As active learners, Ho Yu teachers grasp every opportunity to enrich their knowledge of different aspects. Led by the former principal Lee Suet Ying and Principal Leung Wai Fong, six teachers attended a study tour to Taiwan aiming to explore the mode of ‘Student Adaptive Learning’ and education development in Taiwan in November, 2019.
The concept of ‘adaptive instruction’ to cater to learners’ diversity and learning needs appealed to the teachers immensely. Learning about the concept of ‘Student Adaptive Learning’ which has been successfully adopted in Taiwan, teachers would examine the possibility and feasibility of its implementation at Ho Yu.
Ho Yu has already met the most essential criteria for adopting the learning mode, such as shared resources, common periods, computer hardware and software, online platforms and data collection of students’ learning progress. With successful experience and positive feedback from teachers in Taiwan, Ho Yu teachers will continue to explore and develop a unique and effective learning approach which fits students’ needs and abilities.
In October, 2019, our students joined a four-day study tour to Hangzhou, Shanghai. Organized by the District Office, the tour provided an opportunity for the participants to experience the unique culture of Hangzhou. Besides exploring some famous tourist attractions, our students also paid visits to different places. At the headquarter of an automobile company, they enriched their knowledge about distinctive heavy industries which they rarely come across in Hong Kong. Through visiting Huanmao iapm Mall and the venue of G20 Leaders Summit, students realized the fast globalisation of the world economy and were amazed by the achievements of the local community.
During the trip, our students also got involved in class observation, sports competitions and mock graduation activities at various institutions including several high schools and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After experiencing local students’ life, one of our S.4 students, Yu Wing Kei, showed appreciation towards the education system of Shanghai, particularly the Physics curriculum. While most Hong Kong students are active and communicative, she observed that the mainland students are highly attentive in class and they are under even greater exam pressure.
Without a doubt, the tour enabled our students to widen their horizons and have a deeper understanding of the cultural and financial developments of Shanghai. It was such a rewarding trip which inspired students to equip themselves to prepare for the challenges ahead and contribute to a better Hong Kong in the near future.