人生本來就有很多事,是徒勞無功的啊 !

照片來源:那些年,我們一起追的女孩 ,movie ( 2011)。
照片來源:那些年,我們一起追的女孩 ,movie ( 2011)。
沈佳宜的名言:「人生本來就有很多事,是徒勞無功的啊。」
當我把電影『那些年,我們一起追的女孩』反反覆覆咀嚼了好幾遍,我總覺得這句話能引起我好多回響和領悟。
光是讀書、考試這個羈絆著你十幾年求學時光,就是第一件徒勞無功的事,我們不斷的求好成績好跨入那心目中的理想學校,我們選擇我們要讀的夢幻科系或興趣,但到後來從事的行業並非我們當初所設定。過程固然重要,人生的體會不就是跌倒了讓你學會爬起來然後繼續往前走?難道,我們所花費在學習任何事物上的時間和金錢最終追求的(並非)只是一張文憑(結果)而已!?由於要面對現實的經濟和社會考量,不得不放棄興趣,把夢想的順位暫時排在 “等有錢的時候再做” 的藉口堆中和待辦事項的list。柯景騰也信誓旦旦的說:「妳相不相信,就算我不會log,十年後還是可以活得好好的?」我認同他的話,九把刀他現在確實頂著暢銷書作者頭銜應證他的諾言。 許多藝人、歌手也是經過十年寒窗或受訓,等待機會才竄紅。堅持自己的夢想沒有錯,但在成功成名之前有誰能看到他們追求夢想的心酸? 你怎能說他們在成功之前的付出是徒勞無功!?長大後我瞭解,學習的過程中不是要追求某種目的或使未來很有錢、很有權之類的。許多人生的挑戰和抉擇都是在過程中習得領悟的。如果說 “人生本來就有很多事,是徒勞無功”這樣的話成立的話,難道我要每天責怪自己讀錯科系活在一個庸人自擾、自怨自哀的世界裡嗎? 只能說我贊同這句話但非能使我完全信服。最近,我常常很羨慕報章雜誌上報導,二十幾歲的年輕人自己出來創業,不管是開店做生意還是做投資,他們的月收入能高於平常大學生畢業的起薪22k。這也是另一項能激起我奮鬥力量的夢想之一。光看表面,一般人的評價也許認為他們是在從事不穩定的工作或是投資報酬率有風險的工作,或者有些長輩、官員則笑看他們 “ 那些工作根本只要國中畢業就可以做了阿、那我也可以來做阿”等鄙視的語氣來看待。但我這幾個月讀了許多他們的故事之後才知道, 他們因為有勇氣、敢嘗試、不怕苦、追尋夢想而走向這條艱辛的路。當然有人成功的早,也有人和我一樣迷失自我,渾渾噩噩過日子,我們不需要太氣餒,也許要以現在做的事看起來徒勞無功但將來它會是一番作為的心態來面對會好一點。也有人說學歷(學習)沒那麼重要,但它又是造就你將來在社經地位的無形助力和培養專業技術的後盾。如果說gap year、working holiday是讓大多數美國、歐洲青少年在大學尚未畢業前提早追尋夢想和生涯的探索之旅,他們等同於在人生的未來藍圖中比我們先知道自己要的是什麼以及缺少了什麼。相對來說,他們從中學到更多自主判斷能力和夢想實現的動力來源,這才是我們要效法學習的地方。 這個道理很簡單,譬如說,我讀了7年以上的外語科系,但它並非是我人生中唯一的夢想或是未來的生涯考量。這也是我決定不再用我那自以為很好的英文來表達我的感覺一樣。也許我用中文來傳達我的情感和憤怒比英文來的好多了。誰知道先前我寫了10篇有關於英語教學的部落格文章會不會根本是無採工有異曲同工之妙。因此,我不會否定我所學過的(知識)、我所走過的(經驗),但我會把它們好好運用在我未來人生所需要輔佐的事物上。
徒勞無功事件時在太多了,但在我深深的腦海裡第二件事,是愛情。這句話套在許多電影的男女主角的淒美愛情上再適合不過。當然,在現實中愛情長跑≠終成眷屬;好朋友≠戀人。 因為一見鍾情有可能是男女關係中壓垮元配的最後一根稻草,小三的銷魂誘惑有可能是男人眼中所謂的“真愛”,或者又只是男人肉體上/心靈上暫時的慰藉和依靠?愛情常常就是那理所當然“徒勞無功”的投資與被寵壞的習慣,因為人們心中常常認為所謂的愛情,在他/她眼中根本不是愛情,也許就只是替代品、玩物或是“朋友”之間的交情。 “Let’s be friend!”我對這句虛偽的話又愛又恨,他既老掉牙又不討人喜歡卻常常出現在所謂愛情是發生在不對時空、不對的人身上。 當你認為你很愛某一個人時,他告訴你他並不愛你,我們只是朋友,這就是一件很傷、很令人沮喪之徒勞無功的廢事。 當一見鍾情換成別人時,你才知道你已經出局了。當你成為惹人厭的小三或是成為男人間狗屁的“純友誼”,時,先別太高興,因為你也許可以暫時擁有那份搶來的疼愛與(不)屬於你的“愛情”,但並非他能成為你真實的男朋友或公開的交往對象。我不禁想起老王的一句話,難道你能保證你以後交男朋友他不會背叛你、你不會背叛他嗎? 因為他們曾經背著他們的女朋友/男朋友偷偷來。過……這樣的話只會使我愈來愈不相信愛情而已,因為愛情是盲目的,愛情原來本是徒勞無功的,無非是靠長時間兩人之間的摩擦、契合、默契與信任而來,並非只是 “愛情”兩個虛幻的單詞而已,浪漫又不能當飯吃!?
照片來源:那些年,我們一起追的女孩 ,movie ( 2011)。

照片來源:那些年,我們一起追的女孩 ,movie ( 2011)。

許多事、許多話、許多人每天在我們身邊不經意的出現,它也許看起來是那麼稀鬆平常,但我相信在未來,那也許是一件寶貴的經驗、一句箴言或者他是你生命中重要的人(貴人)。
現在回頭看我那失敗、自認為擁有來的 “愛情”,那的確到頭來是一場空、一場夢、一無所有。因為, 人生本來就有很多事,是徒勞無功的啊-沈佳宜。(appirio)
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Chinese Trend in Language. Week 10

Photo Credit : k-international.com

Photo Credit : k-international.com

Language is the reflection of our culture and life.Nowadays, as we live in the global village, we have been using abundant loanwords from foreign languages and keep creating new words to integrate our cultures time to times. Not mention to that in some Asian countries, people are very accustomed to use loanwords from western areas, such as Europe and America. In China and Taiwan , we also like to use loanwords. And in recently, we have been using loanwords more and more. For example, “sofa”(沙發), “copy”(拷貝), “BENZ”(賓士),“Spirite”(雪碧)、“mini”(迷你)、“clone”(克隆基因複製)、 “Taxi” (的士) etc…Also, the advantage of language as the loanword could be easily and semantically transfer into the representation to describe the phenomenon or circumstance which even never appeared in your society in that exotic interpretation of language ,such as “Guanggun” refer to Chinese people they are unmarried or keep single status ; “Fenqing” refer to those furious young generation who against their government.

Video and News resource: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24677113

“Tuhao” (土豪) is the Chinese words specifically to describe people are super rich but somehow shows in the way of tacky and vulgar. BBC also reported this trend as “A new word has suddenly become wildly popular in China – “tuhao” – which loosely translated means “nouveau riche”.”“Tuhao” this new word probably had inference in China in these years that as those young people play online virtual games and possess amount of money and treasures badly, while, in real life most of people in China are struggling for making life with lower social positions. And it is even the slight chance to be in the circle of rich people due to they face the problem as they are amid the widening wealth gap between rich and poor. Originally , “Tuhao” represented in that prosperous time those rich Communists offensively had excessive in self-display or expenditure. For example, we call Chen is perfectly a “tuhao”, as he claims he is the rich businessman and the philanthropist while visiting Taiwan to distribute his money and ethos to people and media publicly.  Besides ,Apple’s iPhone 5 s new smart phone also uses “Tuhao gold” version as promotion in Chinese to hit the market.

Chen , Chinese businessman , he unselfishly but bossily distributed his money as red envolope as 5 hundred millions NTD  to citizens and 3.65 mollions NTD to charity institutions while he visiting Taiwan in 2011. Photo Credit : Apple daily

Chen , Chinese businessman ,he acted like a “tuhao” in the headline of paper and News. He unselfishly but bossily distributed his money in the red envelopes as 5 hundred millions NTD to citizens and 3.65 million NTD to charity institutions while he visiting Taiwan in 2011.
Photo Credit : Apple daily

Apple's new smartphone features "Tuhao gold" as following the rich trend!

Apple’s new smart phone features “Tuhao gold” version as following the rich trend!

Language is not merely the tool for communication anymore, it produces and develops a lot of varieties and meanings in our culture whether in the way of “input” (borrowing words) or “output” (lending words). To English speakers, they also take for grantly regard these general Chinese interpretation such as “Kung fu” , “Taichi” “Confusious” or “Fensheui” as their usage of language. Therefore, this kind of trend of integrated exotic language makes people’s communication more flexible and culture into diverse without country barriers as we share the common languages and cultures at the same time.(appirio)

Moreover, we need some special dictionary like COCA (1)and Onelook (2)to specify and distinct those new words or loanwords which we can not look up by our old paper dictionary neither on general Online dictionary .Especially for those people like journalists or scholars they are engaged to make their writing or data as unity while describe the factual event or interpretation. I did the test of loanwords searching both on COCA and Onelook  corpus engines and they showed me the exact lexical definition and references below.

(1) Here is one of Online dictionary, COCA.

http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/x.asp?r1=&w=1140&h=641

The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) is the largest freely-available corpus of English, and the only large and balanced corpus of American English. And it is used by tens of thousands of users every month (linguists, teachers, translators, and other researchers). COCA is also related to other large corpora that it has created.

Step 1 : type in the word you want to search and select following options or filters by cotagories or resources.

Step 1 : type in the word(eg: Taichi) you want to search for definition and select following options or filters by categories or resources.

Step 2 , the site shows the word which have been used or appeared in some resources. And you can select one of them which is related to your data.

Step 2 , the site shows the list of word which have been used or appeared in some resources. And you can freely select one of them which is related to your data.

Step 3 : COCA 's searach result shows that "Taichi" has been refer to one of exercise..

Step 3 : according to COCA ‘s search result ,it shows that “Taichi” could be refer to one of exercises..

(2) Here is another useful Online dictionary, One Look.

http://www.onelook.com

This web site as a search engine for words and phrases which more than 19 million words in more than 1000 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook® search engine.

Step 1 : In the front page of Onelook , you can type your wondered words (eg:Qilin) or type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern.

Step 1 : In the front page of Onelook , you can type your wondered words (eg:Qilin) or type a pattern consisting of letters and the wildcards * and ? to retrieve a list of words matching your pattern.

Step 2 : It shows the results from varied online reosources.  Then select one with attached link which is colse to your data.

Step 2 : It shows the results from varied online resources.
Then select one with attached link which is close to your data.

Step 3 : the link brings you to the wiki site with defination. But we may get same resault  by google as well.

Step 3 : the link brings you to the wiki site with definition. But we may get same result by google as well.

Step 4 : I tried again by different online resources , and it showed me the same definition from another site, Wordnik.

Step 4 : I tried again by different online resources , and it showed me the same definition from another site, Wordnik.

ECO School,Ashley School .Week 9

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Photo Credit : Ashley School 

Ashley C of E Primary School is the school going toward future approaches and sustainable living in the UK. The mission of this school and establishment ,they serves the school as the well-learning environment to provide a happy, caring, Christian environment where children develop independence and self-confidence whilst achieving their full potential.

Kids have their potato varieties which grow by them selves. Photo Credit :Ashley School

Kids have their potato varieties which grow by them selves.
Photo Credit :Ashley School

The school features the series of eco-friendly curriculum and they make kids actively do the practices in life with several approaches and projects. For instance,the first approach ,Kids in Ashley not only learn how to protect the earth and the society , they grow organic foods by them own in the farm of school. In the meanwhile,they learn the benefit of waste could be reused for feeding animals or growing other foods as silage. In the second approach, by each seasonal Green Stall, they sell their foods or homemade produce to school community, such as refreshing home-made cordials, jams ,chutneys, fruits, herbs and vegetables. In the third approach ,since kids they had much knowledge about sustainable developing by doing actions both in school and life.From year 6 ,they have chance to visit The House of Parliament in the UK and give their speeches to authorities about why school should make emphasize on the sustainable living issue into the course book of curriculum. Children in the school has unlimited potential and imagination to explore and discover this changing world and individauls beside coursebooks.The fourth approach is the design of the building , Ashley is rated as the best school in Surrey for energy consumption as they produce renewable energy from solar panels and sourced wood chip biomass boiler. Kids and their family also take part in the energy-saving contest called ‘100 Club Challenges’ held by Ashley in the summer term, and which successful group would be celebrated and certificated in the school assembly.

ClimateChangeSchoolsProject

The monthly values in Ashley School leads students spirits and motivations more active and faithful. (Refer to Ashley School Website)

September 2013 – July 2014

Month Value
September 2013 Respect
October 2013 Happiness
November 2013 Unity
December 2013 Love
January 2014 Hope
February 2014 Trust
March 2014 Thoughtfulness
April 2014 Appreciation
May 2014 Quality
June 2014 Fairness
July 2014 Courage

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Ashley School is the creative environment for kids to learn and live in the real life curriculum .As the aim of holistic education , students perceive the knowledge and  real experiences mentally and physically here.Learning is the endless way whether from very young age or whenever, In Ashley school ,kids are involved in much training work to cultivate their confidence and independence spontaneously , such as kids have their organic vegetables and foods in their lunch while they grow by them own; kids learn how to use the waste, energy efficiently and effectively ;school and teachers guide kids accomplish numerous tasks and solutions ; kids explore their creativity and stimulate their learning desire. Education is neither the tool nor textbook to children , it is the channel connecting future world and approaching children’s dreams. Though the extraordinary experiences and challenges in Ashley ,they understand to keep the society , the world healthy is such significant and try to tell people that we should start to act from ourselves and the communities.(appirio)

Reference:

Ashley C of E Primary School : http://www.ashleyschool.org.uk/

Ashley Road
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey KT12 1HX

Young leaders in sustainability at Ashley School Photo Credit :cultureshift

Young leaders in sustainability at Ashley School
Photo Credit :cultureshift

Cultureshift Project : http://www.cultureshift.org.uk/portfolio/whole-school-food-growing-young-leaders-in-sustainability-at-ashley-school/

Mental Training Workshop, Week 8

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Photo Credit :holabirdsports

In my teacher education program, we took the diverse range of courses, in addition to the profession (subject), we also study something related to educational pre-service curriculum with the series of knowledge, attitudes, behaviors and skills. Group Consultation is one of pragmatic courses for student to learn how to deal with some students with special disabilities or mental problems.12/20 I went to one of mental training with teacher, Lin and her research team .She had much experience for that and some individual cases. In recently she has been involving in leading the group of young physical students (basketball ,tennis and other sports) for group mental training which designated by National Sports Affairs Council.  To athletes,whether losing or wining the competition ,it is such a big challenge when it comes to a mental or stress adaptation.

I went to Taipei Xin Xing Junior High School with teacher and her team and where is the specialized school gathering most of excellent teen national tennis players around Taiwan. The teacher started the mental training by asking some general questions about tennis, study and life in the beginning. As the students as members naturally give their feedback refer to questions or specific topic though the conversation, they may feel free to release the stress or discover the certain problem. Regarding the common or individual problem they mention, and then the leader makes the group cohesiveness by guiding them to find best solutions or alternatives for their problems. The key of the group consultation is that how the leader as guide goes though the interpersonal communication with their members by each one’s the truest emotional or inspiring sharing. Being the leader the one speaks less in the group but tries to listen and encourage his or her members to speak out their mental feelings. The goal of mental training though sharing is to gain the personal or group improvement either in the mental or physical side. Beside sharing and communicating, the mental activity is another beneficial strategy in the mental training to help members learn and understand their thought and behaviors.

During the typical mental activity, the objective or goal of the activity is set firmly in advance, such as how to help students get into their career plan or make personal improvement for current status. In order to get solutions for personal or group issues, members were asked to think and retrospect some impressive events or time with either the highest mood or lowest mood. They wrote them down as the timeline of life. Through the chart of timeline, they clearly see in which life events effect their emotion most or least, and try to do something to make better on-going or future timeline for career plan or personal improvement. In the similar activity, student also can write down their goals in the small card and following solutions to remind them work hard for their dreams.

In conclusion, the role of leader in a mental therapy is as the guide to offer positive support and listening instead of dominating or giving. Through this experience and practice, beside the therapy, surprisingly I had some acquaintance with the hardship and private issues of tennis training and its field at least. By reason of ethical consideration as group consultation’s latest requirement, it is also prescribed to keep the members issues private afterward as professional job indeed.

English Class Demo and Review, Week 7

We finally had our English class demonstration following our designed syllabus finished in high school .We all take serious and work hard for it,even though two of my partners are well-experienced teachers . We did have few times rehearsals and discussion for watching each other’s teaching errors or defects. There are several mistakes and suggestions are pointed out and mentioned by our instructor after the demonstration. For general review and my personal part :1. less confident during lecturing.The way of my speaking and intonation is not too firm but weak and it may be difficult to draw students’s attentions in class.2. less interaction with students.We may pick random students to answer the question under instructions .They love contest ,try to design some activities with several groups .3.Make the complicated idea simple. Once teach new sentence pattern , given examples to students right away so that they could freely practice or answer your question properly. Use given patterns and ask them to make sentences. 4.Try to create some interesting connection among students and increase their learning motivation on context.For example: The international time zone with time differences is apparently a good example teaching reference for them.With authentic practice by referring to our neighborhood or familiar buildings while asking them sort of preposition questions.5.Poor board writing. The handwriting on board with chalk looks messy and strange without organized and ordered outlines.6.Integration.Though three of us teach different parts around the topic “preposition” , but we should have clear connection and transitions between each session. In conclusion , we have done fairly satisfied with both some general mistakes as well as some positive reactions from students .We know how to improve them now at least after a real trial. we learn each other .Though this teaching experience , I learn how to work with partners and try to figure out the better ,effective solution to help each other.

one of our teachers goes down and closer to students lecturing.

We had co-teachers to film the performance and reactions between students and teacher during  the whole class.

Students were asked to answer the questions on the worksheets guided by teachers with instruction during  class session

Students were asked to answer the questions on the worksheets guided by teachers with instruction during class session.

One of our teachers went down closer to students to gain more interactions in his lecturing.

One of our teachers went down closer to students to gain more interactions in his lecturing.

In order to encourage students take part in class activities activily and speak out English paragraphs, we had prepared presents in advance to motivate their learning engagement. engagement.

In order to encourage students take part in class activities actively and speak out English paragraphs, we had prepared presents in advance to motivate their learning engagement.

Students are listening the lecture.

We had some good feedback and responds from students sometimes during a lecture.

English Class Demonstration Syllabus Outline 12/12

Teaching Objectives :

  1. Ensure that sudents can use prepositions and understand the meanings.
  2. Ensure that sudents can speak English idioms accurately.
  3. Ensure that sudents can use accurate prepositions for location within pictures .
  4. Ensure that sudents can point out right location by prepositions.
  5. Ensure that sudents can read and spell English Time expressions(one, two, three…sixty o’clock,a quarter, half, past and to).
  6. Ensure that sudents can be active to engage in class activities.
  7. Ensure that sudents can be active to make sentences.
  8. Ensure that sudents can be active to answer or react the questions and instructions.

Syllabus (outline version)

General Topic:Preposition

  1. Warm up – By listing a pop song with rap “XX in the house ” ,students may get attentions for topic of preposition before class starts.
  2. A Part : Numbers and Time expressions.(Peggy)
  3. B Part: Preposition uses for time.(George)
  4. C Part: Preposition uses for locations.(Jack)
  5. Activity and Practice: Handout the worksheets to students during class.
  6. Conclusion

Other considerations

  1. Class session :45 minutes.
  2. Materiel reference: Textbook,Internet,personals.
  3. Student information : 7 th grades , 30 people.
  4. Teaching style :lecturing ,activities,grouping,sharing,presentation.
  5. Teaching equipment:Projector,PC,Speaker,Internet,blackboard.
  6. Learning requirement:arrange seats by groups and hand out worksheets.
    Free presents prepared for encouraging student to engage in class activities more.
  7. Teaching review and resource: DV recording ,class observation with given evaluation form and one professional instructor during teaching.

Class Demonstration Project, Week 6

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Class Demonstration Project, Week 6

We have a big challenge in this week. Two friends and I design one English class for class demonstration in high school by next week. Firstly, we contact the teacher who teaches in that class to ensure our teaching context is appropriate and suitable for their learning level of English. We are also asked to make comprehensive analysis about students’ learning backgrounds and limitations before design the formal class syllabus. In this part, we will have our analysis and draft reviewed and corrected by the professor who in charge of supervising every teaching group with different subjects for class demonstration. For me I am kind of nervous due to I have less teaching experiences among them. By that day, we will take turns to teach one by one with equal time given and under nearly 30 students (7 grades), one formal teacher, one professor and us. Though both of them, my partners are brilliant experienced teachers, we still have meetings once a week to exchange ideas to modify our draft of project for better class.

In the Analysis part, we analyze or assume students’ learning capacity of English, attitudes, motivations, misunderstandings (myth), learning skills(Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing), and their preference of learning style and self-learning resources. All of assumptions and considerations below we suggested below are based on their age /grade and government’s educational standards.

1. Student’s learning capacity and level of English

In their learning background before 7 grades (non-native speaker), they are already capable to make the simple sentences, answer the questions and describe the expressions briefly under instructions. With understanding of reading, they can use at least basic 1200 words and read short stories according to government’s educational standards including the application of nouns, verbs, adjectives, conjunctions, auxiliaries, and singular/plural. With understandings of listening and speaking, they are able to have simple conversations, greetings and give/ receive short messages

Sentence Example in 7 grades capacity:

1) Would you please (come here/ clean the blackboard)?

2) May I …? Yes, please.

3) What are these/ those? They are (tigers).

4) What do you like/ need/ want?

5) What time is it?

6) What color is it? It’s (red) .

7) Can you (do/ draw/ read? (I can do/ draw/ read.)

8) Where is your book?

9) It is in/ on/ by the table.

10) Where are (the books)?

2. Misunderstanding

First, in the Phonics of English, students may have different learning experiences about the way of pronunciation and spelling, such as American natural phonetic alphabet, the IPA symbols of English segments or other else(Chinese Pinyin).

Second, some students could recognize the English words (in reading) but they could not use them (writing or speaking).

3. Attitudes and motivations

To those low-performing students in class, they may feel frustrated and helpless or with less motivation to English class.

4.Students preference of learning style and activities

Based on spiral learning structure (Bruner’s spiral curriculum), students are given chances to integrate skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing systematically in classroom as well as in real life. With authentic, functional teaching approaches, students are given motivations to learn real communications and context practices though activities, games, role-play, English songs and contests.

For technology use, except traditional tape and CD for listening practice, teachers are encouraged to use internet, online video, projectors to make teaching more attractive and creative.

For extra English improving resources, students can learn more wide range of English though Internet, magazines, movies, novels or handouts.

For student learning circumstances, students are suggested to work in groups and in the way of Learning Community in order to stimulate unexpected ideas and reach efficiency and effectiveness though cooperation . (appirio)

Kiran Sethi and DFC, Week 5

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This week, one of our classes invited the representative of DFC of Taiwan, Kate Hsu to address an inspiring speech. She shared us that the story started occasionally and unexpectedly as she was fascinated by an Indian woman, Kiran Sethi’s short speech on Ted , then she translated English title into Chinese of the video , also sent an email to Lady Kiran about her amazing, impressive speech. Surprisingly, they had common consensus after a while acquaintance. Kate quit her job of English teacher in public school, she also flew to India, England, USA and other cities to experience DFC’s fantastic power among kids worldwide. Now she is the general director of DFC in Taiwan with full supports from Lady Kiran from India. She tries very hard to spread Kiran’s education conviction around Taiwan’s schools.

Link:

http://www.ted.com/talks/kiran_bir_sethi_teaches_kids_to_take_charge.html

Summary

 

“I Can”—-“Aware—-“Enable be changed”——“Empowered”

Contagious is a good word, the faith of “I can” affects the person , the family ,the school ,the community and the whole India .In riverside school, Ahmedabad, Kiran started her idea and encouraged kids to break the boundary between school and life. Kids learn to design solutions for a diverse range of problems. Once they think of the idea “I can”, people around them would be infected the idea as “You can” also their parents believe their kids are capable to change something, finally this idea is as powerful as contagious to change the million lives and the world so as “We can”.

Kiran believes kids are gifted and empowered to change themselves as well as the world. “I can” is not only a slogan of this movement, it helps kid discover their potential power and discover their desires even though in most of India cities they are born from complex family such as poverty, low-educates, alcoholism. It is easy to be in “contagious” via DFC. For example: First, kids are given the chance to experience the laboring hard work and to try to endure those physical discomforts from long-time working after they discover the problem. Second, kids would get awareness of the importance of child labor abolishment issue .Third, try to change the problem with best solutions. They walk to streets out of classroom to tell street vendors stop employing child labors. In another DFC model case, kids teach their parents how to read and write in order to concern about the illiterate problem in India.

Kiran successfully launched this idea of movement throughout the cities all over elementary and high schools in India in 3 years. Moreover she found the “DFC” Design For Change global movement in 2009, which has spread over Asia, Europe, America and UK more than 30 counties since then. In riverside school, India, Kiren, founder of the school also created a series of complete innovated curriculum for kids to challenge to change the life, the world.

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About Kiran Sethi

Kiran is a founder of Design For Change (DFC), and founder-director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, Gujarat,India, this movement has spread to over 35 countries in three years. Kiran started this global movement with a conviction that if children are empowered and made to feel that they can take matters into their hands, they will change the world for the better.

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DFC Project and Challenge steps

1.   Take one idea 2. Choose one week 3. Change the lives or the world.

(1)  Feel – This step asks students to observe the situations in their community that bother them. After drawing out a list of situations, the students choose one that they would like to change. They explore why this situation bothers them, who are the people affected by this situation and who are the people involved in creating this situation.

(2)  Imagine – This step encourages students to interact with the people of their community to identify points of intervention and possible solutions. The students create their best-case scenario and re-design this situation to make it better.

(3)  Do – The students then develop a plan of action, keeping in mind the resources, budget, time and human resources they have. They then implement this plan.

(4)  Share – The final step is to share the story of change so that other people may be able replicate their solution and also be inspired to new problems. All stories of change are shared on the DFC website. Besides this, schools and organizations host events where the young change-leaders and their stories are celebrated!

Conclusion –the mission of Education

We wonder that “what the mission of education is” after listening the awe-inspiring speech from Kate and Kiran on Ted. Most of children in this generation, they may feel doubtful, fearful or helpless, restricted to their future or now on. They don’t know why to learn and how to learn well, they follow the rules and receive the fixed education which school/government selected, managed. Education is powerful as same as knowledge, we learn, we read and write, we perceive, we appreciate though education and textbook, but we barely experience and achieve it in our school life or in the future.

DFC is the wonderful, amazing concept for children to comprehend the real world, to take challenge for individual even the society, the world. The mission of education is not too ideal to achieve if it is just as government’s policies or the by-product of chaotic, fast-reformulating society. The initial mission of education is simple and easy that helping children find their dreams and create their extraordinary life experiences through challenges and learning. In other words, education serves as the channel of knowledge delivering and the mission to enlighten the students’ potential power internally and externally. By education, what we learn and what we experience not only make us growth completely but also to fit in that uncertain, changeable society/world. (appirio)

DFC official site (Photo credit resource):

http://www.dfcworld.com/default.aspx (Global)

http://dfcworld.com/dfc/TAIWAN/ (TW)