The Teaching Exchange Meeting
of “Cyan-Blue Project”
Cyan-blue pairing sparked in clear autumn, when fruits quietly mature. With this refreshing beauty, mentors and apprentices have been working hard to innovate teaching. On the afternoon of October 9th, the mentor-apprentice pairs of the new and senior teachers of Vanke Bilingual School (VKBS) got together and held the “Cyan-Blue Project” teaching exchange activities.
The meeting was presided by vice principal Chen Ying. At the beginning of the meeting, she put forward several expectations for new teachers: first of all, to be a good student who is humble and open-minded to learn from seniors. Secondly, to be a good teacher who keeps taking in new knowledge. Thirdly, to be an eligible master who takes the initiative to take responsibility. Finally, to be a real self who doesn’t always rely on their mentors but can independently think and devote themselves to work. The strength of principal Chen’s words greatly inspired new teachers and made them more confident to march forward!
New teacher speaks
During the exchange meeting, new teachers spoke freely and shared their experiences in the past one month, expressing their infinite gratitude to the senior teachers and mentors, and mentioned their prospects for the future. As representatives of apprentices, teachers Ou Xi and Zhao Lu from the primary school department and Ma Lichuan from the middle school department made speeches respectively.
Teacher Ou Xi said: “We must keep going ahead with the original aim and learn for actual practice to pursue the dream. Looking back on my study and growth in VKBS for more than one month, I realized that I should learn from mentors and seniors not only their teaching experience, but also their selfless dedication and workstyle of striving for perfection. With continuous exploration, I further figured out that learning, thinking, action and comprehension constitute the four necessary stages for new teachers to improve themselves. In the future, I will constantly reflect on myself as I keep moving forward, so as to make my educational cause brightly shining!”
Zhao Lu, a teacher in the primary school department, was very excited to share with others: “Although we have encountered difficulties in our teaching work over the past one month or so, we have always received timely care and help from all the leaders and teachers. In particular, The demonstration classes and professional comments of excellent teachers in Minhang district made me full of harvest and learned a lot of useful teaching experience, which also made me more confident and more passionate about the profession of teacher. On behalf of the new teachers, please allow me to promise that in the future we will be careful and responsible in teaching, take the lead to be an excellent teacher, and contribute our own efforts to the development of VKBS!”
Ma Lichuan, a teacher from the middle school department, couldn’t wait to share her own experiences. She pointed out, “In the past more than one month, I have been cared by my mentor and many teachers. In terms of lesson preparation, I have made great efforts for each lesson. In the aspect of evaluation of classes, the school encouraged new teachers to listen to open classes, including cross-grade and interdisciplinary ones, especially those of the same grade as we teach. As for teaching and research, my mentor and I carefully selected and determined the content of extended readings in Chinese, and my mentor guided me in the teaching method of reading to promote writing. There is a saying in the Book of Songs,’ the cultivation of a gentleman is like working on a bone tool: after it is cut, it has to be constantly sharpened’. The process of preparing lessons and teaching is just the same. In the future, we will continue to attentively explore, and strive to offer students innovative Chinese classes! “
The progress of newcomers cannot be achieved without the devoted contributions of senior ones, who are like a lighthouse at night providing new teachers with star-like guidance. Miao Qiuhong, a teacher with more than 30 years of teaching experience, pointed out that she has felt the vitality of youth everywhere during more than one month when she spent with new teachers. She hoped that among new and senior teachers, there is no absolute mentor or apprentice, just as the saying goes, “There must be one out of three who can be your teacher.” In education and teaching, everyone can be a teacher, and both teachers and students can learn from each other. Mentor-apprentice pairs are expected to make progresses hand in hand, and strive to improve their internal drives and qualities instead of living up to their youth. We look forward to appreciating the new teachers in the school debut classes in November.
外教代表Mrs Alison Burdett老教师有三点做法和大家分享，一是学生离开父母来到学校，老师就是他们的家长；二为老师想要营造什么样的课堂，就要坚持自我，努力去做；三要尽快记住学生的名字才能更好地与孩子们沟通。
The representative of foreign teachers, Mrs Alison Burdett, had three points to share. First, after students left their parents and came to school, teachers serve as their parents. Second, if a teacher wants to create distinctive classes, he must stick to his heart and work hard to do so. Third, remembering students’ names as soon as possible can help us better communicate with them.
Principal Cheng Min of VKBS attached great importance to the “Cyan-Blue Project” and pointed out that this exchange meeting aimed to promote the professional growth of young teachers and optimize the teaching staff construction. She expected new teachers to set daily goals and make daily progress. She hoped that the senior teachers would play the role of demonstration, guidance and transformation, work together with new teachers and complement each other with their unique strengths. On the way forward hand in hand, we will reap the joy of growth and realize the happiness of heart-to-heart links.
Mentor-apprentice pairing has created a strong force, which constantly brings out surprises of inheritance and innovation. The outlooks of the two principals stand as the motivation for new teachers to strive forward unremittingly, and the guidance of the seniors lights up the road ahead like a spark. On the road of going ahead with aspirations, there may be thorns or glories, whatever they are, mentor-apprentice pairs will be full of hope and join hands to embrace the future!