Teachers at TWIS value life-long learning, just as the International Baccalaureate (IB) has always advocated. To provide students with a more innovative, comprehensive and diverse teaching and learning framework, TWIS is committed to providing high-quality seminars and workshops for teachers so that educators from different countries and disciplines can exchange cutting-edge teaching methods and trends. After all, teacher quality is the greatest predictor of student success.
On 9 and 10 October, teachers and staff returned early from their holiday to engage in professional development.
Mr. David Calia
PYP Workshop Leader
David Calia先生主导了小学项目的工作坊，主题是关于如何教导幼儿阅读。他分享了一年级老师教他的经历，当时老师过时的教学方法根本无法培养他对阅读的热爱。因此，David先生介绍了Jolly Phonics英语拼音法的教学方式。这是一套源自英国，现在被世界各地所沿用的英语学习方法，课程内容包含视觉、听觉和触觉元素，协助儿童运用多重感官进行学习。
Mr. David Calia facilitated the workshop for our primary teachers on teaching young children to read. He shared his experience being taught by his first-grade teacher whose archaic approach to teaching did not develop at all his love for reading. Mr. David introduced Jolly Phonics, which is a set of English learning approaches that originated in the UK and are currently applied all over the world. Jolly Phonics includes the coordination of visual, auditory and tactile elements to help children learn English with multiple senses.
Born and raised in the United States, Mr. David Calia, has a master’s degree in Special Education and TESOL certification. He started working in China in 2006, and is now a teacher trainer and works with local governments to advance the correct way of teaching reading to instill the love of reading to children. He also believes that by directly working with teachers, he can make a bigger, positive impact in education.
总校长 Ms. Ann Gaillard
Jolly Phonics: 多感官学习法 Jolly Phonics: A Multi-sensory Approach
“TWIS was very pleased to welcome Mr. David Calia on October 9th who led an introductory workshop on Jolly Phonics to our staff. I first had the opportunity to learn about Jolly Phonics while teaching in Japan, and I found it amazing how young children became fluent readers by using the multi-sensory approach of the program. My three children all learned to read using Jolly Phonics, and they can still recall most of the actions associated with the sounds. It was good to be reminded of the importance of introducing the letter sounds first even before the alphabet.”
TWIS is officially a candidate school for the IB Middle Years Programme. As part of the requirements of the candidacy phase, the school invited an IB Workshop Leader to the school to introduce our staff to the MYP curriculum geared towards preparing students to engage in the highly-rigorous Diploma Programme.
“I came away from the course feeling that I’d just experienced an extremely high quality, holistic and practical two-day course that also increased my own understanding of the MYP dramatically.
The workshop was helpful to both new and experienced MYP teachers as we were presented with a series of practical group tasks that made sense of the sometimes quite complicated process of creating MYP units and of creating excellent formative tasks in support of the unit.
In addition, it helped us understand and manage the crucially important task of assessing our student’s works with the highest possible standards to arrive at a fair assessment through a highly practical and honest process for us teachers.”