New learn­ing model mo­ti­vates pupils

Outlook - - CONTENTS - By Quyù Trung & Phöông Vy

Apro­ject that en­cour­ages more in­ter­ac­tion be­tween teach­ers and stu­dents in pub­lic pri­mary schools has elicited pos­i­tive reviews and feed­back from teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents alike. A to­tal of 1,447 pri­mary schools in 63 prov­inces across the coun­try have been im­ple­ment­ing the new con­cept, called Vieät Nam Es­cuela Nueva (VNEN), or Vieät Nam's New School, for the past two years. The con­cept, which en­able stu­dents to as­sume a more ac­tive role in class, be­gins with class­room ta­bles around which stu­dents sit in groups of six, fac­ing each other, in­stead of the black­board or the white­board, in front of which stu­dents are made to sit in sin­gle file. Though not new to de­vel­oped coun­tries or pri­vate schools of Vieät Nam, this learn­ing model is be­ing in­tro­duced to the coun­try's pub­lic schools for the first time, with the teach­ers un­der­go­ing com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and the shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences on its use. "In this model, the stu­dents are the cen­tre of the ed­u­ca­tional process," said Ñaëng Tö AÂn, chief con­sul­tant of the project. "The teach­ers del­e­gate the as­sign­ments, then give ad­vice on and make as­sess­ments of the process later on." The stu­dents elect from among them­selves a group of gover­nors who are placed in charge of all class­room ac­tiv­i­ties. The group meets when it is as­signed a task, car­ries out dis­cus­sions and vol­un­teers to take on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. It is only when the group en­coun­ters any dif­fi­culty that they ask for help from the teacher. At a re­cent meet­ing held to re­view the process, Traàn Leâ Thuûy, teacher of Vaïn Hoøa Pri­mary School in Noâng Coáng Dis­trict, Thanh Hoùa Prov­ince, said: "It is not only we, the teach­ers and stu­dents, who have been quite en­cour­ag­ing of this process, but also the stu­dents' par­ents. Classes are now quite ex­cit­ing, and the stu­dents have be­come ex­tremely mo­ti­vated." Ac­cord­ing to Nguyeãn Thò Phöông, prin­ci­pal of the Haûi Vaân Pri­mary School, the first year of project im­ple­men­ta­tion wit­nessed nu­mer­ous chal­lenges. "At first it was quite dif­fi­cult for the teach­ers to or­gan­ise their re­spec­tive work­loads, and the stu­dents were shy and re­luc­tant. But now, ev­ery­one gets mo­ti­vated, and we see pos­i­tive re­sults: the stu­dents are much more con­fi­dent and ac­tive in their stud­ies. They en­joy their time in class and they en­joy study­ing. Class in­ter­ac­tion has been filled with joy and has be­come quite mo­ti­vat­ing."

A stu­dent makes a pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing a class at Leâ Ngoïc Haân School, Laøo Cai Prov­ince.

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