Contact
Subscribe
Advertise
Follow us on:
Search:
Banner
An interview with Jan Bennett. Head of Early Years at Wellington College Tianjin

Building a growth mindset in early childhood
An interview with Jan Bennett
Head of Early Years at Wellington College Tianjin
鍦ㄦ棭鏈熸暀鑲查樁娈靛煿鍏诲瀛愮殑鎴愰暱鍨嬫濈淮
涓撹Jan Bennett
澶╂触鎯犵伒椤垮弻璇辜鍎垮洯鍥暱

TP 202011 01


Jan Bennett brings to Wellington College Tianjin a wealth of knowledge in early childhood education from the United Kingdom. She has worked in education for 29 years, and during that time has held a wide variety of positions. She has taught children from the ages of two to eleven. Her passion, however, is for the early years.

 

She has also had the valuable experience of working as a school improvement advisor for two London local authorities, specializing in early childhood. This involved improving the educational provision and outcomes for all children in schools and pre-school settings. Her previous position was as head teacher in a London nursery school catering for children from the age of two to five years.



Jan Bennett鍥暱浠庝簨鏁欒偛宸ヤ綔宸叉湁29骞达紝鏇炬媴浠昏繃澶氱鏁欏鑱屽姟銆傚ス鎵ф暀杩2宀佽嚦11宀佺殑瀛╁瓙锛屼絾鏃╂湡鏁欒偛闃舵涓鐩存槸Jan鏈閲嶈鐨勩侸an杩樻嫢鏈夊湪鑻卞浗浼︽暒鍙婂叾鍛ㄨ竟鍦板尯鎷呬换鏃╂湡鏁欒偛椤鹃棶銆佸鏍″彂灞曢【闂殑瀹濊吹缁忛獙锛岃繖鏍风殑缁忓巻浣垮叾寰椾互涓庤秴杩200鎵瀛︽牎鐨勫悓琛屼竴璧蜂氦娴併佸伐浣滐紝鎺㈣濡備綍鎻愬崌鏃╂湡鏁欒偛闃舵瀛╁瓙浠殑瀛︿範浣撻獙銆傗滄垜娣辩煡鑷繁鎵浠庝簨鐨勫伐浣滆兘澶熷瀛╁瓙锛屼箖鑷充簬瀛︽牎鍏跺畠鏁欒亴宸ヨ捣鍒板紩瀵肩殑浣滅敤锛屼骇鐢熺Н鏋佺殑褰卞搷锛岃繖鏄垜閫夋嫨杩欎釜鑱屼笟鐨勫師鍥犮傗

TP 202011 COVER STORY 12 LOGO

TP 202011 COVER STORY 02Jan has a background in science and genuinely believes that young children can pursue a STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). This curriculum can engage young children in all aspects of STEAM, and excite them to learn things that are not typically available to our youngest learners. Her vision is to integrate the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, the Chinese curriculum, STEAM and outdoor learning, and to continue to offer the very best start to all children in their early years. Jan joins the Wellington family with her son, Jake.


Asked why she decided to join Wellington College Tianjin, Jan explained that when looking for a new challenge, she had begun to look at overseas opportunities, and was excited by the job description for her current position, since every aspect matched her skills.

 

鍔犲叆澶╂触鎯犵伒椤垮鏍′箣鍓岼an鍦ㄤ鸡鏁︿竴鎵澶у瀷骞煎効鍥媴浠诲洯闀匡紝璇ュ辜鍎垮洯鐨勫鐢熶负2宀佽嚦5宀佺殑鍎跨銆傚綋琚棶鍙婁负浠涔堝喅瀹氬姞鍏ュぉ娲ユ儬鐏甸】瀛︽牎鏃讹紝Jan瑙i噴璇达紝鍦ㄥ姹傛柊鐨勬寫鎴樻椂锛屽ス宸茬粡寮濮嬬暀鎰忔捣澶栫殑宸ヤ綔鏈轰細锛屽綋浜嗚В鍒拌繖涓矖浣嶅悗锛屽ス鎰熷埌闈炲父婵鍔紝鍥犱负杩欎釜鑱屼綅姣忎釜鏂归潰鐨勮姹傞兘瀹岀編涓庡ス鐨勬妧鑳藉鍚堛侸an璁や负濂逛笌鎯犵伒椤挎湁鐫涓嶈皨鑰屽悎鐨勬暀鑲茬悊蹇靛拰浠峰艰锛岃兘鍔犲叆杩欐墍涓嶆柇涓哄笀鐢熸彁渚涙敮鎸佺殑瀛︽牎骞跺垎浜粠鏁29骞存墍绉疮鐨勭煡璇嗕笌鎶鑳戒竴涓殑缁濅匠鏈轰細锛屽彟澶朖an甯屾湜鑳芥湁鏈轰細鎺㈢储涓浗杩欎釜鍥藉鐨勬枃鍖栧拰浼犵粺銆侸an鍜屽ス鐨勫効瀛怞ack涓璧峰姞鍏ヤ簡澶╂触鎯犵伒椤垮ぇ瀹跺涵銆

TP 202011 COVER STORY 08After doing research on Wellington College Tianjin, Jan felt that the ethos and values Wellington held matched her own, and that joining the college would be the perfect opportunity to work in a supportive school and share the knowledge and skills she had developed over the past 29 years. The added bonus for her was that it was in China, a place of culture and tradition that she would have the time to explore.

 

Jan鈥檚 mantra is, 鈥渋t鈥檚 all about the children鈥. This is what guides her in working to ensure that all children get the very best she can offer, so that they can be the very best they can be.

 

Jan鐨勫彛澶寸鏄細鈥滀竴鍒囬兘鏄负浜嗗瀛愨濓紝Jan 璇达細鈥滆繖鍙ヨ瘽涓鐩存寚寮曠潃鎴戙傛垜鑷村姏浜庝负瀛︾敓鎻愪緵鏈濂界殑鏁欒偛锛屼互淇濊瘉浠栦滑鑳藉鑾峰緱鏈濂界殑鎴愰暱鈥濄傚ス涓蹇冩斁鍦ㄥ辜鍎挎暀鑲蹭笂锛岃皥鍒拌嚜宸辩殑鏁欏鐢熸动锛孞an浠嬬粛璇达紝鍦ㄥス29骞寸殑鏁欒偛鐢熸动涓紝鏈夊お澶氬煎緱鍥炲繂鐨勬椂鍒伙紝姣斿鍦ㄥ勾鏈紨鍑轰笂鐪嬪埌瀛︾敓浠睍绀轰粬浠緵鑻﹀噯澶囩殑琛ㄦ紨鏃剁殑鑷豹锛屾瘮濡傜湅鍒版湁鐗规畩闇姹傜殑瀛︾敓鎴愬姛鍋氬埌鍘熸湰琚涓轰笉鍙兘鍋氬埌鐨勪簨鏃剁殑鍠滄偊锛涙浘鏈変竴涓偅閫夋嫨鎬х紕榛樼棁銆佸凡鏈変袱骞翠笉鏇惧紑鍙h璇濈殑瀛╁瓙鎷夎捣鎴戠殑鎵嬶紝甯︽垜璧板埌鐏溅妯″瀷鏃佽竟锛岀敤鎵嬫寚鐫璇撮亾锛氣滅伀杞︼紒鈥濋偅涓鍒荤殑鍠滄偊浠ゆ垜闅句互蹇樻銆

TP 202011 COVER STORY 05Jan鈥檚 passion for teaching was fuelled by a number of circumstances. As a child, she attended many different primary schools, and found that moving around meant she had always missed out on some learning, which was perceived negatively by her next new school. Her negative experiences gave her the drive and passion to want to change things, to do things differently.

 

Her heart, however, has always been in early childhood education. She explains that knowing that the work one does has a direct and positive impact on children and school staff is the reason she does her job. Knowing that one can make a difference to a child and a family鈥撯搕his is where her passion comes from.

TP 202011 COVER STORY 11Talking about her teaching career, Jan commented that during her 29 years in the world of education, there were too many memorable moments to recount, but that these could include feeling pride for the students who worked so hard on the end of year productions, or the joy of watching a student with special needs achieve something she had been told they would never do. There was also the time an elective mute child who had not uttered a word for two years took her hand and directed her to the train set, pointed, and said, 鈥渢rain!鈥

 

Jan also described some memorable moments from her previous role as head teacher of a large nursery school. One that she felt stood out was the last Ofsted [the UK鈥檚 school鈥檚 inspectorate] inspection. The inspector had read all their documents before arriving at the school and was curious to see how the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) curriculum worked in a nursery school, since she had only come across it in secondary schools and a few primary schools.

 

Jan杩樻弿杩颁簡濂逛箣鍓嶆媴浠讳竴瀹跺ぇ鍨嬪辜鍎垮洯鍥暱鏃剁殑涓浜涢噸瑕佺殑鍥炲繂銆傚叾涓渶闅惧繕鐨勶紝鏄渶杩戜竴娆℃帴鍙楄嫳鍥芥暀鑲叉爣鍑嗗眬锛堣嫳鍥藉鏍$殑妫鏌ユ満鏋勶級鐨勬鏌ャ傛鏌ヤ汉鍛樺湪鎶佃揪瀛︽牎鍓嶅氨宸茬粡闃呰浜嗗ス浠彁浜ょ殑鏂囦欢锛屽苟琚憡鐭ュス寰堟劅鍏磋叮STEAM瀛︾锛堝嵆绉戝銆佹妧鏈佸伐绋嬨佽壓鏈佹暟瀛﹀绉戯級鏁欒偛鏄庢牱鍦ㄥ辜鍎垮洯寮灞曠殑銆傚洜涓哄ス鍙鍒颁腑瀛﹀拰灏戞暟灏忓鎻愪緵杩欎簺瀛︾鐨勬暀鑲层傚湪骞煎効鍥帴鍙楁鏌ョ殑閭d釜涓嬪崍锛屽ス浠蛋閬嶆牎鍥紝鏌ョ湅鏁欏鎯呭喌銆傛鏌ュ憳鐪嬪埌浜嗗瀛愪滑鍦ㄤ竴璧风帺鑷繁鍒涢犵殑瑙掕壊鎵紨娓告垙锛岀敤鐮栧潡鏉ユ惌寤虹伀绠傚湪瀛╁瓙浠父鎴忔椂锛屾鏌ュ憳鍚埌浠栦滑璋堣鐫鈥滈渶瑕佹洿澶х殑鎺ㄥ姏鏉ユ憜鑴卞湴鐞冨紩鍔涙垨鏄渶瑕佷竴涓壒娈婄殑閫氫俊绯荤粺鈥濓紱杩樺惉鍒颁粬浠兂瑕侀寰鈥滃弽灏勪俊鍙风殑鍗槦鈥濅互鍙娾滃儚鏈ㄦ槦鎴栨捣鐜嬫槦閭f牱鐨勫法澶ф皵浣撹鏄燂紝浣嗗洜涓烘槦鐞冩槸鐢辨皵浣撳拰娑蹭綋鏋勬垚鐨勶紝浠栦滑鏃犳硶鍦ㄤ笂鐫闄嗏濓紱杩樻湁鈥滃鏋滄兂瑕佺潃闄嗭紝鎴戜滑闇瑕佸幓鐏槦锛屽洜涓哄畠鏄敱宀╃煶鏋勬垚鐨勨濈瓑绛夈傛鏌ュ憳鍚埌瀛╁瓙浠湪娓告垙鏃朵娇鐢ㄧ潃灏忓闃舵鎵嶄細鏁欐巿鐨勭瀛︽湳璇紝骞跺惉璇村瀛愪滑瀛︿範瀹囧畽鐨勪富棰樺凡缁忔湁8涓湀浜嗭紝鑴镐笂婊℃槸闇囨儕鐨勮〃鎯呫侸an瑙i噴閬擄紝褰撴垜浠粰浜堝瀛愪滑楂樿川閲忕殑鐭ヨ瘑锛屽瀛愪滑鏄兘澶熸湁鏁堝惛鏀剁殑銆

TP 202011 COVER STORY 03TP 202011 COVER STORY 04On the afternoon of the inspection, when Jan and the inspector walked around the school together to see what teaching and learning was happening, the inspector observed children playing together in a role play game they had created. They had used large blocks to build a rocket. During their play, the inspector heard the children talk about: 鈥渘eeding more thrust to break from the earth's gravity鈥; that they needed a special communication system that would use, 鈥渟atellites to bounce the signals off鈥; that they would fly to, 鈥渁 giant gas planet like Jupiter or Neptune, but they couldn鈥檛 land there as it was made of gas and liquid鈥; and that, 鈥渋f we want to land we need to go to Mars because it鈥檚 made of rock鈥. Jan commented that it was striking to see the inspector鈥檚 face when she listened to the children play, using scientific vocabulary not taught until primary school, and be told that the children had last been taught about space eight months beforehand. Jan explained thats when what one teaches is high quality, it is remembered!

 

With regard to her current role as Head of Early Years, Jan explained that to begin with, she wants to watch and listen. She wants to have time to talk to the children, staff and families to see what she and her colleagues are doing well, and what they could do better. She wants to ensure that they always provide the very best play-based learning possible, and to set the right level of challenge and work to build a growth mindset for children, staff and parents alike.

 

浣滀负鏂颁换鍥暱锛孞an浠婂勾鍦ㄦ暀瀛︿笂鐨勯瑕佸叧娉ㄧ洰鏍囨槸瑙傚療鍜岃亞鍚傝姳鏃堕棿涓庡瀛愪滑銆佹暀鑱屽憳宸ヤ互鍙婂闀夸滑浜よ皥锛屽敖鎵鑳戒负瀛╁瓙浠彁渚涙渶濂界殑瀵撴暀浜庝箰鐨勬暀鑲诧紝涓轰粬浠彁渚涙墍闇瑕佺殑鎸戞垬锛屽府鍔╁瀛愩佹暀鑱屽憳宸ヤ互鍙婂闀垮缓绔嬫垚闀垮瀷鐨勬濈淮妯″紡銆

TP 202011 COVER STORY 07According to Jan, 2020 has taught people the need for resilience to overcome and deal with adversity. Building resilience and a growth mindset, and providing a play-based curriculum, is what will be at the core of what she and her colleagues do.

 

Jan is a passionate advocate of outdoor learning. She believes in using aspects of the well documented Forest School provision as it not only fosters a love of nature and the environment, but also supports children in building their resilience and learning to solve problems and work collaboratively. She will also be bringing the STEAM curriculum to the college. Through core books and play, children will learn to be scientists, engineers, artists, and mathematicians, and to use technology to develop their learning even further.

 

Jan鍊″鎴峰鏁欏銆侸an璁や负锛屽熀浜庡ぇ閲忔湁鍏虫.鏋楀鏍℃暀鑲茬悊蹇电殑鏂囩尞锛屾埛澶栨暀瀛︿笉浠呰兘婵鍙戝瀛愪滑瀵瑰ぇ鑷劧鍜屽懆鍥寸幆澧冪殑鐑埍锛岃繕鏈夊姪浜庡煿鍏讳粬浠殑鎶楁尗鍔涳紝澧炲己瑙e喅闂浠ュ強涓庝汉鍚堜綔鐨勮兘鍔涖傚笇鏈涜兘鏇村鍦板皢STEAM瀛︾锛堝嵆绉戝銆佹妧鏈佸伐绋嬨佽壓鏈佹暟瀛﹀绉戯級鍐呭甯﹀埌澶╂触鎯犵伒椤垮弻璇辜鍎垮洯銆傞氳繃鏍稿績鍐呭鐨勪功绫嶄笌娓告垙锛屽瀛愪滑灏嗗鐫鎴愪负涓鍚嶇瀛﹀銆佸伐绋嬪笀銆佽壓鏈鍜屾暟瀛﹀锛岃繍鐢ㄦ妧鏈幓鍙戝睍浠栦滑灏嗘潵鐨勫涔犮備粖澶╁皻鍦ㄥ辜鍎垮洯鐨勫瀛愪滑灏嗗湪鏈潵鎴愪负鍒涙柊鑰呫佸彂鏄庡銆佺爺鍙戣呬互鍙婂浠栦汉浜х敓閲嶈褰卞搷鐨勪汉銆備簨瀹炰笂锛岃冭檻鍒扮瀛︽妧鏈彂灞曚箣杩呯寷锛屼粬浠皢鍦ㄦ湭鏉ヤ粠浜嬬殑棰嗗煙锛屼篃璁镐粖澶╄繕涓嶅瓨鍦ㄣ傚洜姝わ紝涓烘垜浠渶骞磋交鐨勫涔犺呬滑鎵撳紑鏈轰細鐨勫ぇ闂ㄨ嚦鍏抽噸瑕併

TP 202011 COVER STORY 06Jan believes that children in their early years today will go on to be the innovators, inventors, developers and influencer of the future, and that due to the pace of technology, many of the areas of employment they will go on to fulfil do not yet even exist. For this reason, she thinks it essential to open up these opportunities to their youngest learners.

 

Asked about her advice to parents who are unsure about enrolling their child into an early years programme due to COVID-19, Jan commented that this crisis has been a challenge for all, and has had a huge impact on people鈥檚 lives, which cannot be underestimated. However, she said that she was proud to be able to say that Wellington College Tianjin has risen to the challenge, and that they put the health and safety of the students and staff at the forefront of their planning when they reopened. She explained that while things may be a little different for parents, the measures put in place are aimed at giving the students the usual high-quality provision, while making adaptations to ensure that children are as safe as possible.

 

The children get to spend time enjoying outdoor learning, and being outdoors is a great place to be! They continue to have exciting and engaging learning opportunities and are supported by the college鈥檚 experienced staff team to make the progress they deserve.

 

With regard to guidance for the parents in the Early Years about dealing with the students who are at the start of their learning journey, Jan explained that between the ages of two and five, children learn at a more rapid pace than at any other time in their lives. They also acquire more knowledge and skills than at any other time of their lives. This is why working with early years is such an honour and privilege. Therefore, educators and parents owe it to each and every one of the children to make the right provision for their learning needs. Years of research have shown that at an early age, children achieve their highest level of learning when the learning opportunities are play-based, and historically, people have fallen into the trap of being too formal in education for the early years, trying to push rote learning and being inflexible.

TP 202011 COVER STORY 09She said that, thankfully, it is now known that to allow children to receive direct teaching for some of the time, and then allow them to explore and experiment with what they have been taught, helps them to take learning further and to embed it into long term memory. It also allows children to develop flexible/critical thinking, thereby allowing them to manipulate knowledge and skills to overcome problems and think laterally. A play-based approach to learning thus provides a long term gain.

 

Jan鈥檚 advice to parents, therefore, is to trust teachers to take their children on an incredible learning journey, and also to join their children in their play at home.

 

Asked about her interests apart from teaching, Jan said that many of the things she has done in her spare time have involved children and education. She was a school governor for 12 years, and also the Chair of an Academy Trust in England up to August of this year. She has also been associated with the Scouting Association, and was a Beaver Scout leader for three years.

 

She was Vice-Chair of the Parent-Teacher Association for seven years, and enjoyed fundraising for the primary school her son attended.

 

She is an avid reader and loves live music. She enjoys cooking (and eating) and is looking forward to learning authentic Chinese cooking.

 

鏁欏涔嬪锛孞an杩樻槸涓涓槄璇荤埍濂借咃紝鐑埍鐜板満闊充箰銆傚枩娆㈢児楗笌缇庨锛岄潪甯告湡寰呭涓浜涗腑鍥界壒鑹茶彍銆

  About TJ+     Contact TJ+     Subscribe to TJ+     Advertise on TJ+  
Copyright © 2019 TianjinPlus.com All rights reserved.