“I have experienced numerous exhibitions of learning .
This is the best one I’ve ever had! ”
–Ms. Casey, Head of IEYC
“A wonderful day,
We felt that children’s creativity is so amazing.
Every piece of work is very beautiful.
Just as if walking into an art gallery.”
— Michelle’s Mother
Last Friday, to celebrate International Children’s Day, IEYC held a series of events including Mini X, an exhibition and celebration of student learning. Children led their parents through the displays by individual and groups of students together with a fabulous exhibition of student art centered on the topic of ‘How we express ourselves’
Children’s One Hundred languages
Regardless of whether it was writing,marking and drawing, or dancing with light; whether it was a STEAM product or creative structures; whether it was a beautiful student crafted dress or cool robot creating ……every work was different, special and unique. Students followed their passion to decide by themselves what to make and how to complete it. It was a great example of the Reggio Emelia philosophy that hundred children have one hundred languages. These amazing works are expressions of these special languages.
Not an Exhibition of completed art works
The purpose of this exhibition was more than to show children’s creation and present their children’s learning process. If you look at each piece in detail, you would find that next to each child’s work, a carefully recorded documentation of the process of each child’s creation. This included the inspiration, planning, process and thinking behind each work. As such the greatest significance of the exhibition lied in the presentation of the child’s creative process. By observing the children’s learning process, parents could quickly make up and review the process of the student’s learning.
And the learning experiences have offered the children the opportunity to experience and develop the 2020 future skills, such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, negotiation and so on. These skills will benefit the students lifelong.
Positive feedback from parents
In order to guarantee the viewing quality and effect, children and parents visited the exhibition in small groups to ensure a quiet and relaxed environment, where families could better appreciate children’s works and interact with their children. When the children led their parents to the works, many parents first laughed and many were brought to tears of joy. Several words continued to echo in the exhibition hall, such as “too shocked”, “wonderful”, “too touched”… Suddenly, we felt that in the face of so many beautiful things, all the beautiful words are pale and weak.
After the exhibition, children presented a set of personalized postcards capturing images from their child’s exhibition. In addition each family was asked to give feedbacks on one postcard. All the feedbacks we received are affirmative and full of praise. Here are 2 typical messages.
Mia’s Mum: ‘Thanks to all the teachers, we have a wonderful day. We loved the art works and enjoyed all the activities we were involved in today.’
Anna’s Mum: ‘I love love, love, love this show. This is the highlight of the long learning journey that I wasn’t fully aware as a parent. Without the supporting learning space and the experienced and hard-working teachers, the students won’t come to this presentation. This is the most “fit” education that I would choose for my children. And this is the type of future education that I trust and believe in. BIG THANKS!’
Heroes Behind: Teachers and Innova Environment
After marveling at the children’s work, we couldn’t help thinking besides the children themselves, what else and who else have made great contributions. Right, the IEYC learning environment and all the IEYC teachers. They are the big heroes behind the success.
We often say “environment is the third teacher of children”. The reason why the IEYC children have infinite “creativity” lies in the supporting and stimulating environment. In IEYC, we try our best to provide as many provocations as we can to inspire student’s curiosity and creativity. Here, the children’s ideas are respected, encouraged and helped to achieve.
The IEYC-MINI X is organized and worked together by teachers and students. Teachers are co-constructors, guiding the student’s learning through nurturing their curiosity, providing a hypothesis for them and solving problems together; Teachers are researchers, through an active reciprocal exchange, strengthen learning by teaching; Teachers are documenters of learning through listening to students, recording their activities, interpreting and displaying their work, and revising and applying all that have learned together. Without the hard-work of all the teachers, there would not be this show. Here, we are particularly grateful to all the teachers and staff who have worked very hard for this exhibition.
This exhibition will be kept until the end of this school year, so we welcome all the parents to visit with friends and relatives at any time.
“Peaches and plums do not have to talk, yet the world beats a path to them”， whether an education is good or not, student’s performance and works are the best proof. Thanks to the trust and support of our parents, we will continue to work hard in the future, to provide excite each child’s growth and development.
The first day of school can be a day of anxiety and tears, but that wasn’t the case at Innova Early Years Center. Children had visited on many occasions before for our Experience Sessions or Play Zones and so for most they couldn’t wait to meet up with teachers again and get back into the many exciting learning activities on offer.
Each child was greeted with warm welcomes from their teachers ensuring a smooth transition into the classroom. This is an important step in establishing quality relationships upon which trust is built and students feel safe and feel like they belong. Students were supported to begin developing relationships with other children in their new community of learners so that their learning can flourish as they work and learn together in many different social contexts.
Throughout the morning students were encouraged to take responsibility for their belongings and joint responsibility for cleaning up the classroom.
The students could be seen throughout the morning interacting with their environment, which we value as their third teacher. The children were exploring their new environment and all that it offers; creating, discovering, communicating, interacting with others, being involved in collaborative thinking and solving problems.
The INNOVA Early Years Centre “Meet the Teacher” was held on Tuesday 29 August at Zhaolin Plaza. It was an opportunity for our parents to meet the team for the Early Years Centre as well as the INNOVA Academy Pre-operational team.
The parents and prospective parents for the EYC were excited to meet and chat with their child’s teachers as well as the other administration and support staff. After a presentation from Executive Director, John McBryde, the parents mixed and mingled with the teaching staff and leadership from both the EYC and the INNOVA Academy pre-operational team. This event was the ideal introduction to the EYC Parent-Teacher Pre-Conferences that will be held later in the week. It was also important for our EYC parents to know that INNOVA Academy has a team already in place and are currently working on an August 2018 start-up.
The INNOVA teams have been working since the beginning of August in two locations, and last Monday 28 August was the designated date for an ‘official’ start to the new school year with a Team Building Day. INNOVA Academy Head of School, Karen O’Connell, and Associate Director, Deidre Fischer, planned a fun-filled day that aligned with understanding organisational culture, developing relationships and building trust.
There was a positive feel to the whole day while we explored the five (5) facets of trust, and our own personal working styles. Games were used as the vehicle to generate ideas and questions for discussion, we worked in a blended language environment between Chinese and English as we made connections to what we were learning and doing to our goals for the year. We learned a lot more about each other as well as started the conversations about our organisational culture as we worked towards shared understandings in both English and Chinese.
Feedback from our staff revealed that ‘trust is the heart of any organisation and it needs a whole team effort’, ‘it was great to realise that even though we all come from different cultures how much in common we had’ and the ‘importance in addressing issues and not assuming everyone is on the same page’.
As a group, we created a word cloud that reflected our organisational culture, in both Chinese and English, which highlighted the following key words:
At Innova we recognize the importance of establishing a strong team that shares a positive organizational culture based on the ideals of a collaborative learning community which is critical to the success of realizing a shared vision for our school. As we commence operations in the Early Years Centre, and the pre-operational work for INNOVA Academy this was a very positive start to building relationships amongst the team members and the realization of our goals.
Parents, Learn How to Help Your Child Succeed in the 21st Century
As parents, we devote our efforts to providing the best possible education for our children so that they can be prepared for the future – a future we can’t predict. We know however, that high pressure and an overzealous focus on memorization of facts can often be counterproductive in the long run. To help children become capable, independent learners, parents and students must learn to understand the secrets to being successful learners. In his book, The Art of Learning: The Importance of Failing Well, Lance G. King shares his more than twenty years of research and experience with learners and learning methods. He introduces the reader to how they can master the various components for successful learning: the effort needed, self-motivation and resilience required to succeed, effective learning skills and desired wisdom through difficult times. Now Mr. King is bringing this knowledge to Beijing to work with parents!
Through interesting case studies, Lance G. King employs easy to understand language to explain his profound theories and gives practical approaches for their application. Successful learning is not just for the genius, explains King, and every parent can become a mentor for their children by mastering “the art of learning”. Join us for this informative and collaborative parent session where we will explain how every child has the opportunity to become a successful learner, with the resilience with the courage to overcome the barriers they will face.
About the Presenter
Mr. Lance G King has over thirty years of teaching experience in high schools and universities. He is an internationally renowned author, teacher and workshop facilitator. In addition, he is the creator of the Art of Learning programme which has been delivered to more than 200,000 students in 32 countries. Lance G King has been involved in designing the new IB ATL programme, which is currently being implemented in over 3,000 schools in 150 countries. Within the IB organization, Lance was integral to the development of the IBCP, and worked with both the IBMYP and IBDP. As an international author, Mr. King has written books for students, parents and teachers on developing learning skills and through his workshops he has worked with 200 schools world-wide and participated in numerous international conferences.
Learn more about Lance G. King at www.taolearn.com