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Today is December 8th, 2017, and today marks the first day of our last week in Xizhou. We all wanted to enjoy and cherish our last week in Xizhou, but all of that can wait. Today, like always was a hectic day. We were swamped by the piles among piles of inquiry work and service learning work since that was our main priority recently. We have only 2 more days to finish all of our inquiry work, which includes creating our video and writing our reflection. On top of that, we also only have 2 more days to film for our service learning project and a few days to create a short film out of it.

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Today is Day 20 of the Microcampus trip. This experience is almost coming to an end. It has flown by so fast. This trip has transformed me,  I have gotten open to the outside world as we are always in the "Shanghai bubble". Today was when we had to start our Inquiry Project Final Product. I started with the introduction part. I talked about what Microcampus is, what Inquiry Project is, why I chose the Local Snacks. We sated to work on our Final Product today. I started today and got my introduction finished.

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Finally! Today was the day that I will be finally able to go to Dali Old Town. As I have heard from Mr Tafel, Dali Old Town is where 8th graders go crazy and become normal tourists who have no interest in the daily life of some citizens. My goal for today was to rein in my craziness and act like a normal, well behaved, Microcampus student, and guess what? It came true! Though one of the owners, sort of, kind of, shooed us out of his store. While across the four main street in Dali Old Town, Ana M, Michael B, Chris L, and I walked across the streets and gazed into different touristy shops.

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Today was a wonderful day! During my Still TIme period, I sat underneath the sun to make sure that I was soaking up enough natural Vitamin D. However since the night stars were not out yet, the only thing I could do was to watch the clouds move from the West to the East. The clouds looked so carefree as the flew from one side of the world to the other. They didn't have to worry about anything in their lives, only to go where the wind takes you. I didn't do much today, only worked on my Inquiry Project and had a few conversations with people on the street.

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sam01px2022's picture

What is written here is only the first step in a very long and fun journey. As of now, what we have done is choose one specific topic from a list of many that we were provided with. At first, while reading through these topics there were many interesting things but over time I had to choose which three I specifically wanted to do, and then finally in the end out of those three I picked one.

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clark01px2022's picture

Hi! This is the first phase of my inquiry project, which is an opportunity for all Microcampus students to discover more about XiZhou from different aspects within the 28 days of our travel. We had a wide variety of topic choices to choose from: from business case studies to silversmithing, and even designing our own tourist guide. I eventually focused on some specific topics using the method mentioned below:

michael02pd2022's picture

Today is December 7 and day 20 of Microcampus, yesterday I was picked with three other students that have joined us on the Microcampus trip to go on one of the two trips to go to Dali Old Town. This was the same day that we need to finish all of our Phase 4 work. This was very well deserved due to all of the hard work that was put into this process to make sure that I got all of my work finished. 

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Today is December 7. Yesterday when we got back from our evening programming we looked up at the stars and just wonder. The sky was lit up with many beautiful stars. Mr. Tafel pointed out the andromeda galaxy and the great square of Pegasus. Last night was a great night and it was really awesome to see a shooting star before going to bed. Today we got to make our own WIPPIS time schedules. I started off with wellness then inquiry project, pitching in and finished with still time. For my inquiry project, I worked on my final Phase.

chris01pd2022's picture

Today is December 7th, 2017, and today I will be reflecting on the Dali Old Town trip that I went on yesterday night. Right after our daily check-in at 17:45 yesterday, Mr. Tafel took 4 members of our group, Ana, Henin, Michael and me, to the famous Dali Old Town that we have been longing to go to. The car trip to Dali Old town took around 20 to 25 minutes and before long, we have arrived.

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Today is December 5 and day 18 of Microcampus. Yesterday I ate something that I have not had in my whole life. I had ma la tang, this is a type of noodles. You get your noodles in this small plastic strainer and the things that you want in your noodles. The people that work at the restaurant then cook everything that is in your strainer. When it is finished cooking they add spice if you want and you can enjoy your food. When I was finished with my bowl Mr. Tafel took only me for a walk. We talked along the way, I did not know where we were going.

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sarah01px2022's picture

In March 2018, a group of 16 SAS puxi 8th grade students will go to Xizhou for 28 days to learn and grow as a person. In Xizhou we will each investigate a topic of might interest to us. To prepare for Phase 0 of Microcampus, Mr. T gave us a list of about 40 possible inquiry project topics. Our job was to narrow down the list and pick our top three topics. With lots of help from Mr. T we each had to choose one inquiry topic. The final topic that I chose was textile production. 

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Today is December 6 and day 19 of Microcampus, this morning today and after our SAS essentials and daily meeting, we went to go over the instructions for Phase 4. I was a little anxious and nervous, I felt that way because we were starting and finishing our Phase 4 today. After we pulled up our tabs we and had Mr. Tafel Take us through all of the instructions we were already 30 minutes into our time we had to work. 

nina01pd2022's picture

Today is December 6th, Day 19, which means that there are only 9 days left for this trip. Today was a day like many others as we had breakfast, SAS Essentials, daily meeting, pitching in, lunch. After lunch, we normally have WIPPIS time but as Phase 4 was due today we all had to meet in Classroom 1 so that Mr Tafel could explain what we had to do in order to complete it and have it well written so that when we make our final product it is in good shape.

julia03pd2022's picture

This morning, we had breakfast, mindfulness, and SAS Essentials. Today during SAS Essentials, we had a formative math test on functions. Fortunately, it was only a formative, plus, the test was very short, so we still had to do our regular math work after the test. After SAS Essentials, we had our daily meeting where we discussed today and tomorrow's schedule, upcoming events on the horizon and more. After our daily meeting, we had pitching in. During the first part of pitching in, we had our committee meetings.

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Today is December 6th, 2017, and today is the day that I tried the legendary 15RMB sweet Xizhou Baba. We woke up in the morning and, knowing that Phase 4 was to be started and finished within 2 hours, we got ready for another hectic day. The morning went on like usual. We had SAS essentials, Daily Meeting, and finally Pitching In time.

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Today is December 6. After lunch, for our inquiry project time, we were introduced to Phase 4 and we were given 2 hours to complete it. After these two hours were up, our Phase 4 was due. Once I was finished, I started with my pitching in time. For my pitching in I started off with cleaning my room. When I was done with that, I started to work on my journal and touch up some other work that I wanted to complete. Once my pitching in hour was done, my group and I headed out for wellness.

 
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