1200+ YCYW Educators Meet for E-learning Development
To highlight and promote good practices in teaching, Yew Chung and Yew Wah held an “E-Learning Professional Development Days” event on November 27-28, 2020. Speaking at the opening, CEO and School Supervisor Dr Betty Chan Po-king, described the changes sweeping education the world over as “unprecedented”. “It is up to us to adapt our educational practices to ensure that our students can learn successfully using 21st century tools at our disposal,” she said.
Over 1,200 Chinese and Western teachers and principals from 12 schools (YCIS and YWIES) joined the sessions organised by the Curriculum and Professional Development Division (CPDD). There were three keynote speakers who set the tone and a further 98 elective workshops designed by our educators to break down the issues.
Yew Chung and Yew Wah place great faith in their teachers’ self-motivation, professionalism and willingness to share. All workshop hosts were either staff recommended by the principals or teachers who volunteered to host.
On the first day – focusing on online and blended teaching – participants exchanged experiences of their journeys that changed course in unprecedented ways from January on.
The 60 intensive workshops on the first day covered four main themes: class strategies and tools; curriculum planning and development; management and reflection; community building and wellbeing.
The themes of the workshops on the second day were “Learning Chinese” and “Learning with Chinese”, a subtle but important distinction. The participants included 350 Chinese teachers. The diversity and depth of the workshops showcased the strength of our Chinese curriculum.
Providing a summation and the note to end the occasion, Professor Paul Yip Kwok-wah, Chairman of Hong Kong Yew Wah International Education Foundation, shared his experiences over the past 60 years. He focused on the role of teachers and recalled the inspirational founding of Yew Wah. He encouraged teachers to make reading a lifelong hobby and to nurture Yew Chung and Yew Wah students to enable them to develop into outstanding citizens. Students have to be imbued with a strong humanistic spirit and the ability to think out of the box. In this new age it is important to master technology without being defined or limited by it, he concluded.
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