Reflections

14

September

2018

14th September 2018

Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.

Finishing Well

Whenever we approach the end of something, whether it’s a job or a school year or a project, it’s easy to lose motivation.

We are having to rethink and redefine what success looks like for this generation. The fascinating change we are seeing is that there is a new set of skills needed to be successful in today’s world.

Last week we began to look at our first Flagship – Scholarship. In the area of scholarship, Dalat strives to have its students become excellent communicators and innovative thinkers. Here are the student outcome statements (SOS) for the area of scholarship:

A Dalat Student Communicates Skillfully by…

  • asking meaningful and relevant questions.
  • expressing themselves creatively and ethically through media and the arts.
  • reading, writing, and speaking fluently in English.
  • conveying clearly their ideas and learning.

A Dalat Student Thinks Innovatively by…

  • demonstrating a growth mindset and exhibiting intellectual curiosity.
  • being a self-directed and goal-oriented learner.
  • embracing new opportunities, taking risks, and overcoming setbacks.
  • reflecting critically and seeking creative solutions to everyday challenges.

We have talked about the idea that we as educators and parents need to have the courage to rewrite the formula for our kids; that school is no longer just about getting good grades, so that you can get into a good university, to get a good job, to make lots of money. We are having to rethink and redefine what success looks like for this generation. The fascinating change we are seeing is that there is a new set of skills needed to be successful in today’s world.

One of those skills is the ability to fail. That is so counterintuitive to the way our school systems have been designed, but the ability to fail well is a key life skill for the future. I would encourage you to watch the following video about having a growth mindset and failing. If you want to know why most graduates of Harvard Business School end up in middle management, watch this video. It is only 3 minutes long but is eye-opening when it comes to our perspective of education and what it is all about:

Video Linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dva6bZ5JgGE

At Dalat we are trying to move towards more curriculum and learning opportunities that will develop “a growth mindset” and a willingness to “take risks and overcome setbacks” in our students. That, however, does not fit into the old mold of education. If we want our students to be innovative, we must be innovative. It won’t be easy because change is hard, scary, and risky, but we must be willing to take risks and overcome setbacks if we want to see the same thing in our kids. It is scary for a school to say that we want to fail well, but if we want to give our students the skills they need to succeed we must have the courage to do just that.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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Recent Reflection Articles

Goodbye for Now

Dalat International School has played a meaningful role in my family since the 1970’s.

Leaving A Legacy

Mr. Steinkamp did more than “stand at the helm.” He is affectionately known as Uncle Karl because of his deep investment in individual student lives.

Year of Growth

We are grateful that, over this year, SOPs have eased enough that we were able to spend a majority of the year in face-to-face learning despite starting the year online.