Dulwich College, Beijing, China ~ Day 2

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments 

The second of our three days with the staff and children of Dulwich College, British International School in Beijing, China. Yesterday, with the Y3’s and Y5’s, and today with the Y4’s and the Y6’s, and a session with a small group of teachers exploring the wonders of some chosen Web2 tools and websites.

With the children, and their teachers, a joyous day of virtual explorations exploring further through the worlds, capturing our experiences with scribbly sticks and paper, playing with words and ideas, in English and the wealth of other languages floating around the rooms.

One aspect the school has to keep in mind is that the majority of children in the school have English as an additional language. Most of the children only speak English in school. The majority tend to speak Chinese at home.

We have had the pleasure of working alongside children from China… and Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, ¬†France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. What a remarkable bunch of inventive, brave and brilliant voyagers. Well done all.

Holly shared these thoughts:

We are pushing a creative curriculum this year with the support of our new deputy head, Daniel Nichol. We are also continuing to promote speaking and listening alongside writing skills, all through ICT as much as possible.

We also want to encourage our children to be more independent decision makers, who are nosey, love to write, ask questions and want to find out more for themselves!

We are so lucky that our children are extremely well behaved and a pleasure to teach. So now we are looking for as many ideas as possible to really enthuse and engage our children to speak up more and write! We want them to be the ones telling us that they are doing something different, or using a resource to create whatever it might be to support their learning, JUST because they have decided to do that!

Also, with writing, we are promoting the key message of ‘if children don’t use it, they lose it!’ So we have asked that all children across junior school participate in lengthier writing on a weekly basis.

Again, well done all, for tackling the challenges we offered. Some imaginative, thoughtful and inspired thinking, talking, caring, sharing, inventing, creating, collaborating, building, developing, writing, laughing, experimenting… and SO much more. Thank you DCB!

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