《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 - Page 26

ES BEIGAO CORNER “What is EXCELLENCE?” By Iris Cheng, Chinese Language Arts Teacher of Class 3A & 3B A s a newcomer to Daystar, I’m most impressed by the monthly assembly of the elementary school. There’s a theme for each month’s assembly, and students, as the most important participants, will interpret the theme in various ways and display their interpretations. Presentations by peers are more likely to resonate with children. At each presentation made by other classes, our boys and girls attentively listen, their eyes reflecting their agreement and admiration. They long for a chance to present too. Finally, a chance came our way: Class 3B would have a chance present on the theme “Excellence”, at an assembly! When I announced the news to the class, the children gave out a huge cheer. After a moment of excitement, we started to feel perplexed about the theme. “Excellence” is such an abstract word, and it wasn’t immediately clear to our third graders how best to interpret that word. To make it more specific, we finally defined the word as “the unceasing pursuit of self-growth”. students volunteered to work behind the camera. To involve everyone in the various roles, we invited applications for every job. The children had to state their competence for the job to the interviewer. Then, children assigned to the job would be given an “employment contract” that stipulated the obligations to finish the job. When they signed their names on the contract, applauses broke out in the classroom in an atmosphere of unity and trust. The shooting didn’t always go according to plan. We encountered a series of problems including device malfunctions, absence of actors and repeated retakes. Finally, we overcame all the difficulties and managed to finish the work through true collaboration and teamwork. Memories constantly pop up in my head about how we repeated one act dozens of times, how the backstage team picked up props, how children brainstormed with teachers for scene designs, and how they smiled brightly when the work was done. We cherish these precious memories with the children. With the theme, next we had to determine the form of presentation. This year, our third graders have been actively using the computers for classroom activities, and were keen to apply their newfound technological talent to this project. Therefore, we decided to use apple computer’s iMovie software for this presentation. The children were excited to know we would shoot a short film. We set up a Class 3B “Excellence” crew. On the day of the assembly, the short film made by Class 3B grasped the attention of the entire school immediately. Everyone admired the creative ideas from our boys and girls. The short film was a good interpretation of “excellence”, as well as a glue that tied all of the students together. Hopefully the film has encouraged everyone to always strive for excellence so that they can reach their full potential. A good script was necessary for a short film. Through serendipity, we found an English video on how our brain helps us succeed from Ms. Ma Na when she prepared for our character education classes. We thought this video would be a good fit for the assembly theme. So, Ms. Ma became our scriptwriter and adapted the English script into a Chinese version suitable for kids. Please scan the QR code to take a look at the video, thank you! Now that we had the script, the next work was casting, which was rather demanding, as every kid wanted to come under the spotlight. So, we held a class meeting to discuss different types of work and their importance. As a result, many Daystar Academy Spring/Summer Edition 2019