The following are suggested videos on Chinese education and American education. Since they are all on YouTube, we cannot guarantee they will be available indefinitely.
Shanghai (China) – Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education
(Produced by Edskills OECD) 20 min. Good for adults to see. Substantive. A lot of talking heads with classroom examples. Primarily in Chinese with easily read subtitles.
Tefl: First Lesson in China – 80 Students! (Beginning of Lesson)
13 min. High school English class. Good British teacher.
Look Inside a Grade School in China
2:57 min. Good introduction to Chinese primary school. Takes viewer through the whole day, showing whole class and different lessons. Reinforces what Two Roads, One Journey is about. Typical large class; loud recitation. Also shows outside of school (typical) and kids. Sound quality is variable (amateur video), but the images of the classes and outdoors are good.
Kindergarten (Preschool in China)
Education in China: A Profile of a Chinese Kindergarten
5:30 min. Keith Ballard is interviewer.
Chinese Jump Rope
Chinese Jump Rope
American elementary kids demonstrating and teaching fairly well. Demo is better than many. About 2 min. or less. Good for instruction.
Classical Chinese Jump Rope Tutorial
Chinese demo with English print directions and then typical Chinese music. Almost 6 min. Good.
Jianzi (popular game in China; played a little like Hacky Sack)
Kikbo Cau Shuttlecock Master in the Park
Adults playing jianzi. 1.5 min. All in Chinese.
Playtime Tutorial: Chapteh
Chapteh = Jianzi. Good demo by three people. 1 min. long.
How to Make Jianzi
In Chinese with clear descriptions so English speaker can follow. 2.5 min.
Chinese Mathematics Teaching
Why Shanghai Is #1 in the World in Reading, Math, and Science
World Bank description of why Shanghai students outperformed the rest of the world in math. 2+ min. Good pictures.
4th Grade Math Lesson – Introduction to Circles
Typical demo lesson. It was probably practiced, but demonstrates for observing teachers how to use hands-on teaching and occasional group work in teaching rather than the old style of lecture. In Chinese with English subtitles. 36 min.
Let’s Do Math in Chinese!
13 min. Two adults (one in Chinese, one bilingual) talking about and teaching vocabulary for addition, subtraction, multiplication, dividing. In Chinese and English. Good for those who really want to learn some Chinese math vocabulary.
Rural Education in China
Anhui students in normal university go once a week to rural school. Interviews them about what they are doing/accomplishing and shows them in classrooms; natural feeling. Candid interview with principal. Good. A TV video by Channel NewsAsia. 3-1/2 min.
A Day in the Life of an American School District
All grades, all subjects. 2-min. trailer. Good overview of American schools. Honest. Main project was 1 day in 28 schools, all different subjects; all the separate pieces are available through this site; a documentary was made in 2012, which consolidated and cut some. Go to GoPublicProject.org—Bluefield Productions for documentary.
3rd Grade Teacher
About a teacher’s daily routine; 3rd grade at Franklin School in Pasadena, California. About 4 min. Great teaching and well videoed. Part of GoPublicProject. Overview of the day. GOOD.
Elementary Math Classroom Observation
Math with money, 3rd grade. About 11 min. Typical lesson; camera is stationary; probably 20+ kids; a lot of teacher talk, though some hands on. Boring but okay!
Math Strategies for Teaching Place Value in Elementary School
Teaching place value with Unifix cubes. 2 min. Certainly familiar to many in the US. Quick explanation of how to use Unifix cubes.
Inside the Classroom – Cramer School 1st Grade
First grade, readers workshop and guided reading. Modeling how to find the author’s purpose. About 30 min. Shows the entire lesson. Only 14 kids in class. Good contrast to Chinese learning; plenty of movement in disciplined way; canned video from another school for a few minutes in middle is not great. A number of different activities.