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Guest Bloggers Chu Hsi Tseng & Shu Chun Tai: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Chinese Language and Literacy

As we have incorporated more and more inquiry-based learning into our 2nd grade classrooms, we have focused on harnessing our students’ natural curiosity to build up and reinforce their Chinese language and literacy skills. We want our students...

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5th Grade Cultural Exchange Trip: Exploring Taipei

The Chinese Program 5th Graders are in Taiwan for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are exploring Taipei, living with Chinese host families, and attending Gao Yuan Elementary School with their Chinese peers. Chinese Program Teacher Cindy...

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The International Adventures of the Lee Family – Switching Programs but Keeping the Same ISTP Spirit

As an international school, it is not uncommon for our families to move overseas. Still, when former ISTP Board Chair Peter Lee’s family moved to Paris for four years for his work, it was significant because we were losing a family whose deep...

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Guest Blogger Barbara Greiner: Exploring Paris and Studying at La Source School

The French Program International Middle School students are on a cultural exchange trip to Meudon, France, outside of Paris. They are staying with host families, attending La Source School, and exploring Paris and its environs. Middle School...

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Cultural Immersion in Fumel, France

The French Program 4th Graders are in Fumel, France, for a 10-day cultural exchange trip. Students are living with French host families, and experiencing French life and culture firsthand. Assistant Head of School Kate Lussen and ISTP French...

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Student Blogger Tai Noelle R. – 3rd Grade Poetry Slam

One morning, the whole of third grade went to the Bean-O'Sullivan Media-Hub and participated in a poetry slam. We had a poetry slam because we were learning about poetry in all three third grade classes. The poetry slam was truly amazing and...

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Guest Blogger Ying Liang: Chinese Nursery Students Gain Confidence and Language Skills in Show and Tell

Of all the activities in the Chinese Nursery classroom, show and tell is one of the most exciting activities for my students. Show and tell activities are important because they help build self-esteem, encourage friendship development, and...

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Guest Blogger Shu-Chun Tai: Student Reflection and Self-Assessment in Kindergarten

Each individual has his/her own way of expressing concepts, memories and ideas. Organizing experiences logically through words and pictures does a great deal to help students learn. I use reflection in my class as a tool to help us make sense of...

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Guest Blogger Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley: Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Dr. Judith Lessow-Hurley is a professor at San Jose State University and a respected expert on bilingual and immersion education. 

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Creativity, Collaboration, and Design Thinking in 1st Grade Chinese

On Tuesday morning in Portia’s 1st grade Chinese classroom, students were buzzing with excitement. The class was gathered around a tableau they had created themselves, collectively writing their own story about the scene before them. The activity...

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