Over the last couple of weeks, SCCS 7th grade students traveled to the other side of the world during their studies of the Middle Ages and medieval China and Japan. Melissa Coughlin, 7th grade History teacher, encourages learning through experiential assignments.
“To engage students and get them immersed in learning, we started with the tea project during our studies of medieval China,” shared Coughlin. “We watched Good Eats, a Food Network show, which examined the history and different types of Chinese tea such as black, green and oolong. We considered how they are processed, what they look and smell like and how they are brewed. Students researched about how Chinese tea houses were much like our coffee houses today where people came together to talk with their friends and get the latest news.”