On September 27th, the first Grade 7 parents’ meeting was held at NFLSFC, with the topic of “home-school cooperation for mutual growth”. The meeting was presided over by Li Mingyan, the leader of Grade 7, with Principal Zhu Shanping, secretary Zhou Shidong, Vice Principal Li Xiaofu and Vice Principal Martin also in attendance.
Principal Zhu Shanping began the meeting by introducing the school’s educational goal: “To Educate our Students To Be Modern Talents With Chinese Soul And Global Vision.” This means that our students are not only Chinese citizens, but also global citizens with global vision. Beyond this, students should be well-rounded, with accomplishments in not only in the academic subjects of science and humanties, but also in their beliefs, morals, self-esteem and self-development. Next, Zhu Shanping used Gardener’s theory of multiple intelligences to explain the meaning behind children’s comprehensive literacy and the essential qualities required for intellectual development. She explained that children have various learning and developmental styles which impact upon said abilities. Being aware of these multiple intelligences will help to guide home-school cooperation to help student’s development. Principal Zhu Shanping also presented the blueprint for the overall structure of students’ subject knowledge during the course of their middle-school education. She further hopes that parents and schools will work together to cultivate students’ awareness of how attaining good marks, being competitive and having national conciousness can help them be good students. She put forward requirements for students in terms of reading, exam skills, alongside their physical and mental health.It seemed that the parents gained a lot from attending the lecture. Just as the saying goes, “There must be a use for my talent, and more scenery is in the dangerous peak”,thus, Principal Zhu Shanping hopes to work together with parents to let the children live in our beautiful school.
Then, Vice Principal Martin gave a speech on the formation of students’ ablity to carry out tasks for themselves and management ability. In the speech, he emphasized the importance of cultivating students’ ability to carry out tasks of their own accord. He also hopes that parents are able to balance the time given to prescriptive, planned activities and non-prescriptive, child-led activities. He added that parents should focus on developing children’s time management and self-guidance ability during family education.
Next, Vice Principal Li Xiaofu gave his views of managers, teachers and parents, and used three educational stories as an example to emphasize the “nourishing effects” of family education. He also gave evidence-based suggestions regarding issues that may be encountered in family education. He hopes that parents will pay attention to what their children need to grow, will be less critical and give more positive encouragement. It is not only time, energy and money that we invest in children’s education; sometimes the smaller things in life can be educational opportunities. Parent’s should enrich their children’s life. They must first look at themselves, solve their own issues, look closely at themselves and transfer their own misgivings to their children. Parents should also strive to act reasonably and wisely when dealing with family or home-school relationships.
At the end of the meeting, Li Mingyan, the leader of Grade 7 gave a special report on the students’ first month at NFLSFC. Ms. Li began by introducing a day in the life of the students and teachers, and showing how the students and teachers are growing together. The report covered the many fulfilling aspects of students’ lives on campus, illustrating their lessons, sports and extra-curricular activities. It also showed teachers’ efforts to guide students’ learning, in their professional development and as home-room teachers. In the report, Ms. Li also described the smaller achievements made by teachers and students since the beginning of term such as developing writing habits, acquiring life-skills, regulating study habits, and noting the importance of exercise. The report also focused on the implementation of the school’s “environmental education” policy, and showed gratitude for teacher’s dedication to various school and grade-level events.
We believe that by building upon a solid foundation of cooperation between home and school, and with the joint efforts of teachers and students, the students will be able to learn and develop their fullest potential at NFLSFC.
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