In mid-September, Melody Tang, a teacher at the World Foreign Language Middle School in Shanghai, visited Harker as part of the Global Education annual teacher exchange between the two schools. During her visit, Tang had the opportunity to visit the lower, middle and upper school campuses.
“I have observed so many lessons, and they have all different characteristics, and I like them very much,” Tang said.
On her visit to the lower school, she taught a lesson on the autumn festival, which is celebrated in China. She also let students “write a poem about the moon, and they were very interested in that.”
Tang also received a lot of encouragement from Harker’s middle school teachers. “I have learned a lot of practical reading and writing skills, and these teachers are so kind and so helpful,” Tang said. “They recommended to me some books about reading and writing.”
Of the upper school campus, Tang noticed that students “take an active part in class discussion.” She also enjoyed the general atmosphere of the campus, and said “the teachers are very professional and they give a lot of useful guidance and advice.”
During her visit, Tang also enjoyed some leisurely activities, including a day trip to San Francisco, where she and Kate Shanahan, K-5 English department chair, visited the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf.