Dongjiang, Laoshan District, China
As Heraclitus the Greek Philosopher said: There is nothing permanent except change. If there's one key word that encapsulates the magic of 2020, it's Change! The social environment is changing, the pace of life is changing, the dimension of knowledge is changing, almost everything is changing……
The school year of 2020-2021 is the second year at Baishan AWS program, which begins with many new changes and advantages.
Baishan AWS will keep trying to use new teaching concepts to guide students' learning thinking, to use new teaching methods to tap students' learning potential, and to provide a broader learning space to meet students' learning needs. A series of measures and changes are designed to help the kids to learn and grow.
Mr. Lorne Brandt was formally appointed director of Baishan AWS. Mr. Brandt, master of education in the United States, holds the teacher qualification certificate of the National Council of the United States, IB & AP teaching qualification, and 21 years of rich teaching experience. Mr. Brandt's educational philosophy is highly consistent with Baishan School, which is to adhere to the student-centered education, committed to training students to be lifelong learners.
本学年，Mr.Lorne Brandt先生被正式任命为白珊·安妮项目主任。Mr. Brandt先生，美国教育学硕士，持美国国家委员会教师资格认证书，IB&AP教学资格，21年丰富的教学经验。Mr. Brandt先生与白珊学校教育理念高度契合，坚持遵循以学生为中心的教育理念，致力于培养学生们成为终身学习者。
At the same time, the former director of Baishan Middle School Department Mr. Zhan Shiwen joined Baishan AWS program this year. Mr. Zhan's 25+ years of experience with Baishan School will undoubtedly prove to be valuable to our program.
We are confident that under the leader of two experienced leaders, Mr. Brandt and Mr. Zhan, Baishan AWS will continue to grow and develop from a new starting point.
新课程 New Classes
Baishan AWS is committed to doing all we can to preparing students for life after high school. We are proud to have at least one period each week when students get information about what they need to know and begin preparing for their college applications. The 10th grade and the 11th grade students receive guidance on the important questions and processes that will help to ensure they get the most appropriate opportunities after high school.
New for this year is the inclusion of TOEFL into the regular curriculum and timetable. Baishan AWS recognizes that having a qualifying score on language assessments is an important part of university admissions. It is for this reason that we have created two levels of lessons for our students: regular and higher achieving.
ECAs are non-credit classes that help to make school and learning meaningful. These are the classes that help emphasize Baishan AWS's dedication to developing well-rounded, holistic students while helping to make their school-life more interesting.
American universities, in particular, value more than grades and scores; rather, most of these top schools want to know that their students have well-rounded experiences that will prove to make their courses more meaningful. Activities such as golf, archery, drama, World Scholar's Cup, journalism, and book club help complete the student profile that top universities need to see.
Additionally, ECAs help provide our boarding students with opportunities to disengage at least one period each day, allowing the students to use different parts of their cognition.
Although finding and scheduling expert ECA instructors and coaches is not easy, the Baishan AWS administrative staff persists in making the opportunities available for our students.
English Language Arts
We've added two levels of English Language Arts for both the 9th and 10th graders so Baishan AWS can further ensure that the students are getting the appropriate challenge based on the student's individual needs.
Utilizing the two words "Wright" and "right" that sound the same but have different meanings, this is a 15-minute time when students have more opportunities to practice making responsible decisions with their time.
As a responsible school that is dedicated to continually reflecting on and adjusting to our students' needs, we learned from the past semester of eLearning. Baishan AWS learned that students who got just one step behind tended to quickly become disengaged and stop communicating with teachers. Get Wright Time is a time when students are required to select one teacher each day to go to for 15 minutes and ask about missed assignments or follow-up about challenging concepts. Essentially, both students and teachers get an extra chance to catch up with an issue before the student gets even one step behind. Students must take the initiative to sign up for this teacher sometime during the day.
Dedicated Homework Time
This year's evening time will allow students to complete the work that was assigned by the teachers during the day. Paired with a more structured evening rules, this will provide students with much more learning time. We feel that this structure to our evening homework support time will help to support and add to their learning. The evening homework support classes have been divided into three distinct periods:
• Period 1: Silent individual time -- this is a time when students hold themselves accountable for trying to find the solutions to problems by themselves. Instead of relying on others to help, this time challenges students to re-read and persist with problem-solving.
• Period 2: Paired time -- Although not required, students have the option during Period 2 to quietly ask a classmate about questions related to a shared assignment.
• Period 3: Shared learning -- Again, although not required, students can use this time to have small group discussions about teacher assignments and content introduced during the day.
Collaborative Learning Room
We know that students need dedicated learning spaces that meet their needs. Sometimes their needs are to have more independent study time. Sometimes students need a partner to help them with an assignment, and sometimes students need to work in larger groups. Baishan AWS has accounted for these different learning needs by creating a Collaborative Learning Room that provides students with each of these. The space has individual desks, small tables, and a larger area with a white board and a couch. Students will be encouraged to use this space both during class time and when they find some extra time in their schedules.
专门的学习空间对学生的学习非常重要。学生们有时需要独立的学习空间，有时需要一个伙伴来帮助他们完成作业，有时需要在小组中讨论。白珊·安妮高中创建了一个互动学习室Collaborative Learning Room，为学生们提供了这些不同的学习需求。互动学习室有独立的书桌，学习桌和活动区域，配有沙发、投影白板、智力游戏等等。我们鼓励学生在上课时间或课余时间充分利用这个空间。
Six G9-11 students from Annie White High School in the United States joined BaiShan AWS this year. They are active, self-discipline, efficient in learning and highly involved, bringing the appeal and youth of Anne White students in the United States. The participation of students from Annie White School will further deepen the cultural integration of the two cooperative schools.