New learning model motivates pupils
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.