New Jersey hosts Chinese delegates in hopes of sharing teaching techniques

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Hannah Kriney

Delegates from schools in China visited the Scotch Plains-Fanwood district on Nov. 30 to learn more about American school customs, in hopes of bringing back new teaching techniques to their classrooms in China.
The delegates were here on a program with Kean University, which involved visiting schools like SPFHS. The trip was lead by Li Salewski, the mandarin teacher at SPFHS, who welcomed the teachers and also translated conversations for them. The visitors may not have spoken English, but they learned a lot from their experience here.  
During the course of the day, the visitors from China explored the school district and observed the teaching techniques used in our classrooms, ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade.  They were then able to ask questions and compare their classrooms back in China to the ones here.
“We saw the teachers respect students, that’s what we will bring back to China and that was what we think how the environment is totally different from China,” Chinese delegate Jianming Cai said.  “We hope that by us coming to America more, hopefully in the future, some students will go to China to visit so we can improve on each side.”
Thanks to Kean University’s program, educators in both New Jersey and China can hopefully improve their schools by utilizing techniques from each other.