A school in north London has gone shoe-free in a bid to make children
‘feel more at home’ in classes.

1.16  Monday  Chiangmai

  特殊需求

伦敦北部一所小学的师生上课不穿鞋,目的是让孩子在课堂里“感觉更自在”。

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  Public schools: Due to special education laws, public schools must
educate all children, and provide the necessary programs to meet their
special needs. This means that most public schools have special
education programs and teachers who are trained to work with students
who have particular
needs.根据特殊教育法,公立学校提供特殊服务给有需求的学生.

Pupils at the Torriano School in Kentish Town are being told to take off
their shoes when they come inside in a move bosses hope will ‘take away
the hierarchy’ between children and teachers.

Today, I visited the CMIS—-the best school in Chiangmai. They said
this school is very hard to enter, especially for Chinese. People come
in with hope and come out with disappointment. I begin to feel nervous
even though I knew I was just visiting it.

  Private schools: Private schools do not have to accept children with
special needs, and many choose not to (although there are a small number
of private schools specifically designed for special needs children). As
a result, most private schools do not have special education programs or
teachers trained to work with students with severe special needs.
Private schools will try to help all the students they admit, but extra
resources may also come at an additional
cost.大部分私立学校不提供服务给特殊需求的学生,但也有小部分学校会有个别可能,但要取额外费用.

肯特镇托利亚诺小学让学生们进教室前脱掉鞋子,校领导希望这样可以消除师生之间的等级差异感。

The school looks beautiful. Green trees reach up to the sky, gray and
white doves wandering about, children running past us. The buildings are
not as tall and clean as in China, but it was nice and peaceful.

  班级规模

The move comes after teachers from the school visited Finland, Iceland
and Sweden, where the practice is more widespread.

In the antechamber we met Sarah, a kind ethnic Chinese. She lead us
around the school. I saw many students. Some are having English class,
some are having history class, some are having musical class, some are
having PE class…….I saw them playing football. They kicked the ball
swiftly though the field, calling to their friends.

  Public schools: Many states recognize the value of small classes and
have provided funding to keep class sizes small in grades K-3. As
students become older, class size tends to get bigger in public schools,
especially in large school districts and urban schools.班级人数较多.

该学校的老师们在访问了芬兰、冰岛和瑞典之后做出了这一决策,脱鞋上课的做法在这几个国家更盛行。

We talked to some 9th grade students. They are all friendly and they
looks healthy and happy. When Sarah told them I may come and study here,
a boy held up his hands and said that I will love this great school.

  Private schools: Private schools are generally committed to
providing small classes and individual attention to students. Many
parents choose private schools for this
reason.平均人数在12人.因为私立学校致力于提供小班授课,也是家长选择私立学校的一个理由.

Headteacher Helen Bruckdorfer told?The Camden New Journal: ‘What
resonated is this connection between home and school, which is very
different to the way we organise school, and the need for children to
feel comfortable and relaxed within the school setting when they come
into the building.

Their classrooms are different from my school. Instead of teachers
moving from class to class, students walk to classes to learn. Teachers
just stay in a regular classroom and wait for students to come for
class.

  The Bottom Line

校长海伦·布鲁克多佛告诉《卡姆登新学报》说:“那里的学校让人产生共鸣的是家和学校间的关系(和我们学校的组织方式差别很大)以及让孩子们在教室里感到舒适和放松的需要。”

I also saw the library. There are a lot of books, <<Star
War>>, <<Harry Porter>> and many other ones. Most
students read and study on computers. I listen to their class, the
teacher seems to interact with there students very well. They all looked
interested. The class seems very hard to understand, but fun.

  There are a few fundamental differences between public and private
schools, but here’s the bottom line: There are great private schools and
there are great public schools. The trick is finding the school that
best fits your child’s needs. You may also want to consider public
charter schools or homeschooling. It’s a good idea to research the
schools that interest you and, to get a true picture of the school,
visit in person.

‘When you get home you come in and take your shoes off because you just
sort of release that energy. You are able to think more clearly.’

I don’t think I am good enough to enter this school yet. I planned to
read more, write more, and talk more. The CMIS is my objective.

  虽然有很多优秀的私立学校和公立学校.但对我们中国大陆家长来说,关键是选择适合你的孩子的学校.不要以为多交了学费自己有可以随意挑选学校.
从08年的申请情况看,学校筛选学生越来越严格,竞争更加激烈.适合中国大陆学生就读的美国私立中学数量有限.美国的家长可能选择小班教学但带有公立学校性质的charter
schools或者家庭学校,但这些都不适合中国的学生. 

“你回到家后就会脱鞋,因为你需要释放自己。脱掉鞋子后你能更清晰地思考。”

The policy is being trialed in the school’s nursery, reception and Year
4 classes, but could be rolled out to the whole school if successful.

目前该校的托班、学前班和四年级正在试行脱鞋上课制度,如果成功的话将推广到整个学校。

Ms Bruckdorfer added: ‘It takes away the hierarchy because all of us,
teachers and children, have to take our shoes off.’

布鲁克多佛补充道:“这会消除教室里的等级差异感,因为所有老师和学生都要脱掉鞋子。”

She said the move is very popular among children, who have become
‘calmer’ since they shed their shoes.

她说,这一做法非常受孩子欢迎,自从孩子们脱掉鞋子后,情绪稳定多了。

The school’s new policy follows research by Bournemouth University,
which claimed ‘shoeless’ children get better grades, behave better and
are more likely to arrive to school on time.

在该校推行新政之前,伯恩茅斯大学的一项研究声称“不穿鞋”的孩子分数更高、表现更好,也更可能准时到校。

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