Tesla Talk Week March 5th 2021

Robin Klymow
Giám đốc Học thuật

Newsletter 05th March, 2021

This week I wanted to send you a short news item about where education is going. What is happening to many systems worldwide – education like Tesla does not stand still. It is improving and the Covid pandemic has in many ways speeded that change and it is for the better.

We reimagine learning – “Education” turns into “learning”. Students become agency learners with a focus on mastery. Collaboration becomes normal.

We redefine the role of the teacher – A move away from deliverer of content to facilitator and coach of learning.

We focus on wellbeing – Human connection becomes truly valued and celebrated.

Learning becomes the responsibility of the whole village – Classroom walls remain more flexible spaces with parents as partners in educating their child.

The curriculum is redesigned for the way people learn – It is not something to be consumed, but focuses on personal growth and knowledge creation. It does not follow a linear route for all.

Assessment is reimagined – Less determined by high stakes testing. Students become curators of their learning. We document for learning.

Collaboration is amplified – Teaching and learning become a collaborative work.

Communication is a core skill – Students and teachers communicate with each other beyond space (virtually) and time (asynchronously).

Many thanks

Robin Klymow
Director of Studies

Ms. Nguyen Ha Huyen Kim

PYP Coordinator

Among the Approaches To Learning (ATL) that PYP students develop are research skills, thinking skills, self-management skills, communication skills, and social skills. Inquiry-based learning enables students to start with their curiosity and interest to formulate their own questions. They gather and record data, whether on the internet, from books or different texts, through scientific experiments or field trips, through guest speakers, experts or people around them, through surveys or studying artifacts, etc. They sort out and interpret what information they need. They evaluate and communicate their learning. These are skills the students practice and develop in authentic and meaningful contexts when they are engaged in well-planned learning activities.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quynh Dien

MYP Coordinator

Like other students in Ho Chi Minh City, students at Tesla are happy to be back to normal lessons from the beginning of March – meeting teachers and friends and enjoying the school activities.  Our students, especially in Grade 3 and Grade 4, are excited to be continuing their artwork after a long holiday.  Grade 3 has also begun learning how to do a new kind of evaluation: peer assessment at the end of their projects. Students have been criticizing their classmates’ artworks in a positive and encouraging way. This is a stepping-stone towards writing reflections about the projects they have done.

Ms. Christine Byrne

Director of Admissions

Understanding Kindergarten (KG) at TESLA SCHOOL

Tesla is now a candidate for the IBPYP; IBMYP; IBDP and that means that Grade KG is the first year of Primary School, the same as all other IB World Schools around the globe.  At Tesla, KG children (aged 5yrs – 6yrs) are beginning their International Baccalaureate (IB ) journey in the first year of Primary School.  This is very different from the Vietnamese National curriculum, where they begin Primary School when moving to Gr 1 (6yrs – 7yrs).

KG is a period of tremendous cognitive growth. Children at this age are undergoing a large amount of change very quickly and are learning to see the world in many new and interesting ways. However, it’s also important to realize that even at this early stage, there are fundamental skills that children need to acquire in order to be successful later in life. These core cognitive skills will help them be successful at an early age, but children will also build upon those skills as they get older. Each week in Tesla Talk we will introduce you to 5 core skills for KG to develop. Today we introduce the first important and foundation skill:

Speaking in sentences (5 to 10 words long) and speaking them clearly enough to be understood most of the time.

This skill is absolutely crucial. It will allow your child to become an independent student, who can express their needs, ask and answer questions, and communicate effectively with their classmates and teachers.”

At Tesla KG is our first year of Primary School and therefore we know that it is important to begin teaching KG children, critical thinking, communication, and other core skills as early as possible. These are building blocks upon which students will continue to rely as they grow older. Without establishing these skills early in life, students will be left at a disadvantage as they continue to move into higher levels of education.

Tan Binh Campus (Early Years)

Tesla kindergarten students are experiencing activities in preparation for the International Women’s Day (8/3).

Note: At 7:40, kindergarten students will have morning exercise, so parents need to take your children to school on time to avoid interfering with other students’ activities.

Phu Nhuan Campus (Early Years)

The first-day students come to school after the Tet holiday!

The School Nurse

COVID-19 Prevention

It is important to follow preventative measures to reduce the risk of infections. While masks have not been proven to protect us from coronavirus, they are still necessary to prevent transmission between individuals.

It is even more important to keep our hands clean, as they can spread bacteria and viruses. Below are common preventative measures to prevent the transmission of this virus.

  • Regular hand wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after toilet, before meals, or after sneezing or coughing;

  • If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. If the hands are dirty, always use soap and water;

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands;

  • Increase physical activity and eat a nutritious diet;

  • Avoid close contact with sick people;

  • Stay home if showing symptoms of sickness;

  • Cover mouth when coughing with tissue paper. Throw tissue paper into trashbin after use;

  • Disinfect objects or surfaces that we often touch.

New Staff Introduction

Ms. Claire Yvanwee Ocampo

Teacher Librarian

Ms. Claire Yvanwee Ocampo – Teacher Librarian at Tesla Learning Resource Center
“When in doubt go to the library” – J.K. Rowling

Are you having trouble looking for information on the internet? Can’t decide what to read?

Hi everyone! I’m Ms. Claire and I’m your new teacher-librarian. I will be here to help you how to look for information you can trust and I will also help you explore your imagination through reading and storytelling.

I like baking, so if you read a good book and re-tell the stories to me, expect some treats.

If you see a new face around, well, that’s me, so don’t be shy to say hi!

Admissions

Important information for our current families and friends in regards to any younger siblings / younger children that you may like to enroll for the New School Year August 2021 – 2022. Tesla Admissions is now open, please apply to ensure that your place is secured early, as some grades may fill up fast creating a waitlist for August 2021

Please submit the Inquiry Form at https://tesla.edu.vn/en/admissions/admissions-process/, and the Admissions Team will contact you.

If you would like to receive more information regarding enrollment, please contact Tesla at: admission@tesla.edu.vn.

Limited Scholarships available now for new MYP students 2021-2022

Tesla is pleased to offer a limited number of Academic Scholarships ranging from 25% to 100% for new MYP students for the next school year 2021-2022. Please note the closing date is coming soon on April 1st 2021, please apply now!

If you would like to receive more information regarding enrollment, please contact Tesla at: admission@tesla.edu.vn.

Tesla trở thành một hệ thống trường song ngữ hiện đại, hàng đầu Việt Nam đào tạo ra những công dân toàn cầu yêu thích và đam mê khoa học công nghệ, sẵn sang học tập vì sự tiến bộ xã hội, có khả năng lãnh đạo và tiên phong.

LIÊN LẠC VỚI CHÚNG TÔI

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