I was invited by assistant professor Tracey Alviar-Martin to speak to her International Education class on January 25 at the Hong Kong Institute of Education to address how I have developed new courses for students at Hong Kong International School.
In this presentation I share how students at international schools like HKIS face the challenge of very high levels of achievement, as well as commensurate levels of stress, that seem at odds with these schools’ inspiring mission statements. Through many years of experimentation I have created a 9th grade interdisciplinary service-learning course called, “Humanities I in Action,” and a senior religion elective entitled, “Service, Society, and the Sacred,” that assists students to re-frame their sense of purpose. As I share in the presentation, Humanities I in Action fosters a greater sense of compassion within students, while Service, Society, and the Sacred aims to develop inner awakening. Together compassionate action and inner awakening offer students a far more fulfilling educational experience than the achievement model alone.
You may scroll through the slides or view as a slideshow at the bottom of the entry.
At this point in the presentation I showed Bea Caradang’s first semester video about Humanities I in Action (3 minutes) and half of her second semester video (full video is 7 minutes) about her Elixir Project.
The five words or phrases I used with this class:
- Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (as in an exam)
- Examination results
- Getting a job
- Leaving home
- Occupy Central
To listen to Mark Williams’ Three Minute Breathing Space, hit here.