Sheephappens<br />
This is me…Andy Clark(a very nice guy)<br />
As a new father… I’ve been thinking.<br />
I’ve been in China for 10 Years…<br />
…teaching on degree programs…<br />
…delivering Teacher Training programs…<br />
…and building acorporate training company.<br />
From the MNC’s in China that we’ve trained…<br />
…we hear the same problems, again & again…<br />
“Our staff are simply not speaking up in meetings”<br />
“Our team lackscreativity”<br />
Our staff are: “too easily distracted”<br />
Our team “lack social skills”(especially our engineers)<br />
“E-mails needmore specifics”<br />
“Presentations fail to generate interest…”<br />
“…often being monotone and lacking body language”<br />
… Our staff have difficulty in understanding the management perspective… or “putting themselves in others shoes”<br />
“…even handshakes fail to generate a feeling of confidence”<br />“Presentations lack body language”<br />
So what are the Roots?<br />
While every year our phones, computers, cars, music, clothes, weapons, holidays and housing upgrades… Our education system...
Sheephappens<br />
Like sheep, in education we’ve simply followed the previous generations that came before… <br />
But the world has changed…China now has twice as many graduates as the US<br />
China is now the world’s number one English speaking country<br />
Education in China<br />National Education Budget = 			RMB 56.2 Billion (2.5% GDP)<br />Education Index (UNDP) = 81st<br /...
but population density in many areas…<br />
…means average class sizes of between 60 and 80 students<br />
How do you control a class this size?<br />
“60% of Chinese children suffer corporal punishment”(State Media Report) 2004-12-07<br />
So combine that with this…“Study Pressure and Interpersonal Relationships are causing children most concern” 			- Shanghai...
And this…83.6% of parents expect their child to rank within the top 15 (of 50) in their class - China Youth and Children’s...
And even this!“It is not only intense study pressure that hurts creativity, but a system of learning that is built largely...
And it’s no wonder the kids feel the pressure…  which sadly contributes to this…<br />
And this…<br />
So what can we do?<br /> A few solutions<br />1. Change the seating plan & halve class size <br />2. Change the exam break...
1. Change the Seating Plan& Halve the Class Size<br />
These seats and desks are fixed<br />
While these can be moved… <br />
So lets change this… <br />
…to this… <br />
Or even this… <br />
Which would allow:<br /><ul><li>Greater Interaction
Teamwork & Team Competitions
Discussion & Idea Generation
Group Problem Solving
Teachers to move around the room to help students</li></li></ul><li>Teachers say…<br />“We could never move the tables! It...
2. Change the Exam Breakdown<br />
Changing the Exam Breakdown…from this…               to this…<br /><ul><li>40% Final Exam
20% Mid-term exam
15% Teamwork project
15% Presentation
10% Homework grades</li></ul>100% Final Exam<br />
3. Add Next Generation Curriculum & Teachers Resources<br />
Who should be designing our curriculum?<br />This guy???<br />
Or maybe these guys… ?<br />
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  1. 1. Sheephappens<br />
  2. 2. This is me…Andy Clark(a very nice guy)<br />
  3. 3. As a new father… I’ve been thinking.<br />
  4. 4. I’ve been in China for 10 Years…<br />
  5. 5. …teaching on degree programs…<br />
  6. 6. …delivering Teacher Training programs…<br />
  7. 7. …and building acorporate training company.<br />
  8. 8. From the MNC’s in China that we’ve trained…<br />
  9. 9. …we hear the same problems, again & again…<br />
  10. 10. “Our staff are simply not speaking up in meetings”<br />
  11. 11. “Our team lackscreativity”<br />
  12. 12. Our staff are: “too easily distracted”<br />
  13. 13. Our team “lack social skills”(especially our engineers)<br />
  14. 14. “E-mails needmore specifics”<br />
  15. 15. “Presentations fail to generate interest…”<br />
  16. 16. “…often being monotone and lacking body language”<br />
  17. 17. … Our staff have difficulty in understanding the management perspective… or “putting themselves in others shoes”<br />
  18. 18. “…even handshakes fail to generate a feeling of confidence”<br />“Presentations lack body language”<br />
  19. 19. So what are the Roots?<br />
  20. 20. While every year our phones, computers, cars, music, clothes, weapons, holidays and housing upgrades… Our education system is still fundamentally the same as it was 100 years ago… Why?<br />
  21. 21. Sheephappens<br />
  22. 22. Like sheep, in education we’ve simply followed the previous generations that came before… <br />
  23. 23. But the world has changed…China now has twice as many graduates as the US<br />
  24. 24. China is now the world’s number one English speaking country<br />
  25. 25. Education in China<br />National Education Budget = RMB 56.2 Billion (2.5% GDP)<br />Education Index (UNDP) = 81st<br />Student Numbers:<br />Primary & Secondary = 217.1 million<br />University & Vocational = 39.9 million<br />Teachers = 16.2 million<br />
  26. 26. but population density in many areas…<br />
  27. 27. …means average class sizes of between 60 and 80 students<br />
  28. 28. How do you control a class this size?<br />
  29. 29. “60% of Chinese children suffer corporal punishment”(State Media Report) 2004-12-07<br />
  30. 30. So combine that with this…“Study Pressure and Interpersonal Relationships are causing children most concern” - Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences<br />
  31. 31. And this…83.6% of parents expect their child to rank within the top 15 (of 50) in their class - China Youth and Children’s Research centre<br />
  32. 32. And even this!“It is not only intense study pressure that hurts creativity, but a system of learning that is built largely upon one-way lecturing and rote learning.” - China Education Blog<br />
  33. 33. And it’s no wonder the kids feel the pressure… which sadly contributes to this…<br />
  34. 34. And this…<br />
  35. 35. So what can we do?<br /> A few solutions<br />1. Change the seating plan & halve class size <br />2. Change the exam breakdown<br />3. Next curriculum & teachers resources<br />
  36. 36. 1. Change the Seating Plan& Halve the Class Size<br />
  37. 37. These seats and desks are fixed<br />
  38. 38. While these can be moved… <br />
  39. 39. So lets change this… <br />
  40. 40. …to this… <br />
  41. 41. Or even this… <br />
  42. 42. Which would allow:<br /><ul><li>Greater Interaction
  43. 43. Teamwork & Team Competitions
  44. 44. Discussion & Idea Generation
  45. 45. Group Problem Solving
  46. 46. Teachers to move around the room to help students</li></li></ul><li>Teachers say…<br />“We could never move the tables! It would be chaos and students would not listen to us, they would just talk to each other!”<br />…Which is true…<br />…so at the same time we also need to…<br />
  47. 47. 2. Change the Exam Breakdown<br />
  48. 48. Changing the Exam Breakdown…from this… to this…<br /><ul><li>40% Final Exam
  49. 49. 20% Mid-term exam
  50. 50. 15% Teamwork project
  51. 51. 15% Presentation
  52. 52. 10% Homework grades</li></ul>100% Final Exam<br />
  53. 53. 3. Add Next Generation Curriculum & Teachers Resources<br />
  54. 54. Who should be designing our curriculum?<br />This guy???<br />
  55. 55. Or maybe these guys… ?<br />
  56. 56. To add game dynamics to education, so learning becomes as addictive to kids as this…<br />
  57. 57. and with building valuable teaching resources…<br />
  58. 58. And recording the best teachers…<br />To share best practices with those all over the country<br />
  59. 59. So What Now?<br />The China Education Initiative<br />www.chinaeducationinitiative.org <br />China Education Blog<br />www.chinaeducationblog.com<br />Join your PTA (or start one!)<br />& Ask your teachers questions!<br />
  60. 60. So hopefully we can make sure that:Sheepdoesn’t happenfor the next generation…<br />
  61. 61.
  62. 62. ClarkMorgan Corporate Training<br />Free Call (in China): 800 820 5501<br />Outside China: +86 21 5403 5500<br />www.clarkmorgan.com<br />E-mail: andy.clark@clarkmorgan.com<br />Blog: www.networkhr.com/blogs<br />
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