When East Meets West in the World of Education

A variety of different teaching methods exist around the globe, from differentiation to the use of technology in the classroom. Various strategies have arisen to keep up with our ever-changing world, which is always evolving and growing. Over time, interactive boards and pointers have replaced traditional chalk and classroom layouts have become much more friendly and inviting. Students learn differently than they did long ago, so schools and teachers have adapted their methods to best fit their pupils’ learning styles. But what is the best way for children to learn? At Inspiration Learning Center, we believe in bringing together two very different styles to maximize your child’s potential!

An educational study which sent seventy teachers from the United Kingdom to learn more about Chinese teaching strategies, was conducted in order to understand the secrets behind Chinese students’ success. It’s a well-known fact that Chinese students work extremely hard and put a lot of effort into whatever they do. This is because it is ingrained in their culture to do so. Students have adopted what is known as the Confucian learning tradition what states that the main purpose of life is to learn and that it is a life-long journey. This is what we try to encourage at our learning center, as we try our best to make our students feel empowered with knowledge. Also, we stress the importance of practicing the information learned in class in the form of homework and revision, to further grasp newly learned concepts. Encouraging this sense of effort and consistent practice is something we strongly believe in.

Western teaching methods vary greatly from those in the East. In the West, classrooms are more student centered and children learn actively. For instance, inquiry-based instruction is quite a popular method which enhances a student’s sense of curiosity. With this strategy, children come up with their own questions regarding the lesson and try to find the answers themselves. This teaches them to be inquisitive learners, always eager to learn more. Students are also encouraged to be creative thinkers under the Western teaching philosophy. Several school assignments and essays push students’ creativity, asking them to critically analyze a form of media, for example or come up with their own research questions regarding a specific topic. In addition, classrooms are often differentiated in order to cater to all students’ learning styles. Students can choose the type of work that would best fit their style, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. With this method, students learn in a way that best fits their abilities.

Because both Eastern and Western teaching philosophies have such strong features, we decided to combine the best of both worlds at Inspiration Learning Center! At our learning facility students will acquire new information with the freedom and creativity associated with the West and learn the power of hard work and consistent effort connected with the East. Curious to find out more? Call the branch nearest to you and discover how to boost your child’s academic performance with us!

Sources:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/11/whats-the-best-teaching-method/

https://www.chinasource.org/resource-library/articles/eastern-versus-western-learning-approaches

https://www.quizalize.com/blog/2018/02/23/teaching-strategies/

Angel Kuang
BeTheBoss.ca Interview with Angel Kuang, CEO of Inspiration Learning Center

Great interview with our CEO, Angel Kuang for BeTheBoss.ca

BeTheBoss.ca: Tell us about the Inspiration Learning Concept.

Angel Kuang: Our vision at Inspiration Learning is founded upon a simple premise: every child is unique. This means education is not “one size fits all.” Nor should it be. In shaping education to the individual, it becomes a journey in which students begin to discover themselves and their own unique identities. Our belief is that a child should never have to be one person at home and someone entirely different at school.

At our schools, we implement a unique teaching methodology in combining learning practices from the eastern and western sides of the world. We believe that understanding the “big idea” is just as important as constant reviewing and testing for greatest opportunity of success for each student.

Read the full interview click here.

PR Team
Inspiration Learning Center Teams up with Local PR Firm

We had a fantastic brainstorming meeting with Punch Canada/Fishman Canada this morning. Thanks a lot to Lisa Raffaele (VP), Jeff Lake (Managing Partner) and Laura D’Angelo (Account Manager). Part of our plan is to reach out to smaller towns and communities in Ontario and Vancouver to help build up tutoring / private school facilities.

We are really excited to be teaming up with such an awesome PR firm!

Lisa – Angel – Laura (below)!

PR Team

back to school
3 Tips for Back to School Time

Put away the beach towels and get ready for the back to school frenzy! Now that the summer break is over it is time for students and parents to acclimatize themselves to another year of learning. Here are a few tips for getting started on the right-foot.

  1. Contact  your children’s teachers. Give them a quick call or a friendly email introduction and let them know that you would love to hear from them during the year.
  2. Get your back to school schedule down in writing. Whether it is a choice of school lunches, timetables for classes or options for quick and easy dinner on busy school nights. Having it down on paper can help you stay organized during hectic school nights.
  3. Keep an eye on the important things that make for a good school day. Backpacks should not be too heavy, make sure your child is not carry around everything including the kitchen sink. A backpack that is too heavy can cause strain and pain. Snacks, we all love to indulge sometimes but make sure you have lots of healthy snacks available for your children’s lunch bag. Sleep! Make sure everyone is getting to bed early because nothing spells disaster at school like a tired student.

Good luck on another school year and stay inspired!