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    An International Choice丨不远万里也要选择的一所国际学校

    Our decision to bring Teshura to China to attend an international school was met with surprise by our friends. Would she cope? What about the standard? Was this the best thing for her? What about the differences in teaching styles?

    No it would not be easy, we knew that, but we also knew that it would develop her in ways that could not happen back home. Teshura attended a reputable and sought–after public school in South Africa. She had friends and a settled routine. Coming to Changsha meant that all the familiar routines would change.

    Small wonder, then that she pined for her brother and friends back home when she first arrived. Nevertheless CWA was a welcoming institute. The staff was wonderful in befriending her, inviting her out and making her feel she belonged, even before school officially began.

    When school did eventually start, Teshura met those challenges facing all new students at a new school. She knew no one. The classes, being international, had various different languages even though all teaching was done in English. She was also only one of three girls in a class of eight. The class size and dynamics were very difficult for her. She really missed home even more now. Fortunately she really liked going to school, as the teaching staff were very supportive, even if she did not belong in their class. She quickly grew fond of staff members, and they of her, especially the Chinese support team. Although she still struggled in class, she made many friends among the other CWA learners. She became a part of the CWA family. She had learned a valuable life lesson, to be to others what you would have them be to you.

    Teshura found the whole teaching system different but interesting. She embraced the IB teaching as it was so closely modeled on our family values.  With her usual commitment she began to develop her new IT skills, discovering how to use the various McIntosh programs and inquiry cycles to present her work. She also began learning to play the violin. She is a real Risk-taker and I am really proud of how she has blossomed in China. It will undoubtedly be a life-changing experience for her, one that will help her to buildstrength of character and mold her into an Internationally minded Lifelong Learner.


    我们决定把Teshura带到中国就读国际学校,让我们的朋友感到非常惊讶。她能适应吗?标准一样吗?对她来说这是最好的选择吗?如何面对教学风格的差异?

    是的,我们知道这样做不容易,但是我们也明白,这样能使她得到留在国内学习不可能收获到的成长。Teshura在南非上的是一所著名的、非常受欢迎的公立学校。她有很多朋友,也有固定的生活模式。到长沙来,意味着她将改变所有熟悉的习惯。

    带着一些怀疑和一些好奇,我们来到长沙。初到之时,她总会想念家里的弟弟和朋友们。但是,长沙玮希国际学校(CWA)是一所热情的学校。在正式开学之前,这里的教职员工就已经待她如朋友一般,邀请她出门,让她有了归属感。

    正式开学以后,面对新学校、新同学,Teshura遇到了许多挑战。她谁都不认识。虽然课程是以英语为教学语言,但在这样一个国际化的班级内,仍然充斥着各种各样的语言。同时,她也是一个八人班级中的三个女孩之一。班级的规模和活跃度让她难以适应。这个时候她愈发想家了。幸运的是,她很喜欢上学,因为老师们给她提供了许多支持,即使她并不是他们班的学生。她很快喜欢上了学校里的教职员工,教职员工也喜欢她,尤其是中国的员工们。尽管她在课堂上的学习仍不轻松,但她与许多CWA学生成为了朋友。她成为了CWA大家庭的一份子。她学到了人生中至关重要的一课:你希望别人怎样对待自己,你就应该怎样对待别人

    Teshura发现,这里的整个教学系统完全不同,但充满乐趣。她接纳了IB教学,因为它与我们家庭内部的价值观是如此相近。她开始拓展她的IT技能,学会使用各种各样的McIntosh程序和查询系统展示她的作品。她也开始学习拉小提琴。她确实是一个敢于冒险的人。看到她在中国的成长,我感到非常自豪。毫无疑问,对她来说,这将是一段改变人生的经历,这段经历将铸就她坚毅的性格,将她塑造成一个具有国际视野的终身学习者。


    Writer 作者: Ms.Michelle NAIDOO

    CWA Kindergarten

    IB PYP Hoomroom Teacher

    From South Africa

    About 20 years of teaching experience in Kindergarten and Elementary education (South Africa, Japan, China…)

    Experienced in teaching English, Maths, UOI, General Science…

     

    CWA幼儿园大班

    IB PYP 班主任

    来自南非

    近20年幼小教学经验(南非、日本、中国等)

    可教授英语、数学、探究课、自然科学等课程

     

    Teshura NAIDOO

    CWA Student/CWA学生

    Aug.2016-Present

    2016年8月-至今

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