Education in Finland–”少即是多! 芬蘭教育世界教育之冠”

September 16th, 2014

http://mag.udn.com/mag/edu/storypage.jsp?f_ART_ID=532233

少即是多! 芬蘭教育世界教育之冠

【文/希平方提供】2014/09/02

在芬蘭,中小學每週上課時數不超過三十小時,但卻能利用最短時間達到最大成效,躋身為世界教育之冠。相較於其餘歐美國家以競爭為基礎的理念,芬蘭教育篤信「少即是多」,不外加壓力,讓孩子在輕鬆的學習環境成長

My comments: I also believe that kids can learn better in a relaxing atmosphere. When I taught at school, I seldom gave students pressure.

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“5 TED Talks Teachers Should Watch With Students”–from Edudemic

September 15th, 2014

TED is one of my favorite websites to recommend to students. During the last few years in my teaching career, I presented some to my senior students once in a while, including Ken Robinson’s “How Schools Kill Creativity,” Adora Svitak’s “What Adults Can Learn from Kids,” etc. The five talks listed here were not on my list. I’ll watch them in the coming days.

http://www.edudemic.com/ted-talks-teachers-students/

5 TED Talks Teachers Should Watch With Students

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Topics of Past National English Speech and Writing Contests

September 14th, 2014

This is a webpage at the website of Taichung Municipal Hui-Wen High School. On this page you can find topics of national English speech and writing contests in recent years. What’s better, it offers links to the winning essays on “Being a Good Writer” in the 2010 writing contest.

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“8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students”–from Edudemic

September 13th, 2014

http://www.edudemic.com/discouraged-students/

8 Uplifting Quotes For Discouraged Students

My comments: In fact, there are 9, Einstein’s included.

By on September 9, 2014

There are many reasons a student can lose focus in school. Read the rest of this entry »

Surprise from a Good Friend

September 12th, 2014

My good friend Annie (詹麗馨老師) is good at giving. Yesterday late afternoon, when I got home from the trip, before leaving for the date with my students, I got a gift package from Annie. I didn’t have time to thank her until very late, when I came back from the gathering. Read the rest of this entry »

Dating with Our Sweet Girls

September 12th, 2014

(Photo from Lily)

Yesterday, after the trip to nature, I hurried to the date with 6 girls from Class 314, who graduated from NHSH in 2012 and are going on their junior year in college, and their homeroom teacher Lily (張俐俐老師) at one of the girl Yu-ching’s home before they go back to school next Monday. Although I sprained my left ankle and left arm a little during the outing in Yangmingshan, eager to see the students, I still went as I promised the day before. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Friends with Nature

September 12th, 2014

Yesterday morning I drove four old colleagues and friends to Yangmingshan. According to Mei-chen, Yangmingshan is the coolest place in Taipei in summer. At the restaurant, we came across an old colleague who is also retired. She went there with her reading club members. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Teaching an Easy Job?

September 11th, 2014

An old colleague expressed on FB her anger over the remarks made by a graduate to her former teacher sitting next to her.  The student said she’d like to be a teacher because it is an easy job. Read the rest of this entry »

A Happy Gathering with Mrs. Huang, a Former Student’s Mother

September 10th, 2014

This evening, Mrs. Huang invited me to dinner. Her son graduated from NHSH in 2011, now going on his senior year in college. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do We Live for–”洪蘭/做好平凡事 一生不平凡”–from UDN

September 9th, 2014

http://udn.com/NEWS/OPINION/OPI4/8921784.shtml

洪蘭/做好平凡事 一生不平凡

【聯合報╱洪蘭】

2014.09.08 02:20 am

羅賓威廉斯死訊傳來時,我正在馬來西亞演講,他的「早安越南」是我第一次發現自己的英文可以跟上同學,因為他講的笑話我竟然聽懂了。他是我那個時代的人,他的自殺使我難過好幾天,一直在想,人生的目的是什麼

My comments: Albert Einstein once said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.” Read the rest of this entry »