Two weeks ago, Bao Xiaodong, a Chinese teacher at Beijing Kaiwen Academy (KWA), led his students around the campus to enjoy the scenery and taught them how to write scenery compositions. Han Siyu, a Class D Grade 7 student, shared some classroom photos through WeChat’s “Moments.” Her father left her a message that expressed his feelings after seeing these photos. The part of the message on how to quote ancient poems to depict the spring caught teacher Bao’s attention. So he invited this literary enthusiast to give KWA students a special lecture on how to appreciate ancient Chinese poems.
On April 27, this special teacher, Mr. Han Wencheng, readily came to KWA to give the lecture. Mr. Han received his master’s degree from Tsinghua University and later received his Ph.D. from China University of Petroleum. Although he once was a real ace science student, he has a humorous literary temperament, which brought a relaxed atmosphere to his Chinese lecture.
At the beginning of the lecture, Daddy Han first talked about his own job - security education. The interactive Q&A session, while allowing the students to understand how to deal with a stampede in an unexpected situation, livened the classroom atmosphere. After that, he started the lecture on how ancient poets depicted the spring. After carefully reading the Chinese textbooks for Grade 1-7 and repeatedly revising his lesson plan, Daddy Han eventually selected 19 classical spring-eulogizing poems to be shared with the students.
After the students read these poems in unison, Daddy Han patiently explained them one by one. His detailed explanation of the background for creating these poems deepened the students’ understanding of these poems. At the end of the lecture, he gave small gifts to the students present. Daddy Han expressed his appreciation for KWA’s open-school practice. “The students’ focus, comprehension, and natural and graceful style have deeply impressed me. I am very happy that Siyu can study in such a joyful atmosphere,” he commented.
Daddy Han was not the first parent to lecture at KWA. Beihang University Professor Ms. Li Huan, mother of You Shufan, a member of KWA’s debate team, gave a lecture at KWA last week. She shared her knowledge of artificial intelligence with KWA students to prepare them, and cheer them on, for the “Zongheng” debate competition to be held this Saturday.
“Grade 7 students’ ideas about artificial intelligence have exceeded my imagination. I hope that I will have the opportunity to come again and share more with the students. This process has also benefited me a lot,” Ms Li told the teachers.
KWA has always attached great importance to the family-school co-construction of the Beijing Kaiwen Academy. The parents’ understanding and participation have shortened the distance between parents and the school, promoted the mutual trust and understanding of parents and teachers, and formed a joint force to promote the students’ healthy growth.
We are grateful to the parents for their consistent attention and support. We hope more parents will join in and contribute to the growth of the children.