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Growing up in an age of information, pupils nowadays obtain an array of information through various channels. Instead of passively accepting information, pupils at Huili are encouraged to find supporting evidence before making a judgment and forming their own opinions, and finally become independent thinkers.
Historical records and relics
Pupils made suggestions that they might have been used for religious routines rather than for daily use, or be used as a symbol of power and social status. Pupils are also required to read books, watch documentaries and search on the internet to source data to support their ideas. During this process, pupils learned to analyse historical records, propose a hypothesis, and then collect data as supporting evidence before coming to an informed conclusion.
In choosing historical materials, I tend to showcase different types of objects and records that underpin different opinions, so that our pupils are supported to build a comprehensive and impartial opinion.
Creating a context
The well-field system was a Chinese land redistribution method, where a square area of land was divided into nine sections, among which the eight outer sections were privately cultivated by serfs and the centre section was communally cultivated on behalf of the landowning aristocrat.
Then I asked a question from another perspective: if you were the aristocrats, what would you do to motivate your farmers and increase agricultural yields without harming government income? Pupils put forward several measures and discussed their pros and cons, and potential improvements to achieve the goal.
Summarising patterns and rules