Friday, November 15, 2013

Seeing ourselves through others' eyes

Seabury has had the privilege this week of hosting representatives from Korea Poly School, an English language institute based in Seoul, South Korea.  The group was led by the company’s founder and CEO, Mr. Sung Won Kim.  He was joined by Mrs. Kim and daughter, Sue, a Ph.D. candidate in education at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Alex Im, chief executive director, and Ms. Jane Rhee, executive director of research and development.  They spent time talking with teachers, observing classes, and meeting with members of Seabury’s staff and board.

It was exciting to see Seabury through the eyes of our visitors.  Education at Seabury looks much different than what our guests have experienced in South Korea.  They loved seeing our students engaged in discovering and exploring, asking as well as answering questions, problem finding and solving, and digging deeply into learning.  Sue Kim remarked that learning at Seabury is like what she is doing in her graduate school program – being presented with general information, forming her own questions for investigation, researching and finding answers, presenting her findings and then having her research evaluated by her peers and instructors.  What an apt description of the process that takes place every day in every Seabury classroom, from pre-k through grade eight.  We are thrilled to have hosted our Korean friends, and to give them a chance to see our students and faculty shine!

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