What is your expectation for Huijia students?
I see Huijia as a school with tons of opportunities. In Huijia, students have infinite choices to define themselves and their education. Everything from an IB curriculum, multiple languages, mathematics, science, history, arts, music, and nearly every sport, Huijia gives the opportunity for students to find their true talents. Their true love. I have extremely high expectations for Huijia students. I believe they have the chance to achieve any goal they set for themselves. A flight to the stratosphere is right around the corner for students in Huijia.
In the primary school stage, what qualities do you focus on in developing students?
It is important to help them develop into further caring students, willing to work together with others, while showing care for classmates, teachers, and the Huijia community at large. I believe that in helping them to develop strong communication skills, it will help them be better inquirers, thinkers, and more knowledgeable individuals. Being strong communicators will allow them to develop the confidence necessary for them to one day take the next step in becoming open minded and independent risk takers. Confidence allows them to build on their intellect, while they reflect on the world around them.
How do you feel about Huijia students?
Each student that comes into my classroom is unique. Their individual talents never cease to amaze me. These students are indeed smart, open-minded, curious and full of energy. I have taught Huijia Preschool for two years and it has truly been a blessing to watch these young beings try their utmost best to learn new things in a way that best suits them. When challenges arise, they do not give up and that is what truly stands out for me in the Huijia students. They are trained to be independent and responsible from a young age. Through independence these children get to enhance their skills, learn right and wrong, develop their personality, and make decisions. I have grown to love every student that I have crossed paths with at Huijia. Because of their love for learning, they have inspired me to become an ever-better teacher day by day.
How to learn English like natives?
First and foremost, students need to be motivated. I usually ask students why they want to learn English and allow them to have those goals in mind to stay motivated from within and give a lot of praise and encouragement through positive feedback.
Secondly, we need to consider the learning environment. I get students to complete the student survey I created at the start of the year, so that I can better understand their interests, strengths, areas they want to practice and activities they enjoy. I then plan engaging student-centered classes with all of their needs and interests in mind.
Lastly, we need to build their vocabulary by introducing new words in a meaningful way. When they form the links between new words and their lives, they become relatable, used more often and in context. I do this by giving many varied vocabulary activities, so students have to use the words to complete a series of tasks.
In which ways will Humanities help students?
In the Humanities department at Huijia we teach a broad subject that encompasses a range of different disciplines. Knowledge of these allows us to better understand the world that we currently live in, whilst encouraging us to question the ways in which societies function and interact.
By exploring these big questions, students learn and refine an important skill set, such as investigation, research and an ability to handle often imperfect and subjective evidence with skepticism, in order to come to the most valid conclusions.
Besides that, it fosters empathy. As we begin to understand different cultures, learn about their histories and their struggles, recognize the similarities and appreciate the differences with our own, we become more understanding and tolerant human beings, something which I believe is paramount to ensuring the progress of civilization.
What quality matters most in Business Management?
I want them to develop an ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET. Become risk-takers and thinkers according to the IB Profile. We have a lot of problems in the world that require attention. I want them to tackle these problems like how the best entrepreneurs would do it.
Hit 4 birds with one stone while they are at it: have social, economic, and ecological sustainability while providing their solutions to the world and keep score of the fun.
What is the uniqueness of IBDP art courses in Huijia？
During IBDP art courses, we analyze great artists, absorb inspirations, but never stop then. All the analyses are solid foundation for students to create work of their own, with independent ideas, expression, etc.
We strongly encourage students to see more, practice more, keep up with latest art form, but not just imitation. Art derives from true life, and everybody has their own ideas to say. That’s the point.
What is the biggest feature of the IB education?
I was an IB student in high school back in 1975, so I can tell you that there are two main treasures that you keep from IB for a lifetime. One is called: “learning how to learn,” and most of us know it as the Approaches to Learning (ATL). This is something that makes you a lifelong learner. The other one is called: “knowing about knowing,” and it refers to the critical thinking approach that we learn from the Theory of Knowledge (TOK).
Research demonstrates that IB students are very successful, and our success is not limited to getting good grades in school or making money. We have the power of perseverance to accomplish goals and a positive attitude to face difficulty. We choose our university(ies) and graduation is not the end, but just another benchmark on our lifetime map.
Far beyond graduation, we become valuable contributors to our communities ANYWHERE in the world – and as your Director of Curriculum, I will make sure that for those who choose space-related careers, this idea will be valid out of this planet, too. I’m committed to that!
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