September 13, 2013
These days, there seems to be a label for just about any type of parents, correspondent to the parent’s level of involvement with their child’s schoolwork, or in the classroom. Terms such as “helicopter parent” and “tiger mom” are used in everyday conversation, often with a controversial insinuation. At the same time, education experts are in agreement that parent involvement is crucial to a student’s success, and acknowledge that little or no involvement with their child’s school work can have negative consequences. According to Ms Elizabeth Noske, a Learning Support Teacher at YCIS Shanghai, the path to establishing this crucial balance is not a secret.
September 10, 2013
As a music teacher, I hear from parents again and again about how much they enjoy watching their child perform in our choir, but beyond that, how much they appreciate the impact choir participation has on their child’s personal growth. Indeed, studies have routinely documented that participation in musical activities has remarkable benefits on a child’s character, academic performance, and life-long personal skills.
August 28, 2013
As the relaxing days of summer come to a close, it’s time for families to set their sights on the fall, and for children of all ages to gear up for the coming school year. International families preparing for school in Shanghai have plenty to be excited about, whether this marks their first time in the city, or if they have been here for many years. In addition to encouraging their child’s enthusiasm for the year, the run-up to school is also an advantageous time for parents to help prepare children for a successful school year ahead.
July 20, 2013
The longest serving Superintendent in China, Tom Ulmet, is the Superintendent of Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) in China. Mr Ulmet shares the historical context upon which international schools in Shanghai have flourished, and thoughts for parents looking for a quality educational programme for their child.
June 26, 2013
A generation ago, good grades were enough to get students into the top colleges and later, into top corporations. Today, however, universities and employers are looking beyond the purely academic facet of their applicants, and are seeking students with experience, in addition to strong academic results. According to the College Board, universities are interested in students’ extracurricular activities, because performing well in these activities demonstrates skills that will determine success in higher education.