For Hope Christian High School, the school year 2020-21 is not just remembered as the school year of the pandemic. It is also the school year of challenges and positive changes, the year of the successful accreditation of the school by the International Baccalaureate (IB), an international organization offering four internationally-acclaimed educational programs including the Primary Year Program (PYP) for children aged three to twelve. Originally, the visiting accreditation committee coming from various IB schools in the Asian region was scheduled to visit the school in April of 2020, but due to the international lockdown, it was canceled. A few months later, in September, the committee came through virtually, and a few weeks after, the school was finally accredited.
How did this significant event that took years of preparation happen? Here is the report from the student journalists of the Campus Journalism Program.
Hope Christian High School Principal Mrs. Angeline Tan–Tiller heartily shared her experiences of challenges and victories, as she described and put into reality the IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Year Program) curriculum that benefits our young 21st century learners.
With the adoption of the Primary Year Program at HCHS in the midst of the pandemic, the coordinators at the lower elementary grade levels put in their thoughts on the dynamics of the Montessori approach, socialization, the concept of play, and the newly accredited PYP in the equation of successful learning.
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For many years, Blended Learning has made some inroads into the classroom, with some teachers providing brick-and-mortar lessons coupled with the use of Google Classroom or Schoology for students to refer to their assignments and clarify instructions. Still, the majority of educators have stayed away from what is perceived as the impersonal nature of virtual learning.
Never in history has education changed so drastically than during the Pandemic of 2020. Watershed moments in history changed the way we taught, with radio at the turn of the 20th century, television in the 1950s, personal computing in the 1980s, and the internet in the 1990s, but in the 2020s? It all happened in one fell swoop, having to dramatically switch to virtual learning.
The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. – John F. Kennedy
“Never let a serious crisis go to waste . . . it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel
For the following students who were thrust into a learning environment where projects have gone digital, this ‘crisis’ has turned into opportunities to learn new means of visual expressions. Using various video, graphics, and paint apps such as Sketchbook, Canva, and VN Video Editor, students have turned their projects into stunning visuals. Read their reflections and find out how they’ve created these noteworthy media projects.