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American principal brings practical philosophy to SZ
    2015-10-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Zhang Qian

    zhqcindy@163.com

    How do you write a news report on protecting a building to preserve its history? A vice principal from America might be able to help you answer that question.

    Joseph Strzempka is the current vice principal at Yucai High School and Harbor Primary School in Shenzhen. What he wants to instill in the teachers and students here is an international education mindset.

    Strzempka is a holder of several teaching qualifications and gained teaching experience back home and in Honduras.

    “What I want to show the teachers and students here is how to use an international perspective to answer bigger questions in our lives through project-based methodology,” Strzempka told Shenzhen Daily in a phone interview on Monday.

    Strzempka said students nowadays should be taught a global mindset as well as skills that are useful in the 21st century.

    It’s been over a month since Strzempka came to Shenzhen, and he has already been working closely with teachers at the schools to develop suitable research questions for the students.

    Strzempka said he would encourage students to actively participate in in-depth research to answer big questions in interdisciplinary spaces and to embrace and learn from the pioneering spirit of the Qianhai Free Trade Zone.

    Strzempka also said students would be encouraged to talk to local experts to gain different viewpoints. Workshops of different kinds would also be available to offer hands-on experiences for students.

    Apart from developing questions, Strzempka has been working on teachers’ professional development. He is trying to help the teachers embrace a student-centered teaching methodology rather than a teacher-centered one.

    “I can see that most of the teachers here in Shenzhen are quite professional, and the classes here are based on student respect for their teachers,” said Strzempka. “And I want to demonstrate to the teachers how to prepare students with the 21st-century skills they need to possess.”

    Strzempka gave a lecture on building an international curriculum to the faculty at Harbor Primary School. At the lecture, Strzempka said that teachers need to cultivate students’ attitudes, qualities, comprehension, skills and habits.

    According to Strzempka, the ultimate goal of education is to prepare students to solve problems.

    As for the students, Strzempka said Chinese students are driven and motivated to learn, but he thinks students should have more time to study or think about social issues.

    Strzempka will be co-teaching at Yucai High School. The vice principal will teach students critical thinking, English literature and more.

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