Cross-campus Academic Communication for Mutual Development
In order to share the teaching information and resources, spread the wisdom in English classes, improve teachers’ abilities and teaching quality, and enhance the integrated construction of Maple Leaf Schools in Hubei province, Tony and Emily from Wuhan Maple Leaf, Lindsay and July from Jingzhou Maple leaf were the first teachers to participate in the cross-campus academic communication program organized by Greater English Project.
During the program, the two experienced teachers from Wuhan Maple Leaf shared their teaching strategies and resources. Tony excels in designing various interesting class activities such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Word Puzzle, the Big Wheel and so on to catch students’ attraction and make classes more dynamic and motivated. All the seinnovative activities amazed us. Emily shared her organized preparation and brilliant ideas in class management, homework design, teaching plan and abundant teaching resources which could help teachers to arrange teaching and classes more efficiently and logically.
Teachers from Jingzhou Maple Leaf also put forth some problems during their daily teaching and communicated with others. Every teacher made full use of this opportunity to observe classes, discuss what they met, and conclude what they learned during the program. Students’ thirst for knowledge and good discipline, along with teachers’ mutual help left a deep impression on Wuhan Maple Leaf teachers. As Emily said, the students’ potentialis infinite; even though they are on different English levels, all teachers are always sincere and patient to every student; it is a respected spirit for all of us to learn.
Before the program, Lindsay and July from Jingzhou Maple Leaf made full preparations. The students in Lindsay’s class had active minds, so she always encouraged students to think divergently. She also learned to obtain a better teaching effect by hand writing on the white board. July made the best of her teaching advantages to teach happy English classes, but the unfamiliarity fouled up her teaching plan. After she observed Summer’s class, she was suddenly enlightened, and improved her teaching methods combining with the differences in students’ characteristics and class teaching schedules.
After the program, Lindsay and July shared what they learned in Wuhan with other teachers, such as Daily Dictation, Mind Map etc. They thought the inspiration and methods they obtained in cross-campus communication program is far more than what they got via internet tools only, and Wuhan Maple Leaf students’ good English learning habits and enthusiasm are worth advocating and encouraging in Jingzhou MapleLeaf.
The cross-campus academic communication program is a success. “It is a rare opportunity that teachers have access to going out to feel the warmth of Maple Leaf big family.” Tony said after the program. Indeed, this program not only contributes to the communication between Maple Leaf Schools, but broadens the teaching ideas, and enlightens the teaching thinking. Teachers and students at Maple Leaf Schools are lucky and happy -- Maple Leaf Schools provide good opportunities and platforms for teachers’ professional development, meanwhile teachers’ development benefitsall Maple Leaf students.