Tonight, all SEI graduates walked across the stage in Wallace Theater to accept their official SEI diploma. Both staff and students agree that SEI has grown and developed students in a very unique way. At SEI, the staff have spent three weeks building strong relationships with students and passing on valuable knowledge about American culture. Additionally, the skills gained in the classroom will benefit the students for the rest of their lives. Tonight we took ample time to celebrate the incredible effort displayed by each student at SEI this year. 140 students will be headed home over the next few weeks with improved language skills, many new friends, and incalculable memories.
今晚，全体SEI毕业生登上华莱士剧院的舞台，领取了他们的SEI毕业证书。 SEI所有教职工和学生们都认为学生们在SEI在以一种非常独特的方式成长。老师和全体工作人员花了三个星期的时间，与学生建立良好的关系并向同学们传授有关美国文化的知识。 除此之外，学生们在课堂中得到的技能将使他们受益终生。 今晚, 我们为每一个在SEI中付出巨大努力的学生庆祝 。 我们相信，我们的140位SEI毕业生将会带着更卓越的英语能力回家。 与此同时，同学们回家以后将会很思念在SEI所结交的新朋友们和无法磨灭的美好回忆。
The SEI teachers and a handful of support staff will be headed home in the morning. Because the teachers will not be attending travel week, many students took the opportunity to say thank you to each teacher, and snap a photo or two before they officially said goodbye. Expressing gratitude is an important skill that many students learn at SEI. It’s exciting for the staff to watch the students take initiative to publicly thank and provide encouragement to their teachers. A wise person once said, “students may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel”. This statement sums up the SEI teaching staff well, as they have worked hard in the classroom to build relationships and encourage each student at SEI.
SEI 的教师和部分员工将于星期六早上告别SEI，踏上回家的旅程。 因为他们将不会参加SEI旅行周。许多学生借毕业典礼的机会向他们感恩，并在离别之际与他们拍照留念。 SEI相信表达感谢是人生中最重要的能力之一。 看到学生们主动感谢和鼓励他们的老师, SEI工作人员都感到由衷的欣慰。 一位智者曾经说过，“学生们可能会忘记你所说的,但他们将永远不会忘记你带给他们最真切的感受“。 这句话完美总结了所有SEI老师的心情。 他们一直努力在课堂上与学生们建立良好的师生关系，真心地鼓励每个学生。
Today in Ms. Chaves’ math classes, students worked to solve each other’s mysteries, gave presentations on famous mathematicians, and played math games – created by their classmates. Watching students comprehend their learnings and then teach their classmates is a priceless gift to a teacher. Many classes included a final presentation such as reading an essay, presenting a visual aid, or even giving a persuasive speech.
In Ms. Bennett’s Basic English class students completed a crest which highlighted six different areas of growth and learning at SEI. They were asked to write about these areas in complete sentences and to share their crest with others in front of the class. This morning, each student took a turn standing in front of their peers and presenting their crest. They spoke in complete sentences in English, reading what they wrote about and their peers were given the chance to ask them any questions. They learned not only how to grow in their ability to speak English but also how to speak clearly and loudly in front of the class. For some of them this was the first time doing so and, as a whole, they did really well.
In Ms. Wood’s intermediate English class, students chose a “mystery” that they have solved here at SEI. They created posters to serve as visual aids to explain what they have learned and presented these to the class. Choosing a question/topic encourages students to think creatively and independently. Presenting their ideas to others is foundational for future career success! Some students even went above and beyond by interviewing other staff members (even Mr. Euler), honing their interpersonal skills.
Learning how to give a professional presentation is vital for the growth and development of SEI students. As many prepare to enter into American WAnet high schools, go back to high school in their home country, or attend a University, it is beneficial for students to be well-versed in oral and written communication. Many students were taught a variety of persuasive techniques, such as compare and contrast, cause and effect, and captivating an audience. Student speech topics included individuality, diversity, child safety, confidence and healthy eating habits.
Global Update: What is your favorite class at SEI, and why?
SEI Staff Highlight: Principal, Ms. Charity Renwick
SEI Principal, Ms. Renwick, is joyful, encouraging and adventurous. She has 10 years of teaching experience, including 5 years of teaching English in China. Currently she teaches international students at Wheaton Academy as well as training teachers from schools around the country. Ms. Renwick loves singing, traveling and exploring the world, creating picture books from her travels, and getting coffee with friends.
Fun Fact: She looking forward to climbing the Great Wall of China for the eleventh time next year!