考察纪要:在“道尔顿教育”理念下,寻求同一种生活方式Dalton is a Way of Living: An Inspirational Visit to Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School

2019年9月26日,温州道尔顿小学白莉莉校长一行9人应邀考察深圳道尔顿新华公学——国内第一所经国际道尔顿教育协会评估认证的“国际道尔顿学校”。这是我校继考察美国道尔顿学校、国际道尔顿教育协会后,走进的又一层级的具有道尔顿教育正式认证的道尔顿学校。

“Dalton is a way of living.(道尔顿是一种生活方式)”这是国际道尔顿教育协会主席罗纳(Roel Rohner)先生一直强调的一句话。温州道尔顿小学自2017年创办以来,一直秉承“道尔顿教育”理念,结合本土原创性的整理教育研究,努力探寻一种适合每个孩子最佳发展的“生活方式”。考察了这么多所道尔顿学校,我们对罗纳主席的这句话有了更深的理解和认同感,同一种理念,同一个目标,在不同的地域实施起来,依然有熟悉的味道。

在深圳道尔顿新华公学,主宾双方相见甚欢。梅连生校长介绍了新华公学创校走过的历程,其间有艰辛,更有坚守。对于深圳道尔顿新华公学扎根基础教育国际化、面向未来教育办一流未来学校,在短短三年时间内就取得如此丰硕的办学成果,温州道尔顿小学白莉莉校长表示了衷心的祝贺,并就道尔顿新华公学的办学经验,结合道尔顿教育理念、道尔顿教学方式以及办学过程中的心得体会,进行了轻松愉快的分享和交流。

随后,主宾双方一起参观校园并深入道尔顿课堂,参加了语文、数学、英语以及艺术体育选修课等内容的课堂学习和听讲。在道尔顿课堂上,老师们在“自由与合作”的道尔顿教育理念下,恪守契约精神,将更多的时间和自由还给学生,并通过资源型学科与专业教室,利用先进的多媒体技术,激发学生的学习兴趣,引导他们自己去发现问题、解决问题,并及时进行反思和总结。

道尔顿新华公学采用混龄式走班制管理模式,尽管没有严格意义上的行政班概念,而且取消所有课节间的铃声提示,但管理依然井然有序。学校强调自由选择与恪守契约并重,将学生混龄组成一个个社区式的“家庭”,每个家庭配备中外教师作为成长导师,实施家庭制混龄自主管理。每位家庭成员一起就餐,一起参加晨省、甜蜜家庭时光以及各级各类活动,一起成长,感受来自家庭其他成员的温暖、和谐、有爱的关怀。

下午,我们还与道尔顿新华公学语文、数学、ESL、成长支援课程等学科的老师们进行了深入的学术交流。大家一起围绕“道尔顿制”的具体实施和创新实践展开探讨,并相互分享教学、管理方面的心得体会。

适合,就是最佳的未来教育。探寻一种适合每个孩子最佳发展的“生活方式”,是我们在“道尔顿教育”理念下,共同的目标。

On 26 September 2019, led by Ms. Bai Lili, the principal of Dalton Elementary School, a group of teachers from Dalton Elementary school visited Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School. This is the first Dalton school in China officially recognized by Dalton International. Before this visit, teachers from Dalton Elementary School had visited some Dalton Schools in the United States and the Dalton International in the Netherlands.

Ms Bai Lili and Ms Mei, the principal from Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School exchanged their insights into educational ideals, emphasizing the importance of practice of Dalton philosophy in schools to create a learning community and make Dalton “a way of living” as Mr. Rohner, the president of Dalton International put it.  

Ms. Bai was impressed with the achievements Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School had made since its founding three years ago. Driven by the same educational vision, both schools seek to find “a way of living” suitable for every child.

Ms. Bai and teachers from Dalton Elementary School visited Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School, observed lessons and communicated with the teachers and students there. They were delighted to witness how the two Dalton core values —“freedom and cooperation” had been put into practice here. The students are free to choose their assignments that suit their needs and accomplish their work based on spirit of contract through cooperation. They were directed to find the problems in their own learning, seek help from teachers and solve the problems. Summarization as well as reflection are organized to train the students to become better learners.

In Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua School, students of different levels are put in mixed classes where they learn and live like a family. There is a Chinese and a foreign homeroom teacher responsible for daily management of each class. Guided under the core values of freedom and responsibility, students at Dalton Xinhua School dine together, learn together and participate in all kinds of school activities together, and most importantly live and grow together in this warm, loving and harmonious community.

With Dalton Plan as guiding principles, Wenzhou Dalton Elementary School and Shenzhen Dalton Xinhua will work together to explore a way of living that meets children’s need and contributes to their growth.