In March , the flowers are blooming and birds are singing. Russian psychologist Vygorsky defined learning as "the creation of meaning when a person establishes a connection between new knowledge and old knowledge". In order to improve teachers’ comprehensive ability and professional quality, on March 23 and 24, 2019, the International Curriculum Center of the Primary School of Wu Xi Foreign Language School invited IB trainer Tang Hui, who has rich teaching and training experience, to launch a two-day IB teacher training workshop for all teachers.
在全体教师们热情地欢迎下，汤老师开始了第一天的培训活动。首先，汤老师通过“Dancing partners”和“Let’s line up”的活动方式了解在场教师们IB教学经验，并针对各教师目前的情况开展了“Making space for learning”主题培训。汤老师的课堂气氛轻松活跃，她通过丰富多彩的活动向老师们介绍了建立课堂公约的重要性以及学习空间的概念，同时帮助老师们设定成功的学习目标。
With the warm welcome of all the teachers, Ms. Tang began the first day of training activities. First of all, Ms. Tang learned about IB teaching experience of the present teachers through the activities of "Dancing partners" and "Let's line up", and carried out "Making space for learning" thematic training according to the current situation of the teachers. Teacher Tang's classroom atmosphere was relaxed and lively. She introduced the importance of establishing a classroom convention and the concept of learning space to teachers through a variety of activities. She also helped teachers to set successful learning goals.
接着，在汤老师的引导下，老师们就“安全的学习空间”这个话题展开了热烈讨论，然后以“inside-outside circle”“Lotus template”“bus-station”的活动方式进行互动交流。现场气氛愈来愈热烈。随着汤老师培训的深入，老师们对“学习空间”的理解也越来越深刻。一张张便签纸上跃动着思维的碰撞。当为学习者提供一个安全的学习空间时，学习的幸福感和责任感就会增强，学生也能更高效地去学习探究。
Then, under the guidance of Ms. Tang, the teachers launched a heated discussion on the topic of "safe learning space", and then exchanged with each other in the way of "inside-outside circle", "Lotus template" and "bus-station". The atmosphere on the spot was getting warmer and warmer. With the deepening of teacher Tang's training, teachers’ understanding of "learning space" has become more and more profound. The collision of ideas sprang up on the notes. When providing a safe learning space for learners, the sense of happiness and responsibility in learning will be enhanced, and students can also study and explore more effectively.
Since safe learning space was so important, how should we design learning space? Teachers began the afternoon training activities with such questions. Teacher Tang showed how to design learning space through concrete examples. Museum, Art Exhibition, Handicraft Exhibition, Furniture Shop, Carpet Shop, Lighting Shop, Outdoor Landscape, Sea, Lake, Forest Park... All can provide inspiration for teachers . At the same time, Ms. Tang also provided a list of PYP classrooms to help teachers arrange. For example, curriculum, class conventions, reading corners, student works, etc. All of these resources should be connected with students’ existing knowledge and help them to explore new knowledge.
为了帮助老师们更好地通过概念化视野探究主题，汤老师手把手教学“Pandora’s Box”“ Ferris Wheel Activities”，随机抽取一个物品，针对这个神秘物品，老师们小组合作探究如何用七个概念去解读。大家在实际操作中明晰了概念驱动学习。第一天的培训在大家满意的笑容中落幕。
In order to help teachers better explore the theme through conceptual vision, Ms.Tang taught Pandora’s Box and Ferris Wheel Activities in person, and randomly extracted an object. In view of this mysterious object, the teachers worked in groups to explore how to interpret it with seven concepts. In practice, we have clarified the concept-driven learning. The first day of training ended with our happy smile.
The next day's training activities began quietly in the first ray of sunshine. First of all, the teachers shared the results of concept-driven learning, and reflected that "flexible learning space is conducive to improving students ‘learning initiative, flexible classroom is very important." Teacher Tang uses "Chalk talk" to help teachers understand how to remove learning barriers. Teachers should consciously choose inclusive teaching methods, resources, and technology, learning and evaluation activities to support students ‘diversified development.
The diversity of students includes: birthplace, learning ability, personality, personality, learning interest and so on. On this basis, an important part of learning is assessment, which can be formative, summative and peer assessment. The forms of assessment are also varied: lectures, presentations, interviews, quizzes, reflective diaries, classroom discussions, graduation exhibitions, growth manuals, etc. At the end of the training, the teachers sat around and made a summary of each person's training activities during the two days. Everyone spoke actively and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.
Learning is a process of continuous summary, reflection and exploration. Although the two days of training were short, the teachers learned a lot.