Cultivate an innovator's mindset in a Chinese Language classroom

Cultivate an innovator's mindset in a Chinese Language classroom

大家好!在过去十九年的教学生涯里,我很幸运能在PYP、MYP、DP的工作学习里看到学习者语言学习的成长阶梯。我也能有幸与众多富有热情、勤于探索的中文教育工作者或共事、或一起在工作坊里学习成长。大家都说中文是世界上最难学的语言,尤其当在教学实践中发现学生的语言进步缓慢,课堂参与积极性不高,可能追求课本使用的标准化看起来是可行又有效的方法。在不同的培训会当中,老师们很希望能看到一些单元教学计划或一些评估样卷,但每个人工作的环境及所面对的学生是不同的,几本书或标准操作的教学计划能不能放之四海而皆准,确实是一个难题。中文教学的创新发展在哪里呢?我邀请大家一起来参与中文教学创新实践。在我们的试验室里反思我们的创造性思维、来寻找让我们止步创新的挑战,一起来梳理中文的创新教学法。

As an IB workshop leader, it has been my privilege of working with a large group of passionate Chinese educators to contribute effective and creative practices in teaching Mandarin. Interestingly, Mandarin has been complimented as the hardest language to learn even though it is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons. With those identified or assumed challenges,  or perhaps low students engagement in class, some Chinese educators tend to look for teaching examples to follow rather than experimenting some new approaches or creating new approaches by connecting and collaborating with the practitioners working in other disciplines or having experiences in the areas of education that we are not familiar with. My workshop is to craft a journey with the participants together to reflect on the readiness of being an innovator as a practitioner in education and of exploring innovative approaches so that some innovative hands-on approaches in teaching Mandarin can be built collectively in two sessions.

Session Audience:

Whole School – 2 Day session (Friday & Saturday)
Language: Mandarin

Session Goals:

The two sessions are structured as attending an experiment lab. We share, we discuss, we create, we experiment, we reflect and we keep moving forward.

Session Outcomes:

Reflect on the readiness of being an innovator in teaching Mandarin
Identify the challenges to stop us from creating innovative approaches to learning Mandarin?
Create a hands-on innovative toolbox collectively in teaching and learning Mandarin
Experiment some innovative teaching strategies in the workshop
Bring an action plan back to school and keep contributing to an on-going collaborative project via an online networking platform

Presenter Bio:

Fang is from Beijing, and she has been working in IB World schools in Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bangkok since 2000. Fang is currently working at NIST International School as a Chinese Language Teacher and the Team Leader for the Secondary Language Acquisition. In the past nineteen years, Fang has been working for three IB programmes in the different school systems from a prestigious local school, a private school, and renowned international schools. With the working experiences gained from being a Chinese Language Teacher, a Team Leader, a principal overseeing Chinese Program and Head of Department, Fang has grown up into an international educator with the deep understanding of language programs across the PYP, the MYP and the DP. Fang believes that working collaboratively among languages always bring an inspiring outcome through common planning and shared pedagogy practices. Fang is also an MYP/DP Workshop Leader, an IB School Visit Team Member/Team Leader/Consultant and an IB field representative.