Back to the Basics: AIS Zooms in on the Importance of Good Teachers
Close your eyes and take a trip down memory lane. Think back to the most memorable teachers you’ve ever had and you’ll likely think of those who left an emotional imprint on you—be it positive or negative. As the popular adage holds: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel”.
This rings true for the teaching methods at Australian International School in Ho Chi Minh City. According to Principal Dr Roderick Crouch or, as people call him, “ Dr Rod”, “The most important thing a school can do is put the right teachers in front of students”.
Many of AIS’ more than 100 teachers come from Australia and New Zealand, more than 30% hold Master’s degrees, all are properly accredited. AIS is intent on bringing talented teachers into the classroom and into the lives of their students. Their Australian standardised education approach to education means treating each person as an individual and providing well-rounded opportunities in and out of the classroom.
Treating Students as Individuals at AIS
When it comes to teacher recruitment, Dr Rod explains, “We look for people who understand children and know how to adapt their teaching for the circumstances they are in”.
One of the questions he asks teachers seeking employment at the school is (applicants, take note) “whether they have been a teacher for 10 years” or “whether they have taught one year ten times”. In other words, do they use the same approach with every student or do they have the ability to adapt to various students’ needs?
He believes that teachers don’t just teach content, they teach people. Adding that, “you have to support students and you have to find the different ways that they learn and, therefore, what makes them ‘tick’. How can you motivate them and inspire them?”
Ramya Balbon, a final-year student who was born in the Philippines and speaks two languages, agrees with Dr Rod. According to Balbon, “a teacher is someone who is able to evoke a student’s passion and curiosity about the world”.
The Gifter Education Approach Prepares Students for the Real World
This is exactly the approach used by Mrs Beth Wills, one of the newest teachers at the school. A “gifter”, she says, is “someone who allows you to discover knowledge for yourself”. Mrs Wills was recruited recently from New Zealand. Inspired by her mother to become a teacher, she has now spent more than 16 years in this profession. She describes her teaching philosophy using the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”.
Seung Yoon Jung, who was born in South Korea, speaks two languages, and plans on studying Anthropology, said she values teachers who “care not only for their students’ academic successes but also the students’ success in their lives and growth as a person.”
Mr. Ben Armstrong, who began as a maths and sciences teacher and has now become the current Deputy Principal of Secondary School, has been using this very teaching method for the seven years he’s been employed at the school.
Teaching students to be prepared for university life means giving them access to well-rounded opportunities. Although AIS lauds impressive state-of-the-art facilities in sports, science, and design, he tells us that it comes down to the quality of the teaching. “Each one of our teachers got into education for the love it”.
AIS SCHOLARSHIPS UP TO 50% OF THE ANNUAL TUITION FEE
The Australian International School (AIS) encourages and supports academic excellence across all areas of the curriculum and is committed to nurturing each student’s individual academic talents.
AIS is pleased to offer a limited number of Academic Scholarships for new students entering Years 7 – 12 for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. These scholarships are from 10% to 50% of the annual tuition fee, and are awarded for up to seven years, provided the student maintains an exemplary academic and behavioural record.
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