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把娃扔进国际学校的“坑”到底值得不值得

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  2020年的这个寒假漫长而特殊,孩子问我们最多的一句话:“爸爸妈妈,我们什么时候开学?我想回学校上课了,我想老师和同学了。”

  窗外,春光明媚,杨柳青青,莺飞草长,正是“一年之计在于春”的好时光。尽管我们努力给予孩子温暖的陪伴,但孩子每天最想念的,还是她的校园生活……

  当初在给孩子选择学校,我们纠结了很多,最后还是在Lily三年级结束时选择了国际学校,选择了青苗。看到Lily这两年的变化,看到她对学校的这份依恋,我们如今很笃定:当初的选择是正确的!

  我们为孩子在语言和课程的进步感到高兴,为孩子的逐渐变化开朗的性格感到欣慰,为孩子不断开阔的创造性思维感到惊喜。如今回头再看过渡期时期陪娃爬过的那些“坑”,无论是我们还是Lily,皆会庆幸一切都值得吧!

  场景复盘一

  【问题】:

  转学前孩子在公立学校挺喜欢英语的,不过还是会担心地问我们:“爸爸妈妈,听说新学校都是外国老师,我怕听不懂。”

  “不用怕,我以前学外语也听不懂,脑瓜子嗡嗡响,一年以后我就发现自己神奇地听懂了!你比爸爸聪明的多,爸爸相信你一定很快就能适应!”

  虽说我们嘴上一直在给孩子打气,心里不免也有顾虑:毕竟孩子有些腼腆和内向,怕她中途退缩不适应。

  【答 案】:

  果然不出所料,四年级刚开始,前期全英文的课基本听不懂。“课上懵圈课下恍惚”,我们作家长的真是看在眼里急在心上。

  但老师们一直很耐心地帮助她、鼓励她,同学们也很热心地带动她勇敢表达自己的观点。减消了心里的迷茫和胆怯,Lily开始对这一切有了更多的向往和归属感。

  第一学年结束时,Lily基本上已经完全放下了语言带来的紧张和不安,看着她与老师同学们互动交流增多,关系也日渐亲密,整个人的状态变得愈加活泼轻松起来。我们平日与她讨论的话题好像也从以前的“分数至上”变得开阔和多样了,生活里经常看见她开心的笑容和自信的模样。

  我们相信并且无比感谢,是学校和老师们给予了她足够的爱、关心与支持,多方面正向鼓励引导她逐步克服了这些困难,才迎来属于孩子自己的一次全新绽放!

  场景复盘二

  【问题】:

  如果说语言是Lily遇到的第一个挑战,那么“学习方法”和“思维方式”是她需要面对的第二大考验。(可能也是对家长的巨大考验!)

  “爸爸,我们今天布置的作业是用三个途径解答这个热带雨林生态系统的问题,老师说可以查网络、查阅图书、问父母……”

  “来来来,爸爸和你一起上网查资料!”隔着屏幕是不是都能感受到我的心虚和紧张?

  【答案】:

  国际学校的课程设置和作业方式,我的理解是一种开放型、探究型、合作型和创新型的模式。每个学期的课程,会围绕7-8个中心话题展开,老师讲课的路径大概是“知识-实践-总结-反思”,作业本身没有统一的标准答案,个人学习的成果大多以“小论文”的形式提交给老师,没有任何束缚和限制,可谓“八仙过海,各显神通”。

  刚开始,孩子显然不太适应,面对没有标准答案的作业感到无从下手、无话可说,思考维度也比较单一,加上英文能力有限,每次只能写出一两点。但是如今,随着这些思维训练的增加,她独立解决问题的能力已经大大提高。就在上学期的成绩报告单上,不仅各科都能达到标准要求,部分课程还获得了“优秀”!

  这两天,她正在和同学一起积极准备五年级的毕业设计展,看她和同学通过网络视频一起讨论探索,寻找相关知识和材料,每天忙得不亦乐乎,我也越发踏实和放心!这样新颖、开放的的学习方法和作业形式,确实真正调动了孩子们的探索精神和学习兴趣!

  总之,在这短短两年不到的时间,从各个方面我们都看到了LILY积极的变化。看着她愈发阳光、健康、自信和向上,回头再看当初困惑着我们和孩子的那些问题,我想说:谢谢青苗,用时间给了我们最好的答案!

  感谢青苗国际双语学校小学部五年级 Lily爸爸 黄清先生供稿

  During this extra-long winter vacation of 2020, many parents keep hearing ‘When do I go back to school? I miss my teachers and friends.’ from their little ones.

  It’s springtime, the best season of the year. No matter how much we enjoy spending time with our children, they still miss their school time.

  Selecting school for my daughter was not easy. But now I’m happy for my decision to transfer Lily to BIBS in G3.

  I’m happy to her progress not only on language skills and courses, but also on her personality and creative thinking ability.

  Scenario 1

  【Problem】

  Lily liked English during her public school time, but still, she was worried that she may not understand the foreign teachers in BIBS.

  “No worries my dear. I used to speak very little English too but it only me a year to catch up. You are much smarter than daddy and you will only do better.”

  Having said that to Lily, we kept concerns to ourselves. We were very worried that she may give up.

  【Solution】

  Not surprisingly, Lily didn’t understand most of her English classes. We were extremely worried.

  But her teachers were very patient and encouraging, her students tried their best to help her too. Gradually, Lily overcame her fears and tried to be better day by day.

  By the end of the first semester, Lily was no longer shy when communicating with her teachers and classmates. She made more friends and became relaxed. Now she is interested in more diversified topics than test scores, and is happy and confident in her life.

  I strongly believe it was the love, care and support from her school and her teachers that has helped overcome her challenges and become who she is today.

  Scenario 2

  【Problem】

  If language was Lily’s first challenge, learning methods and way of thinking were her second obstacle. (For parents too!)

  “Dad, my homework today is to solve the problems of rainforest ecosystems. I can search online, look up in books or ask my parents…”

  “OK! Let’s look on the internet!” Had to raise my voice to cover my tension.

  【Solution】

  The courses and homework from international schools are more open, inquiry-based and creative. Courses of each semester usually focus on 7-9 topics, and teachers often follow the ‘knowledge-practice-conclusion-reflection’ path. There are no standard answers, and the achievements of individual learning are usually presented to teachers in essays. No limitation, no restriction, just imagination and creativity.

  Lily was lost in the beginning. She didn’t know where to start, and her mind was a little narrow too. Her English ability was another factor. But she has improved a lot now, with all the practice and trying. In last semester’s transcript, Lily completed all courses and even received A in some of them.

  She is busy with her G5 exhibition with her classmates this week. They discuss over internet and search knowledge and material online. I’m very happy to see her devoting into this project. This new and open learning model has truly inspired my daughter’s interesting and passion.

  There has been a lot of changes to Lily in the past 2 years. She is sunny, healthy and positive teenager now. I want to thank BIBS for such brilliant turn-out.

  Special thanks to BIBS G5 student Lily's father Mr. Qing Huang

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