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Empowering students with effective teaching and positive relationships

At Concordia International School Shanghai, we believe that deeper learning can be mastered and maintained through effective teaching. When we say effective teaching, we mean the type of teaching designed to play a positive role in providing students with meaningful learning experiences that build on previous learning, and actively guide them in acquiring complex skills, gradually resulting in student self-regulation and autonomy.

The school understands the role teachers play in student success and the far-reaching impact they can have on the whole student — their emotional skills, social skills, self-esteem, attitude toward learning and school, and more.

Concordia welcomes world-class educators that provide students with high-quality educational experiences that enhance our students’ knowledge and skills. These seasoned teachers are experts in their field and serve as guides for our students on the road to success.

Good teachers cultivate relationships that benefit student learning.

Positive teacher-student relationships provide students with the emotional support they need to overcome challenges, embrace opportunities at school, and influence students to have a positive outlook toward school and learning.

Concordia teachers impact student success by investing effort in getting to know them and learning how to work with them to strengthen their connection to the subject matter and their overall learning.

An assured teacher-student relationship plays a key role in achieving academic success. When students view their teacher as a source of support, their quality of learning increases. Teachers also register that when students experience a sense of support from them, they are more likely to be more engaged in their learning and school-related activities, helping them thrive at school.

At Concordia, teachers partner with students and parents to ensure that strategies and accommodations are in place to impact student success. The school does this through a wide range of activities, such as back-to-school nights, which take place at the start of each new school year to give parents a chance to meet with faculty and learn more about the school life of their students. Twice a year, the school also conducts three-way conferences between parents, students, and teachers as a way for all three to share and discuss student progress and strategies for learning.

There are also engaging activities that help to build community and school involvement, such as Homecoming Week, Phoenix Friday sports nights, International Day, an event organized by the Parent Support Organization. Community-focused activities such as these help foster active engagement, enhance student experience, encourage school spirit, and ensure that parents continue to play a vital role in the school community.

Good teachers impact the development of the whole student.

While the primary role of every teacher is to instill in students an understanding of the core subject matter, good teachers impact students beyond helping them achieve good grades; they impact the development of their identity and other essential life skills through patience, care and the modeling of shared values.

By fostering a positive, nurturing learning environment, Concordia teachers help students develop good manners, behaviors, and other essential skills like responsibility and accountability that have far-reaching benefits in a student’s life.

Through positive and responsive communication, teachers play a key role in building confidence in their students and helping them understand the value they can receive from their education. These practices further impact student motivation and other abilities like adapting to new situations.

Concordia teachers nurture the development of the whole student by, for example, designing assignments that require the utilization of additional skills such as teamwork, leadership, or accountability.

Good teachers maintain nurturing learning environments to impact student success.

Good teachers are aware of their role in their students’ lives and focus on establishing nurturing learning environments where every student is given equal opportunities to succeed. Instead of feeling inferior, students that may be struggling are encouraged to ask questions and receive the appropriate support; students are impacted with positive learning experiences and receive the benefits of a values-based education like the one offered at Concordia.

Supportive and positive learning environments where teachers maintain good communication and relationships with their students allow for more profound learning experiences. Students feel safe to explore and express their needs and identity, which fosters their growth and positively impacts them academically, mentally, and physically.

Student goals and well-being are top priorities, and Concordia teachers are essential in helping students achieve those goals, delivering deeper learning in core subject areas, while also guiding students to learn life skills such as problem-solving and collaboration. Concordia teachers cultivate exceptional learning opportunities that impact students to reach their full potential.


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