May 2019

Infuse Deep Thinking in a Book Trailer

I was talking with Pu-mei Leng, another nationally renowned TCI Chinese teacher and author, about our classes, I got the idea of book trailer from her.  She humbly claimed that it was not her original idea.  Unfortunately, I could no longer recall where she might get the idea from. "It's like a movie trailer, but it is about a book for students to make.  I don't even set any criteria, only tell them to surprise me.  It was for a homework assignment, some kids really blew me away." Pu-mei is a teacher who doesn't need to control her students at...

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Bringing in the Language of Identity into Collaborative Storytelling

Developing a sense of identity has to do who one thinks one is and how one perceives oneself.  It is about how one defines oneself.  As a person's identity is formed by many factors, such as race, gender, nationality, talents, interests... Which message we repetitively inform our children/students regarding who they are matters so much. There is no other classroom can be richer in embracing and forming students' identities than a TCI classroom .  On a regular basis, we have class artists, actors, performers, story writers, quiz writers, time keepers, greeters, helpers...  On top of all being a storyteller together....

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Bringing Empathy into Storytelling

Please meet Chloe the Optimistic! This is a story I co-created with my novice 1A session. Please take a minute to observe Chloe's portrait which was drawn by two in-class artists. What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder? Do you see an eye with tears on the bottom of Chloe's face? Do you see a tiny little nose on the right side of her cheek? Do you see a big red mouth on her forehead? Do you see two hearts, one is intact, one is broken...? What do you think? Do you think this is...

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