CTBC International Academy Newsletter_Week 14

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One of our teachers came up with the idea to get his students to take a step back in time and study hieroglyphics. Each student had to translate their name into corresponding symbols. They then painted those names and drew appropriate pictures for that era of time. It was an eye-opener for them as the class taught a slice of history also. The students were proud of their achievements.

In the second photo, two students can be seen studying outside, relaxing on the deck in the more comfortable December weather. This deck is directly outside the teachers’ office. The teachers and students can interact easily and freely in this wonderful environment. The wooden design and placement of the aforementioned decks make for a great place for the students to congregate. After midday, the sun becomes invisible in the courtyard, so the students can avoid the sweltering heat of the sun.

Here’s a look at some other education systems around the world. Some are pretty strange, but we here at CIA are experimenting with a range of ideas and borrowing from some aspects of these systems to create something new and dynamic.

Finland
This country definitely has the weirdest education system. Children don’t start school until they are 7 years old and don’t have to do homework or take exams; at least until they’re teenagers.

At CIA, we give fewer exams than most high schools in the country. Instead of exams, we encourage project-based learning and research activities to allow our students to “take control” of how they study and learn.

Although the education system in Finland seems upside down, they have some of the best test results in the world. Maybe they’re doing it right!

France
This is probably one of the best education systems in our eyes, because you only have to go to school four days a week. Most students get the Wednesday off, as a mid-week break.

At CIA, our students have a camp on Fridays when they learn other, non-academic fields of study, such as design, international relations, and unusual sports.

CIA students  painted their names and drew appropriate pictures for that era of time

CIA students can be seen studying outside, relaxing on the deck in the more comfortable December weather

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