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What Is Education?

January 24th, 2017

教育到底是什麼?

What Is Education?

Education – a topic that people have debated over for centuries. What’s the best approach? How do we know when a certain method is working? Should education be tailored specifically to the learner? At Norton House, we believe in 4 simple steps that guarantee academic success and the most efficient way to develop students’ potential:
教育這個話題始終多次被人們討論,到底什麼才是最佳的教育方式?人們如何瞭解哪一種方式才真正有效?教育是否應該因材施教?在Norton House,我們始終堅持以下四種方式,來確保以最高效的方式開發學生潛能:

 

1) Education Should Be Tailor-Made 教育應當因材施教
It has come to the attention of education specialists in the 21st century that different people learn things in different ways. One popular theory, the VARK model, identifies four primary types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinaesthetic. Therefore while the knowledge being taught remains the same, the method in which it is taught strongly depends on the individual who has to learn the concepts and information.
21世紀的教育者們應當了解,針對不同的學生應採取不同的教育方式。有一個很流行的教育理論—VARK,分別利用視覺,聽覺等多種方式教導學生。即便教授的知識內容相同,教育者仍應該針對學生的背景和能力,採取不同的方式讓學生學習。

 

2) An Efficient System To Measure Progress 擁有完善而高效的系統測試學習進度
It is common for mainstream schooling systems to hand out student reports every quarter or so. However, when one takes the number of school months into account, we notice that student evaluation is not at the frontline of potential improvement methods. Therefore, teacher evaluations of students should be released on a monthly basis at the very minimum to ensure attention is paid to specific areas that need improvement. It is only through evaluation can we discover how to refine ourselves.
主流的學校體系,通常都會在每個季度審視學生的學習報告。儘管如此,很多學校的學習報告中,並沒提供幫助學生進一步提升的方法指導。因此,教師對於學生的評測,應當至少每個月進行一次,確保對學生應到提升的部分保持關注。

 

3) 21st Century Learning 21世紀的學習方法
Having a strong ability in the area of technology is regarded as the most sought after skill of the 21st century. Society is rapidly evolving into a world that is digital-based, and humanity has only been able to keep up with this demand through the implementation and development of technology. Those who find themselves having grown up with technology and are therefore digitally native, have a stronger chance of landing higher-paid and career-fulfilling jobs.
21世紀最需要擁有的能力,就是要掌握科技。目前的社會快速進步,不斷變成一個數碼化科技化的社會,人們需要不斷進步才能追上科技的浪潮。那些掌握科技技術的人,會擁有較強的競爭力及較豐厚的薪水。

 

4) Lateral Thinking Development 拓展發散思維
To excel in often notorious school subjects such as mathematics and the sciences, students must possess a strong logical foundation. By exercising this from a young age with carefully prepared logical development exercises (catered for certain age groups and levels), students will carry these essential academic and life skills into their adolescence and adulthood.
在學校學習數學或是科學等科目,學生必須擁有較強的邏輯思維能力。所以孩子應該在較小的時候,接受邏輯思維訓練,而類似的訓練,將使學生受益終生。

 

By following these four simple guidelines, students will be primed and ready for a successful future and fruitful academic career. By combining these elements, an all-round education and well-prepared intellectual mind will be developed, lasting you for a lifetime and ensuring you get ahead in life.
透過以上的教育方法,學生們不斷儲備知識和能力,在未來擁有成功的人生。這就是全方位教育的優勢所在,可以幫助學生終生學習,不斷開發潛力,提升能力,擁有卓越人生!

 

Why not have a look at how reading can improve your learning?

The Importance of Reading

December 21st, 2016

The Importance of Reading

We have all heard it before – you should read more! Books are good for you! When are you going to pick up a book? While all of these points are true, have you ever stopped to wonder why that is the case? How does reading actually help me, and why is it something that I should implement into my routine?
我們經常聽到,妳應該多讀書!讀書對你大有益處。妳肯定會想這一切都是真的嗎?為什麼讀書一定可以幫助我,我需要把讀書放進我的每日日程呢?

 

Reading is a Fundamental Skill 閱讀是一項基本技能
You’d be surprised at the number of adults who struggle to fill in forms correctly! Why else would people at airport customs have such grumpy looks on their faces?
你一定很驚訝成人每天的閱讀量,他們都會利用儘量多的時間來閱讀。

 

Reading Develops the Mind 閱讀拓展思維
The mind is a muscle, and muscles need exercise. Evidently, being able to understand the written word helps the mind grow and mature, which is why reading helps overall language skills develop.
思維如同肌肉,越訓練才能越好。只有閱讀不斷提升理解能力,才能將思維訓練的更為成熟,同時閱讀也能夠幫助提升語言能力。

 

Discover New Things 發掘新事物
When you read a book you are reading the thoughts of another human being, another living person whose mind is being exposed on a page. Evidently he or she is trying to communicate a message, and this is how humans are able to learn and absorb new things.
每當讀一本新書,就等於透過文字在閱讀另一個人的思想。無論他希望傳達何種訊息,你都可以透過閱讀學習和吸收全新事物。

 

Develop Your Imagination 開發想像力
As opposed to being provided with visual stimuli as you would with a movie or video game, the words on a page create images within your mind and encourage your imagination to operate.
電影和視像遊戲可以刺激你的視覺,而書本上的文字可以激勵你不斷開發自我的想像力。

 

Improve Cognition 提升認知能力
By enhancing your language skills, the chances of you understanding a wider variety of school subjects are greatly enhanced. For instance, being an effective and efficient reader entails you would be able to decipher “wordy” mathematical problems at a higher level, or even come to terms with philosophical theories in a more direct and understanding manner.
在提升語言能力的同時,透過閱讀,你的理解能力也得到進一步提升,自然在學校表現也會更為優異。不僅能夠幫助你更為高效的解決數學問題,同時也能以更為直接的方式理解哲學理論。

 

Start your reading journey today! Looking for free books? Head on over to The Norton House Facebook page and give us a Like and a star rating, which entitles you to receiving a free book of your choice! The lovely reading materials on offer come courtesy of our Official Reading Partner, Eslite Bookstore! RSVP your spot now at https://nhfreebooks.eventbrite.hk!
從今天開啟你的閱讀之旅!還在尋找免費書?只需Like Norton House Facebook專頁,同時給予五星評級,你就可以在我們官方閱讀夥伴Eslite Bookstore,隨時領取一本免費圖書!隨時透過網址預訂喇: https://nhfreebooks.eventbrite.hk!

Surviving the IB Diploma

October 21st, 2016

IB課程 致勝指南!

Surviving the IB Diploma

As students transition from middle school to senior school, some may feel a sense of shock or disbelief at the amount of work they now face! Students around the world are left in a state of panic, struggling to figure out how they can simultaneously manage their personal lives and studies. Luckily for you, the Norton House Team have devised a set of points that will keep you ahead of the pack for your IB career!

很多學生面臨升學,有時會因學業繁重而自我懷疑。其實,全世界學生都在面對類似問題,希望同時兼顧生活與學業。而看到這篇文章的你,就幸運的多,因為Norton House 專業團隊已經在IB課程之前,提前梳理注意事項!

 

1.Accept Change 接受改變

You are starting your final year of secondary school, an important part of your academic career as this determines what sort of path you take for the rest of your soon-to-be adult lives. With this in mind, one should be prepared to accept and welcome any changes that may occur – for example, your social life. If you want to do well, you must put the necessary work in. It’s as simple as that! Make some sacrifices in the short-term and be rewarded with long-term rewards and achievements.

現在你正處於中學時期的最後階段,目前的重要任務之一,就是確定未來的「成人生活」之路。但是記住一點,要隨時準備好迎接任何改變。例如你希望在社交方面有所發展,就一定要付諸行動。就是如此簡單!儘管短期有所犧牲,但一定會在未來有所收穫。

 

2.Procrastination 拖延時間

Ahh yes, it’s that word again. So many brave souls have tried to conquer this seemingly unavoidable ritual over the years, and so many have failed. But how did the successful ones manage? Again, it’s a simple theory of mind over matter. The only thing that is stopping you from picking up your pencil right now and hitting the books is you! There is no electric fence around your study material, have a strong mind and get to it! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and success will not fall on your lap.

多年來,很多人都與「拖延」二字不斷抗爭,但又屢次失敗。到底該如何解決這個問題?唯一的辦法,就是即刻去做應該做的事!學習並無任何工具限制,只需要堅定的意志以及即刻去做的決心!羅馬非一日建成,成功更需長期堅持。

 

3.Priorities 優先順序

Now that we’ve already dealt with the “change in social life” topic, it’s time to talk about your subject priority. Are you one of those students that is particularly strong in a specific subject area, yet very weak in another? Or are you more of an all-rounded individual? Identify your weaknesses and make them your strengths – just like Michael Jordan did. Listen to your teachers and always try to improve – put your dominant subjects to one side and pay attention to your weak points!

之前提到“社交生活方面”的改變,現在來看學習科目的優先順序。你是不是也在某一科目上表現突出,而其他科目相對薄弱?亦或你已經全面發展?發現自己的弱勢,並且不斷進步,就像著名籃球運動員麥可喬丹一樣。不斷向老師學習,提升薄弱科目。

 

4.Consistency 始終如一

If there is one thing we have all learnt from IB, it is this: you cannot expect to work at school and use the rest of the day to play Xbox – no, that simply will not do. If you are determined to do well and prove the doubters wrong, you must continue studying at home and in your own time. Remember, you go through several classes a day which go on for no longer than an hour. Even the best teacher can only explain so much in one hour without rushing. Go home, go through what was taught during the day, do your homework, and more importantly make sure you understand it!

在IB課程中,很多學生感受頗深:不要希望在學校完成功課,就可以全日玩Xbox!如果你希望成績優秀,就要在任何時間保持學習狀態。記住,儘管一天上幾堂課,但其實總計也並未超過一個鐘。就算是最優秀的老師,都無法在一個鐘時間內講解太多知識。回家後,回顧一天學習的內容,再做功課,一定可以幫助理解!

 

5.Positivity 保持積極

Of course, no one can get through such a rigorous and intense school programme without a positive mind set to support themselves. Remember, when you hear your schoolmates start to complain about the work they have to do – don’t let them bring out your negative thoughts. Be positive, respond with something along the lines of “yeah, just got to get it done!” and keep your head down. Not only will you keep yourself motivated and concentrated, but you will also help those around you!

當然沒人能在如此高強度的課程下,隨時保持積極心態。當你聽到同學開始抱怨,不要被影響!保持積極心態,並且對自己講“加油完成!”這不僅能夠幫助自己集中注意力,還可以幫助身邊其他同學。

 

We hope you use these points to the best of your advantage when it comes to undertaking your IB diploma and achieving success. While we are not currently in the students’ shoes, remember that we were also at school and successfully undertook the diploma. There is a reason you see many of the points above being repeated in IB forums – THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! So, accept things have to change because you’re older, stop delaying work, get your priorities sorted, work consistently, and be positive! There you have it – the Norton House recipe for IB success.

我們希望你能在IB課程中記住以上要點,取得學業上的成功!以上很多提及的重點,其實在IB論壇上已經多次提及,相信它們會讓你變得與眾不同!所以,接受改變,停止拖延,優先順序排好,始終如一保持學習,並且保持積極心態!這就是Norton House為你準備的IB致勝寶典!


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