Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to get it.
Over the three and a half years of the founding of Teensen Yizhong Cambridge International High School, Teensen has continued to strive for excellence, learned from peers and maintained its teaching quality in a high level. The graduates in the first year and the following have already received Unconditional Offers or Conditional Offers from top 100 universities in the world. In January, an advanced goal was made in Teensen by leading groups to further the management and quality, which is to seek direct experience from the best schools abroad. Then a delegation, led by vice president of academic management, was in financial support to Sheffield, UK. On January 12th, they embarked on a one-month journey to find “the road toward basic western education” in Birkdale School. As Teensen’s twin school in UK, amazingly, Birkdale has been one of the few schools in UK which only recruit boys in the K12 stage during its century-old history, and it has still kept its outstanding position in Sheffield’s basic education .
In Birkdale School, each teaching building is is only accessible by with password 1904, since the school was founded in 1904, combination of these four numbers. Being repeatedly input for numerous times by teachers and students here, the password reveals the hidden glorious history of this school. Thus such a gold standard permanently inspires teachers and students to be proud and recreate the brilliance.
Three different assemblies are held in Birkdale every week, respectively the whole school, the whole grade and the whole house. Each assembly lasts 15 minutes for two parts, one is notice affairs like rewards and punishments, and the other is motivational speeches from teachers, ranging from 7-10 minutes according to different topics.. There are about 40 teachers in secondary schools in total (primary school is located at another campus), thus it is amazing to hold such assemblies. How erudite the teachers are! 1 school assembly, 7 grade assemblies and 3 house assemblies, that means there are 11 per week and 44 each month, and each teacher will make at least1-2 speeches every month if counted carefully. Such frequent speeches in good quality did really show the encyclopedically learnt outcome from the teachers there. Undoubtedly, their erudition waters Birkdale and Birkdale breeds them. On the other hand, it bears abundant fruits. Teachers choose ceaseless learning and then preach, which is in itself a process of self ideological education and promotion. And students nourish themselves during such a rapid progress. I’m awed by such a power when attending the assembly, a great thing that comes from repeating a small thing with responsibility, enthusiasm, height by a group of people.
Birkdale 管理人员用了两个办法就极大的降低了老师和学生使用手机的频率。这个低频率是指在我们访问的30天中几乎没看过老师和学生使用手机，所以神奇吧。这两条是：1）老师的办公软件是校园网的e-mail，老师在校期间与同事进行网络沟通或进行家校沟通时都必须通过邮件的形式；2）老师在办公室外不允许使用手机。初到时，我们作为高频使用手机的人，真的憋坏了！更糟糕的是，没带相机，而所有的素材几乎都在办公室之外，手机的拍照功能被这条规定直接废掉了。但我们还是选择了“在校时间内放下手机”,与其说这是入乡随俗，倒不如说是在Birkdale随意用手机让人会有负疚感和羞耻感。我只在这个学校呆了不长的时间就有这样的感觉，可见他们言传身教的力量有多大！Birkdale 的手机管理教育可以说是无言的教育，但确有”此时无声胜有声“的效果。此刻，作为同行，有着同样的手机管理问题的我们要反省！我们用制度，可以说非常严苛的制度去管理手机，轻则退宿，重则退学，但是效果一比之下见高低。Birkdale的方法并没有很高明，可它的老师却高明地成就了好的管理的效果——当他们觉得有必要纠正学生的手机使用过渡问题时，他们共同选择了放下自己的欲望，克服了不用手机的不便利，用自己的行为日复一日地教育学生。这种集体式的、统一一致的言传身教是校风建设中最难能可贵！Birkdale的手机管理让我对一种力量感到敬畏：一件小事，通过一群人有责任心的、有热情的、有高度的、反复去做，就变成了一件伟大的事。
Two measures are effectively used to reduce the frequency of teachers and students using mobile phones in Birkdale. The low refers to that we hardly find teachers and students using mobile phones during the 30-day-visit. How amazing! ONE is that teaches are supposed to text with colleagues or parents only through emails of the campus network while working, and TWO is teachers are not allowed to use mobile phones outside the office. When we arrived, it was indeed changeable for us phone-support-human. What’s worse was that we have no cameras, and we could do nothing with the materials outside the office with the ban of phones. But we chose to do as the Romans do, since one would be guilty and ashamed when using it in campus. I just stayed here for short days, but the feeling surrounded me. I can’t help imagining the power of example. In Birkdale, mobile phone management is ruled on the condition of silence, but in deed silence is better than voice. At that moment, as a peer, we are supposed to reflect the management of phone in our school. Students would be dropped out of dorm or even school, but such rigorous rule doesn't bring any satisfactory results. The method is not very clever in Birkdale, while teachers there have achieved a good effect. As it becomes necessary to correct the transition of using mobile phones among students, their teachers jointly put down the desire and overcome the inconvenience. They educate the students by living like an example everyday. Collective and unified education is the most valuable in the construction of school spirit. I’m awed by power when behaving like examples, a great thing comes from repeating a small thing with responsibility, enthusiasm, height by a group of people.
Everyone takes notes in class, however here the training of taking notes in Birkdale refreshes me who has been teaching for over 20 years. It could be observed that notebooks in Birkdale are thesame in size and form, but distinguished by colors for different grades. The contents are carefully designed by teachers. All notes are the same. Part of homework is also required to be pasted on the notebook. It seems to be simple. Whereas, if you assess it by substitution, imagine that a student is trained by the same method of note-taking from preschool to high school, which is from 4 to 18 years old, and from different subjects to different teachers, how excellent the student will become in taking notes! At first, we assume that it is a rule in Birkdale. But when the teacher evaluates our findings as “interesting”, we discover that it is only a subconscious behavior, as well as the embodiment of Birkdale's deep cultural heritage. Coincidentally, on a physics class of the third grade, Mr. Black gives clear instructions for the children to put back the experimental equipment. We believe the teaching step is very beneficial to the cultivation of students' inspection habits. Later, in another history class of first grade, we came across it again. Clear instructions are arranged for children, which is to let students put the school supplies in the same file bag. We have seen the step in countless sessions across primary and secondary schools. We are deeply shocked. Educational principles like paying attention to the details, running through the wholeprocess and using the same method are put into the 14-year-education, therefore the learning literacy of the students here could be imagined. A great thing comes from repeating a small thing with responsibility, enthusiasm, height by a group of people.
Undoubtedly, Birkdale possesses successful ideological and habituation education and good school spirit locally. Across 14 grades (including preschool) in school, the great evolution to great things could be found on your own. Like what I have said before, a great thing comes from repeating the same small thing with responsibility, enthusiasm, height by a group of people. And I wonder what makes them possess these qualities, let them unite together and consciously lead by example while building up the school in silence and constancy. It is usually simple when back to roots. We recognize the identification of the century-old accumulation and high professional ethics from teachers in Birkdale. When they are combined, the teachers implement each detail jointly, and the school has the greatest force of education.
In September 2020, Teensen Yizhong Cambridge International High School will move to the beautiful back garden in Wanli district, Nanchang. Teensen will also be upgraded to a comprehensive school combined with elementary, middle and international high schools. The experiences we has taken will be entirely applied to the construction of school spirit in new campus, by doing so Teensen will have a strong driving force in education and therefore become a high-quality educational brand in the future.