Welcome back to school. I hope you all have had a great summer vacation and are rested and ready for Semester Two. In my message at the end of the first semester, I spoke about how important a healthy body is to academic success. So I hope everyone took advantage of the summer break and enjoyed some physical activity.
Being active in your learning is just as important. So, what does being active in your learning mean?
First – active learners are curious. Asking yourself questions and finding the answers is motivating. Be demanding of your education and questioning of your teachers.
Second – active learners make plans. Begin to think about your aims and goals and think about how you will meet those aims and goals through what you learn at school.
Third – active learners are hard-working. Do not be passive about your learning, be thoughtful, and aware. Go beyond the requirements and do more. Find the joy in learning new things.
Fourth – active learners do not fear failure. We learn when we push to the limits of our understanding. Finding what is not true is just as important as learning what is true. Learning how not to do something is just as important as learning how to do something.
We learn in many ways, but one of the best ways is by engaging with your studies with your classmates. We learn through communicating our knowledge with others. It is through communicating our learning that it becomes truly meaningful. And this is why an active learner is an active teacher. An active learner is able to take knowledge, analyze it, paraphrase it, make it easier for others to understand – and to pass it on to the next learner. Classrooms at Kanto should be a sharing community full of engaged learners becoming teachers.
This is a big semester for all of us as we will be welcoming delegates from all over the world to World School. As you know, this year World School will be held at Katsuura in October. In addition to the World School Event, our guests will be at this year’s school festival. As a result, all of you will have the chance to meet and talk to young people, just like you, from every corner of the world. Let us be true to our school name. Let’s show our guests how international Kanto can be.