西方老师看教育


 
A Westerner's Perspective on Education
 
       “摇落深知宋玉悲,风流儒雅如吾师。”这是杜甫在《咏怀古迹五首》中赞美老师的诗句,我国一直对于老师及教育十分重视,而西方也是如此。作为一个非常international且中西合璧的学校,今天,小编就要带大家了解一下三高国际的外教老师对他自己的教学有何高见。
      When a westerner thinks about education in China, he automatically assumes a deeply integrated system with a long and regal history.We foreigners imagine China as a world where the students hold the teachers in the highest regards and sing to us during their graduation ceremony, thanking us for our guidance through the many years.

文化特色

      In fact, China did have a long and prestigious history of learning institutions stemming back as far as temples and as modern as schools. And even now, calling someone a teacher or master as a sign of respect is still quite common, even if it is more habit than tradition. So as a foreigner, I was surprised that there are more shopping malls here than there are schools and museums combined, but this is the fact all over the world, it was just I assumed it would be different here in China.
      In America, we are struggling to make a better education system.And when I was confronted by a Chinese student with the issue of overcrowding in public schools, the reality became more clear and the truth more obvious.America, much like China, took on the noble duty of spreading literacy to all her populous.
      To educate an entire population of one billion, China, no doubt, had to make sacrifices. In so thinking, having a country of a literacy rate of 95%, advancing that number in the face of a growing population from 1990 when it was at just 78%, suggests that China is contending with a very large battle to educate her people.That all a student has to complain about is overcrowding in her classroom is something to actually celebrate and applaud China for achieving.
      trying to keep a large group of kids interested in what I have to say when they have far more stimulating content on the iPad in front of them!(当他们在看着iPad中有更刺激的内容时,要让一群孩子对我说的话更有兴趣!)
      And this I must do in a language quite unlike their native language.
      Keeping kids proactive, focused and, above all interested, during that painful 45 minutes per day we have together, with very little resources and budget for doing so, meant being thoughtful, thorough and creative.
      And this I must do in a language quite unlike their native language.
Keeping kids proactive, focused and, above all interested, during that painful 45 minutes per day we have together, with very little resources and budget for doing so, meant being thoughtful, thorough and creative.

 
特色课程

      
      For a biology class for example, that meant rather than sitting with them having them learn the words for the things inside our body, words that are hard for me to even pronounce much less remember (unfortunately, the English speaking scientist we owe our knowledge in science to seemed to had entertained a penchant for naming things in exactly NOT English; Greek and Latin to e exact), I had them make models instead.
      While the end goal was successful, that students went through and completed the procedure, the ideal goal was not. I had hoped the kids were inspired through these projects to become vested in their own education.
       Because of the reality that the world simply can not afford the educating and grooming of its population by any individual, group of individuals or institutions, the hope was, instead, the kids become their own teacher.

 

教学理念

 
 
      There is more merit to this idea than just not being burden with attempting to teach everyone; actually we learn more of a subject when we teach others, and through trying to teach others we teach ourselves. Any teacher would wholly agree with this statement.I understand the subjects I teach far better when I teach them than when I had learned them.
      This strategy is called “learners autonomy.”
      As the school had not stipulated I had to do these kinds of lessons, they didn’t actually pay for them. I can not in all honesty afford to have lessons like these every month, much less every day, nor can any company pay for such lessons and succeed at earning profit.So it is up to the kids to take more responsibility for their own education.
      In computer science, for example, the kids attempted to do their own 3D cartoon animation project by going through all fazes of the process, from making their own storyboard to designing the models and animating them, and finally adding voices to their creation.
      (比如说,在计算机科学领域,孩子们试图通过经历所有的过程,从制作他们自己的故事板到设计模型并对他们进行动画,最后在他们的创作中加入声音,来完成他们自己的3D动画项目。)
 
 
教学感悟

Even though things hadn’t gone as expected, what good came from the experience was that the kids were left with something they could retain.
      They may forget a lot about what happened in our classes, but they will always remember that one time in biology when they made a cell on their own.
      Those experiences are still vital for their future and even if they did not leave the class wanting to do more biology, they may some day reconsider things.
      And even though China did not turn out to be an easier place to function as a teacher, I, at least, could now understand the difficulty any nation must face if it is going to make the promise of teaching everyone equally.
 

The End

      哇,阅读完这篇文章,屏幕前的你是否也和小编一样在心里默默为这位想法独到,文学造诣深厚的老师鼓掌呢?是不是觉得,看一篇并不过瘾,还想继续欣赏?我们将会在之后陆续推出老师们的文章,敬请期待~