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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 David Huang: Creating “ISTP International Airport” for Arts Night

This year, the Chinese Kindergarten Red’s class project for Arts Night was titled “Travel Around the World.” For this project, students designed and created their own airplanes, using recycled materials. Each individual plane was different, but...

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Guest Blogger: Alyssa H.: Making Connections Through Exchange

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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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A Decade with QiuShi Elementary School

One of the highlights of the 5th grade Chinese Program curriculum is a unique cultural exchange program with our sister school, QiuShi Elementary School, in Hangzhou, China. We visit them each April and they in return come to visit us in October....

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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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Kate's Blog: Bilingualism, Brains, and Back-to-School

As I left the Cohn Campus after the State of the School just a two short weeks ago, my heart was warm from the sense of community I felt at the reception, my spirit was lifted by the enthusiasm of the parents when we toured the latest updates to...

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Graduation 2014: Celebrating, Giving Thanks, Saying Goodbye

Everyone walking onto Cohn Campus this past Thursday night could sense the excitement in the air. This feeling only grew upon entering the Rothschild Multipurpose Room, which was lovingly decorated with streamers, stars, banners, and portraits of...

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ISTP Students Excel in 39th Annual Mandarin Speech Contest

The Mandarin Speech Contest, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association of California, is an annual ISTP tradition. The contest, held in San Francisco each year, is always a fun challenge for our Chinese Program students, giving them...

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