A good teacher has a lifelong influence on students, while a good teacher can also bring momentum into a school. Since ancient times, people have discussed a lot about a good teacher, including expectation for teacher's enlightenment, requirement for teachers’ self-improvement and praise for teachers’ unconscious influence.
Why to be a teacher? How to be a good teacher? What are the requirements and challenges of being a good teacher in the new era?
Last week, Mr. Christopher Short, Executive Superintendent of NACIS Shanghai, participated in the program All About Going Abroad on the International Channel Shanghai (ICS) and shared his ideas as a teacher.
Why to be a teacher?
Mr. Christopher has worked in international schools for 27 years, the last 15 years in a variety of senior leadership positions. He has never forgotten his passion for the platform and respect for the profession of teaching.
Mr. Christopher said that he saw his students took advantage of school life and develop well. After graduation, they became professional talents in all walks of life. This is the proudest moment, and he is so happy that he can make a positive impact on his students.
This is what education is all about, and the momentum for Mr. Christopher.
Mr. Christopher also hopes to combine his understanding in education with his previous experience, so as to promote positive development of NACIS Shanghai.
As an accredited school inspector, Mr. Christopher has previously travelled extensively to Australia, Thailand, Kuwait, Yangon and China working with teams of school leaders, to assure quality control in the schools they visit. He has extensive and comprehensive experience in school operation. It is also worth mentioning that Mr. Christopher has lived in many countries in the world and he has a strong passion for learning the language and culture of each country. Having grown up in a multicultural environment, Mr. Christopher understands the value of a bilingual environment for the development of students.
Bilingualism not only means language proficiency. We also promise to instill a culture of respect from all, for all.
We teach students knowledge and skills and help them learn to accept and use different cultural languages. We believe that students who grow up in the environment will take the initiative to think and work hard to realize their own value. With the faith in mind, Mr. Christopher will lead NACIS students to grow into thoughtful global citizens.
How to be a good teacher?
As a four-year school, more and more students joined NACIS Shanghai.
Challenges have emerged at the right moment.
A mediocre teacher preaches, while a great teacher always inspires students. - William Arthur Ward
What is inspiration and how to inspire students? We observed a small detail.
Every morning and afternoon, Mr. Christopher stands at the school gate and says “hello” and “goodbye” to students. Some students share the wonderful moments of school life with him, while others show him the works completed in class. Mr. Christopher also take the initiative to communicate with parents and know their concerns. Working within the Nord Anglia family of schools for over eight years, Mr. Christopher understands the importance of getting close to every student and family. Inspiration comes from respect for the uniqueness of each individual, from deep observation and understanding of students and families, and also from a pair of insightful eyes.
Based on understanding the actual situation of each student, we conduct heuristic teaching to enable them to engage in the vivid thinking process, experience the process of practice and innovation and achieve good learning results. As the educator Mr. Ye Shengtao said: “What is education? It is to teach students how to learn”.
As an alumnus of Gordonstoun, the prestigious Scottish boarding school, favoured by British royals, Mr. Christopher personally understands the important of experiential education. He looks forward to embedding these principles at NACIS, so as to inspire each child's unique talents.
As teachers, we should learn more than we teach and become lifelong learners.
Mr. Christopher also practices the excellent quality of lifelong learning in his life. He has a life-long passion for scuba diving, a sport he started learning 35 years ago. He is now, uniquely, a PADI and BSAC instructor and he has dragged his scuba kit to many far-flung places in the pursuit of that elusive “best dive”. He believes that every child should be encouraged to challenge his comfort zone and "be ambitious”. This also coincides with our educational philosophy.
If you would like to know more about Mr. Christopher’s views, please stay tuned on ICS at 9:15 pm. on October 3.