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A Reflection on How to Escape Education’s Dead Valley

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:47


Reflectoin
Author: Jenny Wilkins
Chinese Translator: Kai Peng

After watching this TED Talk several times, it is my belief that Education is about differential instructions. Every child is different. I have two children and they are very different in their personalities, behaviors, and thoughts. If our mainstream education is about to educate them all the same, we are in deep trouble.

Sir Ken Robinson was right on when he spoke about ADHD, it’s really about kids who are being kids but are forced to sit properly and learn hours on end. Although ADHD is real, many children are mis-diagnosed however. A lot of them couldn’t sit still and they are not ADHD, they are just being children. Another thing that really got me to think is if we describe a teacher who is teaching, but his/her students are not learning, then, the teaching is pointless. If we only focus on the subjects that are being tested such as STEM, then, we are not teaching kids broad enough skills. We are doing them a disservice.

When we look at the countries that are having high performing education system, you can quickly find out that they utilize individualized teaching and learning methodology. They made sure that their children are learning skills and knowledge across the spectrum and not to be taught just for testing purposes.

With Owen and Ella being homeschooled, one of my main goal is to make sure they are exposed to skills that are across the board. I want them to go out in the forest to learn how to shoot an arrow, how to cook, how to interact with other adults and kids on top of all the academic subjects that they need to know. People might think how you would have time for all this! Well, that’s the beauty of homeschooling, when the pressure of tests are out of the way, kids can use the time more efficiently and gain more knowledge. I often feel that life skills are a lot more important than academic skills. People often ask me about how I know that my children are up to the “grade level” or keep up with the same age kids. The answer is on some subjects, they are behind and on some subjects they are way ahead. As long as they are learning new information every day, it does not matter how “fast” or “slow” they are learning. It’s about they are enthusiastic about learning. This is the way to cultivate a life-long learner.

When I started homeschooling, I have doubted myself many times and was scared that I wasn’t doing it right and I wasn’t giving Owen and Ella enough material. But gradually, I saw them learning better, happier, engaged, and started to obtain a lot more life skills, that was the affirmation I need to know homeschooling was a right choice for them!


聽了幾次這段演講後,我認為教育應該倡導一種差異化的教學,依據個人的差異和需求做出彈性的調整,因為每一個小朋友都不一樣。我有兩個孩子,他們的個性、行為和想法都是很獨特的。如果我們的教育採用的是一概化的教學方針,使用一樣的教學模式去教導所有的學童,那將衍生許多問題。

肯尼羅賓森在這段演講提到了兩個讓我深思的議題。首先是關於注意力不足過動症(ADHD),雖然這種症狀確實存在,但許多孩童卻沒有被正確地診斷。那些「坐不住」的行為並非歸咎於這種心理缺失,他們只是很正常地展現出一種小孩子的舉動,因為長時間地接受一種強迫性學習,才造就了這種「坐不住」的行為。另一個讓我深思的議題是關於教學的「進行式」和「完成式」。如果一個老師在教課但學生並沒有學習到,老師就只是正在「進行」教學而非「完成」了教學,而這種教學也就沒有意義了。如果我們的教學只注重主流的數學自然和理工科目,為了應付考試而忽略了體育和藝術人文等其他領域,那孩子們不會學到足夠廣泛的技巧,這種教育並沒有達到促進學習的效果。測驗應該只是用來輔助和診斷學習狀況而非主導教育,否則我們只會扼殺了學習。

當我們觀望其他在教育方面名列前茅的國家時,你很快就會發現,它們的教育採用的是一種因材施教的個別化教學,針對個人的能力、興趣和學習困難去調整教學內容。它們確保每一個孩子都能學習到廣泛的、多元化的知識和技巧,考試並非體制的主導,並非學習的最終目的。

在Owen和Ella開始在家自學後,我最主要的教學理念之一,就是希望他們能夠學習到廣泛的、多元化的知識和技巧。比起主流的學業科目,我更希望他們能到叢林裡學習射箭、到廚房學習烹飪和在生活中學習怎麼和其他大小朋友相處。許多人會懷疑我們怎麼能有這麼多時間去學這麼多的瑣事,但這就是在家自學的好處。當考試的壓力沒有了、測驗從教育體制的主導退位以後,孩子們能更有效地運用時間、更有效地去學習更多的知識和技巧。我一直都認為把生活技巧學好比學業科目的學習來得重要。很多人都會問我,要怎麼確保在家自學的孩子能跟得上其他同年級小朋友所學的東西。我的答案是,就某些科目來說,在家自學的進度確實是落後了一點,但他們在其他科目卻也是超前了許多。只要他們每天都可以學習到新的資訊,不論學得快或學得慢,好像都無所謂了。重要的是他們很熱愛學習、很享受學習,因為這是一個邁向終身學習的過程。

在我開始讓孩子們在家自學的時候,我也曾幾度懷疑我自己,害怕自己做了錯誤的選擇,害怕自己沒有辦法教給Owen和Ella那麼多東西。但漸漸地,我看到他們學習得更好、更開心、更熱衷於學習,然後也開始學會了許多生活技能,我不再迷惘,我很肯定讓他們在家自學是一個正確的決定!

Ella的尋牙套記

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:48

On September 25, Ella was on her way to Hong Kong then, Beijing. As the flight attendant served her the meal, she set her teeth retainer on the meal tray. When the plane was about the land in Hong Kong and the flight attendant came and picked up the meal tray, Ella forgot that her retainer was still on it. She only remembered when the plane was about to land. She told the flight attendant about this, and the flight attendant told her that she would look for it when the plane landed. Ella was so nervous and afraid that she had lost it. When all the passengers had left the plane and rest of the flight attendants knew what happened, they all put on their masks and gloves and started plowing through several bags of trash and meal trays. After going through trash and leftover food trays for 20 minutes, one of the flight attendants found Ella's teeth retainer! Everyone cheered and Ella was so happy! Ella would like to say a big "thank you" to the crew of flight HX253! You guys are awesome! Ella can't thank you enough!

9月25日星期四。這一天媽媽帶Ella去北京辦事,在飛往香港轉機的路上發生了某件事情,在此要特別感謝HX253班機的空服人員。吃午餐時,Ella不小心將她的牙套遺留在被收走的餐盤上,直到快抵達目的地的那一刻才突然想起來。在告知空服人員後,他們也說必須要等到班機降落了才能幫忙處理。Ella很著急、很緊張,很害怕自己把這麼貴重的東西弄丟了,但幸好全體空服人員在班機降落後都很願意幫忙,在20多分鐘後終於尋獲遺失的牙套。Ella真的很開心,真的很感謝,因為有你們的熱心協尋和一流的服務品質,才幫Ella順利找回牙套,在此向HX253班機的全體空服人員致上謝意!

Ella

在家自學: 打字、寫作和美術合一的學習方式

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:25

前陣子給孩子們的作業: 先使用電腦打一篇旅遊札記,檢查修正後再抄寫在作業本上,並發揮創意加上一些插圖裝飾。在一個活動中可以練習打字和抄寫文章,又可以增進作文能力和享受美勞的樂趣,使用這種綜合學習的理念就是我們在家自學的方式! 更多Owen和Ella在家自學的相關學習照片請點這裡

Write your travel journal by typing on the computer; after revising it by reading it through and rewording, copy it down on the paper; finishing up the journal with an illustration of your own. Typing, composition, copying, and art skills are practiced in one activity. Talking about integrated curriculum! Click here to learn more about Owen and Ella's home school curriculum.











勇敢說出我愛你 9-16集 幕後花絮

Submitted by Kaipeng21 on Thu, 10/02/2014 - 01:29

小編幫忙把Ella在《勇敢》劇中9-16集的幕後花絮片段做成一個合輯了,快來看看Ella在片場都發生了哪些趣事吧!拍戲真的好好玩喔,希望快點再演下一部戲劇



第1-8集的幕後花絮在這裡
全集 Ella片段剪輯版+完整版 整理請點這裡

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