Welcome from Elementary School
Students learn best when they believe they can learn, and when they’re interested in the material presented to them – especially when they understand what that material means in context and how it is useful. But students need to know they can and are allowed to learn and think before they start learning — through support, encouragement, and learning how to ask questions. This demands that we as educators cannot simply deliver content with little attention to the individual needs, desires, hopes, and dreams of the students we serve.
At BIBA, we have teachers from more than 30 countries—each with his or her own story, educational foundation, and passion for learning. These quality educators, coupled with the strong and deeply-driven Chinese teachers, create a diverse learning community for our students, one poised for greatness! As I work alongside with our teachers, I am inspired by their dedication and hard work. Each comes to professional development experiences with a learning stance, clearly recognizing their individual responsibility to expand their content and pedagogical knowledge in order to better support students. Our teachers approach each school day with the idea that we are creating classrooms that must reflect our changing world. We constantly reflect on questions like: what tasks are we asking our students to participate in? How are we realigning our own thinking so that we can help to expand the thinking of our students? Is the work that we are asking our students to do every day preparing them for college and/or career? Are we indeed facilitating the development of internationally-minded bilingual ambassadors? The focus is always on our students those who are most innocent, our most uninhibited, and of course, our most hopeful.
On behalf of the entire Elementary School, we invite you to visit us and see what makes this community so special.
Dr. KC Pang