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We have found the schedule our Chingshin friends created for us to be extremely thoughtful and comprehensive. There is a true spirit of collaboration permeating our visit. Many, many teachers have opened their classrooms to us and we have had a chance to speak with a wide variety of educators. They are keeping us busy but also very well fed! In between observations and conversations, we are greeted with beautiful and delicious treats, many of them baked in Chingshin’s very own kitchen. Last night, we were treated to an amazing ten course meal at one of Principal Tang Shangzhi’s favorite restaurants. Here is a taste of day 2 in pictures:
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The CAIS crew had a wonderful first day visiting our new friends at Chingshin! In the morning, we had the opportunity to learn about the school’s curriculum and program and get a tour of the school, visiting the health education area (which included models of street crosswalk, elevators, and even a mini-apartment so students could practice putting their skills to use), an open-air flexible music space, a rooftop walking path through an edible garden (reserved for the 9th graders who experience the most pressure for HS exams, as a calming space), and the open learning area (another flexible space where teachers set up various centers for students to reinforce, apply, or preview skills in their classroom curriculum), where we were able to watch and participate in a 2nd grade class. Some great conversations arose about how a school’s space reflects and impacts learning, and we were eager to pick the brains of the Chingshin faculty and admin. We had the opportunity to do this over lunch, and judging by the spirited conversations around the the table, we are in for a wonderful week of learning ahead. CAIS and Chingshin faculty certainly hit it off, and we had much to talk about!
After observing two more classes and wrapping up our day at Chingshin, a battle of will with jetlag set in for many of us. But we decided to fight through and do what all good Taiwanese tourists do— eat at Din Tai Fung! Our Taiwanese experts, Chichi... » read more
Excitement ran high on Saturday morning as the 11 participants in this year’s program arrived to the SFO international departures area. We chased the sun across the Pacific to arrive with the evening to Taipei on Sunday. In the cab on the way to our hotel, Teresa and the driver swapped food recommendations, and I got a soild lesson in regional specilalties. In fact, we talked about food the entire way into the city, and as you may know, there’s some distance to cover between Taoyuan airport and downtown. But by the time we finally arrived, it was clear from 11 jetlagged faces that all those regional specialties would have to wait until tomorrow.
Today, we look forward to our first visit to Chingshin school, and, of course, to food.» read more
Participants in the second China Faculty Institute (CFI) trip, this year an educator exchange with Chingshin Elementary and Middle School, include (left to right):
- Anna Donnelly, Assistant Lower School Director
- Xiaohong (Lucy) Sui, 4th Grade Chinese Teacher
- Jack Crow, 4th Grade English Teacher
- Anne Valentino, Lower School Director
- Ping Xue,Pre-K Chinese Teacher
- Ena Chen 陈盈蓉, Chinese Learning Specialist
- ChiChi Su 蘇筱琦, 2nd Grade Chinese Teacher
- Jing-Tyng (Teresa) Shyu 徐静婷, 2nd/3rd Grade Chinese Teacher
- Emma Loizeaux 路爱玛, International Learning Coordinator
- Kaicy MacLeod 麦晟楠, 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher (English)
- Cristina Calcagno, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and PD (English)
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As part of the ongoing China Faculty Institute program created by the ShowCAIS 2014 Fund-A-Need, CAIS is sending a team of 11 teachers and staff for one week over the February break to Taipei. The trip will include a multi-day visit to Chingshin Elementary and Middle School（靜心國民中小學), learning from teachers and administrators about the school’s dual-language immersion curriculum and observing classes. Participants will then explore Taipei to learn about Taiwanese culture and daily life.
Chingshin Elementary and Middle School is a Chinese-English dual immersion independent school in Taipei, Taiwan. A delegation from Chingshin visited CAIS in October 2016; the two schools are excited to build their relationship and continue learning from each other through this “CAIS-Chingshin Educator Exchange” program.
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