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Teacher Leads Study Group in China

High School Teacher Takes on China Pine-Richland High School Teacher Matthew Roberts co-led a group on a three week trip to China with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) at the University of Pittsburgh. This is Mr. Roberts second time traveling to China. He co-led this group of 10 teachers and their guests with Dr. David Kenley from Elizabethtown University. They traveled 5,000 miles across China. They traveled to 10 different cities and many many different historical sites. 

Mr. Roberts said that some of the highlights of the trip were traveling to the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China in Beijing, touring the very modern city of Shanghai, seeing the ancient capital of Xian, and visiting a panda conservation site. Other highlights include taking a three-night cruise through the Three Gorges region of the Yangtze River and a two-night stay at a monastery on the holy mountain of Emeishan and hiking through the Guangxi province, which is near the town of Yangshuo. His group wrapped up the trip by spending a couple of days in Hong Kong. Mr. Roberts said his favorite part of the trip was the Yangtze River cruise and climbing to the summit of the Emeishan mountain.

Mr. Roberts said the theme of the trip was "The Space Between Us: Understanding China through Geography." He said before leaving for this trip each teacher was required to read two books and watch one movie. 

Mr. Roberts role is to help these teachers make meaningful lessons and unit plans for this upcoming year. The teachers that participated in this trip will use what the learned and what they experienced to help them in the classroom next year.

Mr. Roberts teaches AP Psychology and Asian Studies at PRHS and is the chair of the PRHS Social Studies Department.