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From a Traditional School to an International School丨从传统学校到国际学校

It has been a semester since my daughter came to WES. She has changed a lot. I just want to write a little article to record it. Hopefully, years later, she can find this article and recall this time. I also hope to bring some valuable information to those who are still hesitant and tangled “should I send my child to the international school?” So they can consult it.

The logic of each parent’s choice for children to enter international schools may not be the same. My original logic is mainly: with the further development of the Internet the world is accelerating integration, English is becoming more and more important. In WES, she can receive nearly 10 classes by foreign teachers each week, so she can learn English easily.

Facts have proved that my original choice is not wrong.

In the previous traditional school, English is only a subject. My daughter was obviously not motivated to learn English.

In the current international school, English is a tool. If you want to understand what the foreign teachers say, you need to learn English well. If you want to make friends with foreign people, you need to learn English well. If you want to understand what the signs on the wall mean, please learn English! If you want to play a role in the music drama, you need to speak English well…….

Now her English class is taught by a native speaker, a teacher who is from the United States, Mr. DEEPAK. My daughter said that she could understand almost everything in the class. For some new words in the class, she can guess them in the context.

Though she is still at grade four, she can understand a native speaker well. Obviously, she is much stronger than her father!

Although the tuition is kind of high, deep inside, I feel “it is worth it!”

Moreover, some of the following gratifying changes have taken place in my daughter.


Change No.1: changes in school orientation

My daughter said school is her second home. In school, just like at home – she feels relaxed, comfortable, happy, willing to stay at school. She also said that the school is like a grassland, she and her classmates are a group of wild horse running freely on the prairie.


Change No.2:  the teacher team changes

In the previous traditional schools, the main sources of teachers are normal college graduates, with few foreign teachers, returnees, PhD, Master. The teacher’s knowledge structure, teaching methods are not very different.

In the current international schools, teachers have a wide range of sources; foreign teachers, returnees, Ph.D., Master accounted for a considerable proportion. The teacher’s knowledge structure is different, the teaching style is different!

Tina Yuan, the homeroom teacher of grade 4, once worked in the United States for a year. She is very patient, very popular with children.

A good teacher, a good luck!


Change No.3:  changes in diet

The ancients said, people treat food as No.1 issue. You are what you eat.

In the traditional school, lunch choice is relatively small; my daughter cannot have enough.

In the current international school, lunch is a buffet, with a lot of choices. Every day at noon she can eat well. She personally likes to eat the food with fries, fruit, bread, and hamburgers. These foods are not eaten in previous schools.

Less than a year, my daughter grew up nearly 10 cm, during which there is no cold, not into the hospital. As parents, we are pleased!


Change No.4: physical changes and team awareness to develop

In the previous traditional school, sport is a subject with less importance, and my daughter did not like sports. She rarely exercised.

In the current international school, the sport is a main subject. My daughter fell in love with exercising. Every morning, she will run three laps; no matter if it rains or shines (rainy days in the indoor gymnasium).

Physical education is very rich in content: handball, gymnastics, hockey, tee ball and so on. Through these sports, my daughter slowly realized “what is teamwork.”


Change No.5:  a stronger sense of independence, some good habits developed

My daughter lodges at the school. School baggage is basically her own clean up. Living in school at night, she arranges her own living. Independent awareness is stronger than before.

Every afternoon, four to five, self-study period, she just finishes her homework; at night, she reads what interests her, which has now developed into a habit. Good habits will affect her life.


Change No.6: the school values music, PE and art.

In the traditional school, the main subject is the “main” section, which can easily squeeze the time from other less important classes, especially when the final exams are coming. Those teachers who teach the less important class allow it happen.

In the current international school, each subject share the same importance, but the main subjects arranged a little more hours.

Daughter’s music teacher Elaine, is from South Africa; sports teacher George, is from Romania; art teacher Jaffray, is from the United States. They are very experienced teachers! Cici, another music teacher is also very popular with children. My daughter has learned some of the fragments of Peking opera from Cici. Art class often means handmade art. She likes it so much!


Change No.7:  featured courses

In the current international school, there is a UOI course from IB education, daughter is very fond of it!

About IB and UOI I am here to give a brief introduction, for more information, we can search Google.

IB is an education system ready for the students from the pre-K to the high school. Because it is not attached to the any country, in recent years it has been the global sought after education, the pursuit of parents. A large number of schools in China are actively applying for IBO’s formal authorization, parents also see IB as a synonym for excellence.

UOI (Unit of Inquiry) refers to “hyper-subject inquiry unit.” The PYP project sets six super subjects, which represent areas of human experience that are meaningful to people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The six super subjects are: who are we, what time are we in, how we express ourselves, how the world works, how we organize ourselves and share the earth.


Change No.8:  field trip and big events in the school

In the traditional school, the opportunity to travel is less. In case going out, they go out for only a day or half a day.

In the current international school, there is a better opportunity to travel more. Last year in October they went to Jiangxi Longhu Mountain. She came back she told me, in the Longhu Mountain, she started to realize herself again.

Musicals, masks and other large-scale activities broaden their view.


Change No.9:  class size

The original class has 61 students; the current class has only 16 students.


Children grow up; the school is also growing. In March, the school formally established the International High School CWIH. There is no doubt that Wes school will become a banner of international education in Hunan!

In the right time, we met a right school. Every arrangement is the best!

We really appreciate those who helped us !


女儿从传统学校转入国际学校将近一个学年,变化很大。写篇稍长的文章,记录一下。希望她多年以后,能找到这篇文章,能回忆起这段美好时光;也希望给那些还在犹豫和纠结”要不要送孩子上国际学校”的家长们,带去一些有价值的信息。

每个家长选择让小孩入读国际学校的逻辑可能都不一样。我当初的逻辑主要是:随着互联网的进一步发展,世界正在加速融合,英语变得越来越重要,在这里,每周将近10节外教课,她学英语的条件更好。

事实证明,我当初的选择没有错。

在以前的传统学校,英语只是一门学科,女儿学习英语,明显缺乏动力。

在目前的国际学校,英语是一种工具。需要听懂外教课,请学好英语! 需要结交外国朋友,请学好英语! 需要看懂墙上各种 SIGNS,请学好英语! 想要在音乐剧里扮演一个角色,请说好英语……

现在女儿英语课是纯外教课,老师是来自美国的DEEPAK先生。女儿说,上英语课很少有听不懂的地方。课堂上,个别不会的生词,一般也可以猜出来。小学四年级,能听懂纯外教课,比老爸当年强多了!

学费虽然高一点,内心深处还是觉得“挺值的”!

更何况,在女儿身上,还发生了下面一些令人欣慰的变化!


变化之一: 学校定位的变化

女儿说:学校就是她的第二个家。在学校,就像在家里一样——轻松,自在,开心,丝毫没有厌学的情绪。她还说,学校就像一片草原,她和她的同学就是一群在草原上自由奔跑的野马。


变化之二: 教师团队的变化

在以前的传统学校,教师的主要来源是师范院校毕业生,外教,海归,博士,硕士都比较少。老师的知识结构,教学方式差别不大。

在目前的国际学校,教师来源比较广,外教,海归,博士,硕士占了相当大的比重。老师的知识结构不同,教学风格迥异!

女儿,目前班主任老师,袁老师,曾经在美国工作过一年。很有耐心,很受孩子们欢迎。

A good teacher, a good luck!


变化之三:饮食的变化

古人云,民以食为天;英文里面说,you are what you eat.

在以前的传统学校,午餐选择比较少,女儿经常吃不饱。

在目前的国际学校,午餐是自助餐,选择很多,每天中午都可以吃饱吃好。她个人比较喜欢吃的食物有薯条,水果,面包,汉堡。这些食物,在以前的学校都吃不到。

不到一年,女儿长高了近10厘米,期间也没有感冒过,没有进过医院。作为家长,我们倍感欣慰!


变化之四: 体能的变化和团队意识的养成

在以前的传统学校,体育是副科,女儿不怎么喜欢运动,每天运动量比较少。

在目前的国际学校,体育也是主科,女儿爱上了运动。每天早上,都会跑上三圈,风雨无阻(下雨天就在室内体育馆运动)。

体育课上学的内容非常丰富:手球,体操,曲棍球,儿童垒球等等。通过这些体育项目,女儿慢慢的领悟到了“什么是团队合作”。


变化之五:独立意识更强了,也养成了一些好的习惯

女儿寄宿,上学的行李基本上是自己收拾;晚上住在学校,生活基本靠自己安排。独立意识明显比以前要强一些。

每天下午,四点至五点自习,写完作业;晚上看自己喜欢看的书,目前已经养成习惯。好习惯,必将影响她一生的成长。


变化之六: 学校对音、体、美的高度重视

在以前的传统学校,主科就是”主”科,可以随意占用副科的学习时间,尤其是在期末考试临近的时候。副科老师一般也很配合。

在目前的国际学校,主科和副科地位差不多,只是主科安排的课时稍稍多一点。

女儿的音乐老师Elaine,来自南非;体育老师Geogre, 来自罗马尼亚; 美术老师Jaffray, 来自美国, Ta们都是非常有教学经验的老师! Cici老师的音乐课也很受孩子们的欢迎, 女儿从Cici那学会了京剧的一些片段。美术课上,基本上都是手工,她非常喜欢!


变化之七: 特色课程

在目前的国际学校,有一门源自于IB教育的UOI课程,女儿非常喜欢!

关于IB和UOI我这里简单介绍一下,欲知详情,大家可以问度娘。

IB是从小宝宝到高中生都可以学的教育体系。因其不隶属任一国家的特性,近些年得到了全球教育界和各国家长的追捧。中国当下有大批学校都在积极申请IBO的正式授权,家长们也视IB为高大上的同义词。

UOI(Unit of Inquiry)在这里指“超学科主题探究单元”。IB国际教育PYP项目确定了6个超学科主题,它们代表了人类都会体验的一些领域,对文化和种族背景各异的人都具有意义。这6个超学科主题是:我们是谁、我们身处什么时空、我们如何表达自己、世界如何运作、我们如何组织自己、共享地球。


变化之八: 游学活动&校内大型活动

在以前的传统学校,外出游学的机会比较少,即使出去,也不过一天或半天。

在目前的国际学校,外出游学的机会更多,女儿所在班级十月份去了江西龙虎山,回来她告诉我,在龙虎山,她重新认识了自己。

音乐剧,面具秀等大型活动,也让女儿增长了不少见识。


变化之九: 班级规模

原来班上是61人,目前班上是16人。


孩子在成长,学校也在成长,上个月学校正式成立了国际高中部。Wes学校必将成为湖南国际教育的一面旗帜!

在对的时间,遇见对的学校,一切都是最好的安排!

感恩那些曾经帮助过我们的人们!


Writer: 廖曙光 (Victor Liao)

Math teacher, Kitty’s Father

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