Learning is taking a dramatic change in the
21st century. Educators want to deliver learning from traditional
classrooms and into the real world.
Wagor Bilingual Elementary knows our future generations will face
different challenges. A traditional setting in an environment where
children learn in square, so-called safe rooms is not what can provide
and prepare them for their future. We need to take them to where
they are able to develop their natural talents and various intelligences
in diverse situations.
This year, our students went to Varsity College, in the Gold Coast
region of Australia---a down-under world where students must face
and adjust to cultural and linguistic differences daily.
It took our staff five months to prepare. Think about how much preparation
a lesson or a week's lesson will need in prep time in order for
students to have a normal class! Going out of the classroom is not
as easy as staying in the classroom because when a student leaves
the class, many different factors influence their education. Thus
we worked long to prepare our students for such exciting challenges.
We often wonder: Why, when students graduate from school, they stop
reading and hate learning? Have we as educators over stuffed them
with knowledge, killing the learning instincts or we did not teach
and demonstrate the possibility of life-long leaning? Leaving a
classroom setting is like graduating from a place and going into
a new place where everything is new and different; such an environment
requires effort to obtain information and to communicate needs.
By traveling to Australia we provide a practice environment in which
students can exercise their skills and give proof the real necessity
of life-long learning.
We are glad Wagor students took the challenge bravely. Their efforts
were rewarded greatly: they came back with abundant learning experience
and, of course, lots of good, new friends.
Thanks to our parents who believe in Wagor and their children. Their
performance was extraordinary!
We will continue to prepare more in the future.