knew it would be a pleasure.
As for you, what’s the factor that affects the participation of students in World history?What advice for them?
In the course of history teaching, how to stimulate interest is the best teacher, I do my best to give them topics that they will be interested in. Although history is a record of the past, the past was once as living as the present. Teachers should make the cold written history into living historical facts and try to improve student's interest in learning history.
About the advice，Oh, it’s a big one. I can give you some small tips.History has its own characteristics, that is, students need to master a lot of historical facts, form perceptual knowledge, and have more important time, characters and events to remember. Teachers should try to improve the immediacy of classroom teaching, such as the immediacy of blackboard writing design, classroom teaching content and so on, so that students are interested in learning history.Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We all have made mistakes.
What is the most fulfilling thing or stage of your life right now?
Probably, I think every teacher will be happy to see the progress of students. I am always glad when our students have achieved a small or significant victory. I was very happy when I found that study had become an indispensable part of my student life..
What qualities, skills and experience do you think a teacher should have?
A teacher should enjoy spending time with his or her students. If we take a genuine interested in our students’ academic needs, and if students feel respected and acknowledged, they will be motivated to learn.