Shanghai Hongrun Boyuan School attaches great importance to faculty training and faculty team building. After wrapping up this semester's work, the school connected with World Leadership School to provide "Purpose Learning" themed training for faculty members.
Established in 2007 in the United States, World Leadership School, in partnership with top K12 schools, provides professional training programs for teachers and students, enabling students to enter the purpose-driven Learning mode and grow into world leaders of the new generation. World Leadership School has various experiential leadership programs in many countries arcoss the world. In fact, our annual Indian Program is a partnership with World Leadership Program, to bring our students to India for experiential leadership training.
"The biggest problem growing up today is not stress; it's meaninglessness," said Dr. William Damon, director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. "Do you agree with Dr. Damon? What are the challenges teenagers face today? How have they changed since you were a teenager?" Ross Wehner, founder of World Leadership School, posed the above question to our teachers at the beginning of the training.
"How do you define Purpose? What is your Purpose?" Ross went on to ask. After hearing from the teachers, Ross also offered a reference definition: "a stable intention that is meaningful to self and beneficial to the world." Purpose is not a passion or a luxury, but a survival skill. It gives us the strength of will to survive and thrive in difficult and complex circumstances." Purpose is not something that is revealed to you by others, but something that is discovered and refined through the daily practice of self-discovery. It requires exercises in feeling, thinking, and doing.
Through a video on the historical development of education, Ross made it clear that the model of modern education originated several hundred years ago, and that it thrived largely in response to the society's demands for standardized workers. School education also emphasizes the memorization of standardized knowledge, more like a factory producing standardized products. Hundreds of years have passed, and the social environment has undergone tremendous changes. Can such large-scale standardized education still meet the needs of human development? Ross believed that future education should fosus more on the cultivation of students as unique individuals, helping them to explore themselves, explore their connection with the world, find their Purpose, and achieve "Purpose-Driven Learning." This coincides with the educational philosophy of Shanghai Hongrun Boyuan School.
But, how do you find your Purpose? Ross guided us to use the Calling Cards as a tool to help learn about ourselves. Through the selection and analysis of the cards, as well as the communication with colleagues, we deepened our understanding of ourselves, and our personality and life path seemed to be much clearer to us. Everyone has his/her own characteristics, each of which has its own own strength. How to make the best use of our stengths in our work and life, to benefit themselves and others? Ross also guided us to use positive psychology to evaluate our Purpose. We should constantly enrich our Purpose and enrich our life.
这是我们“Purpose Learning”培训的第一阶段，新学期教师培训时也会继续进行第二和第三阶段的培训。本次培训之后，Chris校长总结说，在青少年的世界里，能与他们互动并指导他们成长的成年人数量非常少；可以说，青少年的世界是非常小的。我们作为老师，更要珍惜这一能参与和引导孩子们成长的机会。为了帮助孩子们探索自我，让他们成为最好的自己，我们需要与他们分享自己的故事，要首先进行自我探索“我是谁？我在创造怎样的人生故事？我的Purpose是什么？”这样我们才能真正实现Teaching for Purpose，帮助孩子们进入Purpose-driven Learning 的状态，成为世界的改变者和领导者。
This is the first session of our Purpose Learning training, and we will continue with the second and third sessions in the new semester. After this training, Principal Chris remarked that there are only a few adults in a teenager's world; in some sense, the world of a teenager is very small. As teachers, we should cherish this opportunity to participate in and guide the growth of our students. In order to help them explore themselves and become their best selves, we need to share ourselves with them. We need to explore ourselves first: "Who am I? What life story am I creating? What is my Purpose?" Only in this way can we truly realize Teaching for Purpose and help studetns adopt purpose-driven Learning and become the new changers and leaders of the world.