“Learning while Teaching”is the belief for Teachers Training and Development in PICLC. Teachers are indulging in improving themselves while the kids are investigating the world. The unique development of each child can be promoted efficiently if teachers keep updating and renewing their teaching skills and theory. That’s why, in this semester, we have scheduled consistent and regular training every two weeks.
Recently, there has been a series of training conducted by teaching assistant MS Eva, which encouraged the teachers to value the function of learning centers in a deeper way. Meanwhile, they have new insight into the setup of centers and materials design.
Learning centers are areas within the classroom where students learn about specific subjects by playing and engaging in activities. Play is an active form of learning that involves the whole self.
The primary focus in today’s kindergarten, is achieved through child-initiated exploration and discovery. Since mature, well-rounded growth must include the whole self, children should be encouraged to play and explore their environment for personal developmental and social reasons as well as academic ones. When used for all of these purposes, learning centers are an important part of a balanced kindergarten.
温故而知新 Gaining New Insights through Review
Layout and setup of learning centers are a piece of cake for all the teachers. Designing a center map and figuring out the problem of each design made the teachers reflect the setup of their own design and gain some new thoughts as well. They even learned the procedure of center time by watching different demo videos.
The spirit of learning centers is materials. We investigated the characteristic and principle of center materials as well as the steps of designing the materials. Analyzing, remaking real materials and writing analysis reports after every training, teachers improved their design skills in a multimodal way.
创意无限 匠心DIY Designing Competition
Theories should always be integrated into reality. What we have learned during training must be applied into our class and daily activities. Hence, Chinese teachers organized the materials designing competition to see how well they have improved after training, and taken further steps towards mastering their skills as teachers.
They spent their spare time creating their own toys and writing a report. After their demonstration, the administrative staff evaluated all the work. During the competition we have seen so many new ideas and designs which can be absorbed by all the teachers.
Teachers Training and Development is a lifelong road. The Chinese teachers are fulfilling themselves during their break time even though they are busy with daily teaching. Teacher training is to teaching activities as sun to flowers. We do believe that teachers in PICLC keep learning to meet different needs of our kids.