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British teacher draws on traditional Chinese texts

2015-June-29       Source: Szdaily.com

Anna Packman, a British preschool teacher, came to China with her husband, Bill, in 2010 to attend the Shanghai Expo. Her father-in-law was working at the U.K. Pavilion, and he recommended the trip to the Packmans.

“[It] requires exploration through reading stories, discussion and reflection and I am encouraging our teachers and students to embark on this journey of inquiry and discovery together.”

Packman said she was also using elements of another traditional Chinese book, “Standards for Being A Good Pupil and Child,” while creating the curriculum.

“We are not going to ask the children just to recite it, we choose the elements that are really relevant to students in a preschool. We want to focus on heritage and tradition, but it’s not about being stuck in the past, we are using it to inform your future,” said Packman.

When Packman and her husband first came to China, they thought it might be just a two-year adventure. Six years later they have no plans to leave.

“The more I stay here, the more I realize I haven’t seen enough.

“When people move from their home … they have a positive work ethic, an open mind and a desire to make friends,” she said.

Packman has adopted lots of animals here. She now has two dogs and three cats. “We found lots of cats who need a home. Every time we walk in a particular area in Shekou, we find cats sitting there, looking so sad. They need a home.

“Once we adopted one, then why not two? Now we have a zoo.”

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