你們有聽過「馬比龍效應」或「期待效應」嗎? 美國心理學家羅森塔爾 (Robert Rosenthal)做過一個有趣的心理學實驗，他來到一所鄉村小學，為各年級的學生做有關語言及推理能力之測驗，然而測驗完結後，他並沒有檢示及運用測驗結果，反而選擇隨機選出其中20％的學生，告訴他們的老師，指這些孩子很有潛力，將來可能比其他學生更有出息。八個月後，羅森塔爾再次來到這所學校，奇蹟出現了！他隨機指定的那20％的學生成績有了顯著的進步，實驗證明了人在被賦予更高的期望以後，他們會有更好的表現；反之，消極的批評會打擊他們的自信，影響結果。
C.C.C. Kei Tsz Primary School
2016-2017 March Newsletter
16th February, 2017
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Lunar New Year is coming. When you visit your friends and relatives, they might ask about the achievement of your children. How would you respond? Chinese people are fairly modest. Have you ever responded to their comments modestly? When they praise your children, have you used words like “stupid” and “lazy” to describe your children? What would be the impact of such behaviour? In fact, publicly commenting children with negative wordings may harm their self-esteem. Have you ever heard of the "Pygmalion Effect" or "Expectancy Effect"? Robert Rosenthal, an American psychologist, conducted an interesting psychological experiment in a rural elementary school. The participating students were asked to finish a test which assesses their language and reasoning ability. After the test, Rosenthal did not evaluate the results. He randomly selected 20% of the students and told their teachers that those students had potentials and their future would be more promising. Eight months later, Rosenthal visited the school again and there was a miracle. The 20% students that he randomly selected had obvious improvement and his experiment proves that people tend to have better performance if they are given higher expectations. On the contrary, negative criticism will weaken their confidence.
Socrates once said, "Whether a person has attainments depends on whether he has self-esteem and self-confidence." Parenting should be based on mutual understanding, love and respect so as to help children build confidence. We need to recognize children’s performance and praise them concretely. We should avoid negatively commenting on children in public and comparing their weaknesses with others’ strengths, which may create the “labeling effect” and damage children’s confidence.
Our school fund raising walk-a-thon will be held on 18th February (Saturday). Apart from the purchase more books for the library and the development of IT equipment and multimedia learning facilities, the fund will be used to build the SMART Classroom in LG2 so as to facilitate the development of e-learning and STEM in our school.
I hope parents can support and participate in this school event to experience the joyfulness of participating in the walk-a-thon and reunion in God’s grace! Just like what Bible tells us, “Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11).
In order to provide parents with a better understanding of our school's curriculum, teaching models and children's learning, lesson observation for P.3 and P.6 students will be arranged in the first lesson on 13th February (Monday). I hope that parents can actively participate so as to know more about your children’s performance and learning progress at school. In addition, Parents’ Day will be organized in the morning on 25th February. Parents can get both students’ academic reports and character records, so they can talk with the teachers to know more about your children’s performance. As teachers, we should appreciate children’s effort; encourage them to take up challenge; and help them understand and exploit their strengths. On Parents’ Day, two sessions about secondary school entrance will be organized. Some graduates will be invited to share their secondary school life. If you are interested in knowing about the allocation mechanism, you are welcome to join one of the sessions.
A four-day and three-night study tour - "Taiwan Cultural Exchange Program" will be organized for P.4 to P.6 students from 7th to 10th February. Students will be able to learn more about the development, historical background and culture of Taiwan. Through the experience, their self-management skills and team spirit can also be enhanced. Mr. Yim Kin Wa, Miss Wong Hoi Kei and Miss Lam Yee Wa will be the leading teachers. I would like to thank the teachers for their efforts and parents for your support. We do hope students will have a joyful learning experience.
Entering a new year, we would like to continue to share with each other, to pray for our family and friends, and ask for God’s grace and love to come upon Kei Tsz. Finally, I would like to encourage students with a Bible scripture, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). I wish for everyone to continue to have a prosperous progression in the New Year!
Happy Lunar New Year! May God’s love and peace be with you always!
Chiu Kit Wa