This video documents a service learning experience for Grade 5 students at UNIS, Hanoi and their friends at Vinh Tien school. Students from both schools taught one another games and played together. One of their tasks was to discover each other's interest which they did through a mixture of interpretation, drawing and gesture. Students from both schools created several collaborative art pieces depicting what they learned about each other which represented their friendship. The resulting art works now hang in both schools as a memory. One of the aims of the service learning programme at UNIS is driven by the UN theme 'rapprochement of cultures'; everyone involved contributes, shares, gains and learns from the experience. UNIS, Hanoi and Vinh Tien School are building a sustainable relationship we hope will last long into the future.
Research shows that teaching assistants have a significant impact on learning. If not used properly they can have a negative impact on learning and in fact they often do (Humpleby 2014). At UNIS, Hanoi we are currently investing a lot of professional development time up-skilling our TAs who we view as a very precious learning resource. This video documents one such occasion. Our TAs were given the opportunity to negotiate their own future learning. They then uncovered the qualities of good feedback including the sort of praise which promotes a growth mindset (Dweck 2010).
Christopher Frost, teacher, principal and curriculum coordinator