As a teacher, something I really feel is important to include in our day to day learnings, are the values and attitudes required to actually make learning happen in the first place! When we have positive attitudes and values towards our learning, it allows us to have a deeper learning experience. This isn’t rocket science, but it is something that is taken for granted in our education system, like kids should just ‘know’ this. But unless we use the vocabulary of such values with our kids, and talk about them, they probably aren’t learning to their full potential!
As always, learning something in another language, allowing a comparing and contrasting to a first language, adds another layer of ‘meaning’ to a word or concept. So learning the names of the values we would like to practice, in Chinese, is a good way to think about the meaning of these values that we wouldn’t have before! Not all in one vocabulary session of course! But just by having them visually in our space, and talking about them as they apply to what we are doing in that moment.
So in our library, we have these learning values visually on display to remind us to talk about them every now and then! I have them nice and big, both in English and Mandarin. I have used the same image on the English and the Mandarin equivalents, so that it is easy for the kids to understand the Chinese version instantly. There is a kid friendly definition of each one on the English version card. Here is the vocab if you wish to do something similar:
|Thinker||善于思考||shàn yú sī kǎo||Cooperation||合作||hé zuò|
|Open-Minded||思想开放||sī xiǎng kāi fang||Creativity||创新||chuàng xīn|
|Risk-Taker||勇于挑战||yǒng yú tiǎo zhàn||Confidence||自信||zì xìn|
|Communicator||多元交流||duō yuán jiāo liú||Tolerance||容忍||róng rěn|
|Reflective||自我反思||zì wǒ fǎn sī||Independence||独立||dú lì|
|Knowledgeable||知识丰富||zhī shi fēng fù||Respect||尊重||zūn zhòng|
|Inquirer||勤于探索||qín yú tàn suǒ||Integrity||廉政||lián zhèng|
|Caring||充满爱心||chōng mǎn ài xīn||Enthusiasm||热忱||rè chén|
|Balanced||身心均衡||shēn xīn jūn héng||Empathy||怜悯||lián mǐn|
|Principled||公平正直||gōng píng zhèng zhí||Commitment||投入||tóu rù|
|Curiosity||好奇||hào qí||Appreciation||感恩||gǎn ēn|