“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。
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.