SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a learning program at Beijing Enlighten School to develop the skills children need to possess when facing the challenges and lead them to be an outstanding shinning leader. “Social and emotional learning” program has five modules: agency and identity, emotional intelligence, cognitive regulation, social skills and teamwork, and public spirit and Leadership. These five modules layout the “Social and Emotional Learning” program’s capabilities, and they align with IB philosophy, approaches to learning, and learner attributes. The “Social and Emotional Learning” program at Beijing Enlighten School is a whole-child, whole-day, whole school, whole learning community project. That is, every child is the center of the “BES Ecological Network,” in which each adult’s contribution, the execution of each project, and every minute of the process all towards one goal, which is to help your child become an elite leader. Therefore, our implementation projects include Whole School Core Curriculum, Student-led Individualized Learning Program, Personal Advisory Program, Experiential Learning Program, Family Inclusion Program, and Community Service Program. Implementations for all programs are addressed separately as the following: Whole School Core Curriculum The Whole School Core Curriculum System is embedded in the learning and application of SEL soft skills from the perspective of learning content, instructional, or classroom management in each subject. SEL curriculum for each grade should be integrated into the learning process when designing module planning or lesson plan planning. Student-led Individualized Learning Program Student-led Individualized Learning refers to the autonomy of each learner in setting achievable learning goals, monitoring progress, self-reflection, and improvement. Each learner will have an individualized learning portfolio that records the prior knowledge, weaknesses and strengths, and personal learning goals, process monitoring, self-reflection and improvement, all related pieces of information. When learners set personal learning goals, teachers will advise students on feasible goals based on knowledge, weaknesses, and strengths known to learners. Each learner’s learning goals may be different, but the end goals are the same. This is active autonomy learning under standardized learning. Personal Advisory Program The primary purpose of the Personal Advisor Program is to help students develop deep educational experience at BES. Formal education for students is purposeful and comprehensive, including meaningful experiences in academic, extracurricular activities, social and emotional learning, leadership development, citizenship, and service to others. Personal Advisors ensure that every student is recognized, taken care of, and proactively cared for in our learning community. Experiential Learning Program Experiential Learning Program are challenges for students to apply SEL skills to active knowledge learning. It’s a real, proactive challenge learning journey, with students exploring knowledge, monitoring the process, reflecting and improving in a short time – an excellent opportunity to become an active learner. Experiential Learning Program is a school-wide, family, and community-wide project that provides practical channels for students to become active learners. Family Inclusion Program Planting a tree requires not only water and soil but also proper sunlight and fertilizer. A well-structured plan without family engagement is unlikely to be a shiny one. Therefore, the BES Family Inclusion Program takes the family as one of the main motivations of the learning community and welcomes each family to participate in the students’ learning process. Community Service Program The fifth module of SEL is public spirit and leadership, which refers to a real interest in community well-being and an investment in personal physical and mental health, and is also the outcome of SEL. Community Service Program includes participation in local and global community projects. Students will apply SEL skills such as goal setting, schedule monitoring, self-reflection and improvement, creative planning and problem-solving, effective communication skills, teamwork, pro-social skills, emotions management skills… in the implementation of Community Service Program incisively and internally. These services are also essential soft skills that BES students need to process for becoming elite leaders in the 21st century.
ARTS & AESTHETICS IN EDUCATION
Our bilingual international school is grounded on developing the full potential of the individual. Today, more than ever before, the values and skills promoted by the Arts are essential in achieving the depth of learning for our students. Creativity, problem-solving, and expressing talent as part of a collective are critical competencies in developing resilience and fostering inclusion. Moreover, this is highly significant to nurture a mentality of innovation and freedom of expression, which is now fundamental in our connected societies. Arts education has profound and long-lasting benefits for all learners inside BES. It allows each student to express emotions, to build skills and competencies upon prior knowledge. Most importantly, Arts education provides students with a flexible mind-frame in which mistakes are lived as part of a creative process. Music, Visual Arts, Dance, and Drama also build the psychological foundations for self-confidence, inspiration, and well-being, allowing students to express themselves in their being unique. Music Playing a Musical instrument and learning how to be part of an ensemble challenges students’ hearts and minds. This feeling pushes students at BES to be the best version of themselves, critically thinking about their preparation and self-evaluating ways of creating better compositions. Expressing our views and feelings through Musical creativity gives an open and profoundly focused perspective on how to deal with rapid change giving students skills to make decisions based on their preparation. In playing in an orchestra or a small ensemble, Music provides the elements of strong collaboration between individuals. Playing a musical instrument enables people to follow directions rigorously and listen to one another, supporting each participant’s contribution. Students at BES will all experience general music classes and learn to play instruments inside the music lesson. Visual Arts Exposing the individual student to the potential of Visual Arts at BES means recognizing the significance of one’s view of the world. How can I see the world from your eyes? What shades of our surroundings are essential for you as a person? How can we identify the colors of nowadays society? These are some questions that come to mind when structuring learning and teaching at BES and expanding how students can use drawing and painting techniques to display their work. Creating context in the Visual Arts means being able to see the nuances of well-known artists and thinking outside of the box to explore other ways to depict a scene or a particular emotion. Dance and Drama Moreover, Dance and Drama are also two subjects valued as essential at BES. Dance recognizes the body of an individual as the manifestation of beauty and serves as a path for dynamic expression and strengthening muscles. Drama, as a taught subject, provides the students with a combination of skills from more disciplines. It represents ourselves in other contexts; it allows students to recognize their own emotions in aligning to a specific character and valuing the interconnection between more characters within a particular role. Arts in education bring about change in connecting the individual disciplines to the other subjects allowing students to see the transdisciplinary connection of the skills acquired in each area of knowledge. Finally, BES believes in designing learning so that students experience education holistically in considering their path in every subject as a growing opportunity to become lifelong learners.
Our local contexts have become more global just by using the technology that surrounds us each day, and each moment we spend watching videos, looking at photos and taking notes on our tablet. It is, however, now the time to guide the digital world inside our learning environments while making sure that young generations make the most of its use keeping their well-being at the core of their lives. How can we co-construct meaning with our learners while giving them the chance to express themselves through Digital Literacies? What does that mean in our learning environment? Augmented and Virtual Reality has become such an area of exploration for learning activities being implemented inside the curriculum into specific subject areas. AR and VR are widely used to underline the importance of living and simulating real experiences that one would do while travelling, moving into space and communicating with people on the other side of our world. There are numerous platforms and hardware used in learning settings. At Beijing Enlighten School VR is experienced through Oculus, which is a headset that allows learners to engage with virtual reality at the best high definition and quality of video streaming. Robotics is another area where learning happens, and our BES students can build their first robots by using LEGO Mindstorm as well as coding them with Scratch, Swift or other Coding Languages conducive to learning. Our focus on robotics is led by a vision of design-based activities where students are the agents of their learning. Younger students can develop their spatial skills as well as thinking creatively to assign codes to robots that will make movements based on the choices of students. The late World Economic Forum 2020 Report underlines how in ten years from now, the work environment will look highly different from what we can see or can imagine. This argument based on research data coming from different sources underlines the importance of providing learners with experiences that align as much as possible with the projections on how markets are moving forward. The Technology realm is indeed moving at a rapid pace, yet, the more we investigate its potential, the more we may realize how the future is continuously human-led. That is why BES wants to concentrate the attention of learners to Literacies, which will allow making use of the Digital tools effectively to innovate the future that awaits the world of tomorrow. How can you as a learner, as a parent or a teacher be part of this? Our learning community welcomes the support and expertise of professionals who want to bring this alive inside the classrooms. Aside from our Tech specialists, we involve a variety of professional figures such as Engineers, Designers and Artists to enrich the experiences that learners may have in the classroom. In guiding and developing students’ talents, we wish you to be part of this educational transformation that needs to happen to lead our students to become the leaders and agents of their own lives to create a better world.