On the same day, Oct 29th 2019, another Skype meeting was held between West Gate and SWU Primary School on the topic of “Mathematics Experiments." Both sides invited students to participate in this meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, the Chinese side demonstrated a paper-making experiment which involved math calculation.After SWU Primary School students shared their experiment with their Canadian peers, students at West Gate introduced Thanksgiving Day to their Chinese friends. They also talked about an experiment that required them to calculate how many food items they need and how much money they spend on the Thanksgiving Day.
On October 29th 2019, a Skype meeting was held between West Gate Public School and SWU Kindergarten to continue their previous discussion on how to help children better transition into kindergartens. The Chinese side shared their experience of organiz-ing the “Magic Week”, which aimed at alleviating 3-year-old children’s incompatibility and nervousness by telling them a story about a little raccoon. The Canadian teachers mentioned that one strategy they often used was to set up a family board, which had family photos of each child on it. When children missed their families, they can take a look at the photos to help calm their emotions. Moreover, Canadian teachers shared their experiences of teaching children to recognize their emotions by using different col-ors as expression methods. Mind Up Curriculum was a good book that was recom-mended by the Canadian teachers. Th Mind Up curriculum helped children attend to their emotions through breathing exercises.
On September 24th 2019, another Skype meeting took place between West Gate Prima-ry School and SWU Primary School. Canadian attendees included Mrs. Jackie Connel-ly (Principal), Ms. Lisa Kelly (VP), Ms. Tomljenovic (ESL teacher) and Ms. Jennifer Pells-Chisholm (WGPS primary school teacher). Dr. Xu and RA Jiayang Shi were the interpreters of the meting.
At this meeting, SWU Primary School invited a few Grade 4 students to participate in the meeting. The Grade 4 students introduced an experiment they had done that aimed at measuring the amount of paper they used for school purposes ever week. They men-tioned that the experiment had led them to think how they can protect the environment and save paper. Canadian teachers also shared their class experiments with their Chinese partners. They said that experiments that related to practical life were the most popular ones among students at West Gate.
On September 18th 2019, West Gate Public School and SWU Kindergarten gathered at a Skype meeting to exchange ideas on how to help children better transition into kinder-garten. Principal Connelly from West Gate pointed out that it is critical to cooperate with parents, such as performing interviews between school faculty and families, before the admission of the children. During interviews, potential students and parents would have an opportunity to meet with their potential teachers and discuss various items of the transition process such as self-regulation. The Chinese side agreed and added that the curriculum designed for the new students was also important. In Canada, a mixed class model was adopted, which means children with different ages could be in one class to-gether. The older students would be potential role models for any new students in the class. This may help new students transition into a new learning environment. The Chi-nese side mentioned that they have a home visit policy before the semester started. Teachers would visit students’ homes one-by-one. Both sides discussed their own methods to help children transition more efficiently and effectively into kindergarten.
On June 4th 2019, West Gate Public School and SWU Kindergarten had a Skype meeting on the theme of “Parental Engagement in School Activities.” SWU Kindergarten teachers first shared about their methods of mobilizing and encouraging parents to participate in kindergarten activities with their children. Both West Gate and SWU Kindergarten teachers further exchanged opinions on the role of “parent commit-tee” in school affairs. They noticed that even though a parent committee may serve dif-ferent functions in China and in Canada, it plays an important role in engaging parents in school activities.
On April 29th 2019, another Skype meeting was held between West Gate Public School and Kindergarten affiliated with Southwest University (SWU). The theme of the meeting was “Outdoor Learning.” Canadian attendees included Mrs. Jackie Connelly (Principal), Mr. Roth (VP), Ms. Merlo, and Ms. McCandless (kindergarten teachers).
West Gate teachers started the meeting by sharing what they did to help children explore nature. They mentioned that most of the activities they carried out were based on children’s individual interests and needs. Chinese teachers praised the Canadian teachers’ philosophy and focus on student-centred activities. They also shared how they conducted outdoor learning activities with their children. West Gate teachers were amazed by the outdoor learning facilities built around SWU Kindergarten. They also enjoyed learning about the different kinds of field trips that their Chinese partners organized for their students.
On April 9th 2019, a Skype meeting took place between SWU Primary School and West Gate Public School (WGPS) on the theme of “Special Education.” The meeting was attended by Mrs. Jackie Connelly (WGPS principal), Ms. Tomljenovic (ESL teach-er) and Ms. Jennifer Pells-Chisholm (WGPS primary school).
At the meeting, the long-term observation and in-depth diagnosis of students who need special education assistance was discussed. West Gate teachers shared their expe-riences of teaching and forming professional relationships and bonds with students with special needs. Furthermore, Principal Jackie Connelly shared a website that might help teachers in China find more information about special education. After the Skype meeting, Principal Connelly and Dora Shi, research assistant of the Sister School project, celebrated their birthday which happened on the same day, April 9th. The meeting ended with lots of laughters and good vibes.
On March 27th 2019, West Gate Public School had a Skype meeting with the Kin-dergarten Affiliated with Southwest University. The purpose of the Skype meeting was to exchange experiences on the Reggio Emilia Approach. Canadian attendees of the Skype meeting included Mrs. Jackie Connelly (principal), Ms. McTavish, Ms. Merlo, and Ms. McCandless (kindergarten teachers). Research Assistant Jiayang Shi and Yishin Khoo were the interpreters for the whole meeting.
At the meeting, West Gate teachers talked about students’ activity centers in their classroom and their ways of connecting students’ interest with the curriculum. Addi-tionally, Mrs. Merlo from West Gate introduced the important role of Early Child Edu-cators (ECE) in a Canadian kindergarten classroom. One of the Chinese teachers shared with their Canadian partners an inquiry-based activity they did with their students using flour. The Canadian teachers enjoyed learning about the activity from their Chinese partners.
On January 16, 2019, West Gate Public School organized a Skype meeting with the SWU Primary School on the theme of “special education”. The teachers from both sides had in-depth discussions on the issues of parent cooperation, teacher issues and teaching resources in special education. The both sides exchanged teaching experience in special education, which provided a good learning opportunity for the future development of special education in the schools of the both sides. Meeting members include Mrs. Jackie Connelly (principal), Mr. Chris Mills (Principal of Special Education, GECDSB), Mrs. Kim Tomljenovic and Mrs. Jennifer Pells-Chisholm (primary school teacher) from West Gate Public School; and Dr. Shijing Xu, and GA Menghan Wu, and RA Jiangyang Shi from the University of Windsor.
2019年1月16日，西南大学附小与West Gate Public School召开视频会议。会议就中加双方教师对特殊儿童教育方面的内容展开了深入的交流讨论。双方教师就特殊教育中家长配合问题、师资问题、教学资源等问题进行了深入的讨论，双方互相交流借鉴特殊教育教学经验，给双方学校未来特殊教育工作的开展提供了良好的学习机会。
On December 6, 2018, a Skype meeting was held between West Gate Public School and the Kindergarten affiliated to Southwest University to resume an earlier discussion on the topic of “Learning Environment as the Third Teacher”.
The Chinese teacher pointed out that there are many similarities between Chinese and Canadian kindergartens with regards to ways in which they shape learning environment. The next Skype meeting will focus on the theme of special
On December 7, 2018, a Skype meeting was held between West Gate Public school and SWU Primary school on the theme of math education. Teachers from both schools compared and discussed their ways of delivering lessons on circles in their math classrooms. On the Canadian side, the meeting was attended by Mrs. Jackie Connelly (principal), Mr. Kyle Pearce (math consultant), Ms. Zoe Mactavish (kindergarten teacher) and Ms. Jennifer Pells Chisholm (primary school teacher) from West Gate Public School. Dr. Shijing Xu, Dr. Yishin Khoo, Ms. Simin Ma, and Ms. Jiangyang Shi from the University of Windsor also participated in the meeting.
On October 17, 2018, a Sister School Skype meeting between West Gate Public School and the Elementary School and Kindergarten Affiliated was carried out on the theme of “Learning Environment as the Third Teacher”. The meeting was divided into two sessions. Principal Connelly took responsibility of the elementary school session, and Vice Principal Mr. Roth took charge of the kindergarten session. Participating teachers were curious to learn about each other’s teaching strategies and perspectives. At the end of the meeting, teachers on both sides expressed their strong desire to exchange further on ways to create better learning environment for their students.
On January 23, 2018, West Gate Public School organized a Skype meeting with the Elementary School and Kindergarten Affiliated to SWU on the theme of “children’s behavior and progress”. The meeting was divided into two sessions.
Principal Connelly was responsible for the elementary school session and Vice Principal Mr. Roth took charge of the kindergarten session. The teachers found values in each other’s curriculum and education system. At the end of
the meeting, they decided to develop a plan to visit each other’s school in person.
Meeting members include: Principal Connelly; Vice Principal Mr. Roth; Principal Mr. Song; Vice Principal Mrs. Zhang; Vice Principal Mrs. Liao; Mrs. Zhang; Mrs. Huang; Dr. Shijing Xu (SSHRC Project Director) ; Ju Huang; Fang Lin; Simin Ma
Sister- School Skype meeting taking place at Westgate Public School between Westgate and the Primary School Affiliated to Southwest University. Skype meeting members at Westgate include: Westgate Principal Ms. Debra Laforet, Dr. Shijing Xu SSHRC Project Director & Dr. Zuochen Zhang SSHRC Project Co- Applicant from the University of Windsor, and research assistant Mr. David Potocek.
A principal Skype meeting taking place at Westgate Public School with the Primary School Affiliated to Southwest University. Meeting members include: Westgate Principal Ms. Debra Laforet, Eastwood Principal Mr. Nick Arundine, Ms. Na Wu guide teacher of 2015 SWU cohort, 2015 Chinese teacher candidate cohort from Southwest University China, and research assistant Mr. David Potocek.
2015年11月，温莎Westgate小学和其姊妹学校西南大学附属小学举行视频会议。与会人员包括：Westgate小学校长Debra Laforet，Eastwood 小学校长Nick Arundine ，2015届西南大学交换生及带队老师巫娜，及研究项目助理等
Westgate Public School Principal Ms. Debra Laforet conducts a meeting alongside: Dr. Shijing Xu SSHRC Project Director, and school teachers Mr. Jon Pillion, Ms. Joanne VidAmour, Mr. Bill McNeil, and Ms. Dale Lockley at Westgate School.
2015 Chinese teacher candidate cohort from Southwest University China participate in various activities with the Canadian primary school students. The Chinese teacher candidates demonstrate Chinese calligraphy, Kung-Fu, and paper folding.