We are at the dawn of a new era in education; a transformation of the way of teaching takes place, with computers taking a more important role in teaching. Schools are now moving towards a blended learning model that combines offline and online learning in a way that the one complements the other. The benefits of it may offer some clues as to why blended learning is embraced by our school.
While classroom teaching restricts students and teachers within its walls, technology opens a doorway for students to collaborate with each other beyond the classroom. It has also been suggested that students who complete online coursework followed by interactive face-to-face class activities have richer educational experience.
At YLLSS, the newly introduced Foreign Language Learning Programme and English Chit-Chat Sessions with NETs are conducted online, which frees up more classroom time for teachers to have one-on-one speaking instruction and practice with students. In senior forms, students have Zoom supplementary lessons to reinforce particular concepts learnt in the classroom. Walk with Scholars, a specialized mentoring programme, is also conducted online so scholars can give students proper guidance, motivation and support to prepare them for employment in a more interactive and convenient way.
We strive to create an active learning atmosphere at school to motivate students to be proactive, take responsibility of their own learning and confront challenges ahead.
(A) Sharpen students’ processing and study skills:
To achieve academic excellence, letting students learn how to learn, and teaching students how to teach – are our ultimate goals of helping students see themselves as learners.
(B) Apply the “3-module” pedagogical strategies in lessons as a formal learning and teaching norm
The three steps, “forethought”, “performance” and “feedback”, foster students’ learning. Self and peer-evaluations are also employed.
(C) Strengthen the atmosphere and inertia of active learning:
Students can apply active learning in real-life experiences such as taking charge of the Association of Music Leaders, Association of Sports Leaders, Association of Social Leaders, the Global Classroom Organising Committee and the Round Table Conference with the Principal.
(D) Student-oriented clubs and societies:
Based on their own interests and ability, students learn to propose, establish and run their own clubs and societies.
2017-18 4WD Interest Group, K-Pop Interest Group, English Drama Club, Korean Culture Club
2018-19 Astronomy Club, Juggling Club, Gymnastics Club
2019-20 European & American Pop Music Club, Animal Caring Club
2020-21 German Culture Club
2022-23 Film Club, Rubik’s Cube Club, Dodgebee Club, Funny Clown Club