Lời chào hỏi everyone!
This August I went on the most amazing Fun Learning Mission to Vietnam. It all began at the Trường mầm non Tân Thời Đại Kindergarten in Hanoi. I spent a week supporting teachers on how to train every preschooler like Future Astronauts. Here are some of the coolest things I discovered training Future Astronauts Trainers in Vietnam.
Warm and welcoming attitude
As a Fun Learning Trainer at Fun Academy I have worked with many educators from across the world. What really stood out for me from the very start is how kind and hospitable everyone was. They had the same openness towards the Fun Learning philosophy and what I had to share. I was essentially an outsider coming in to support their professional development locally. However, the kindergarten director, board members and teachers had a great attitude towards me. This positivity and welcoming nature immediately put me at ease and I looked forward to everyday of training these Future Astronauts Trainers.
Keen and curious mindset
The group of teachers at Trường mầm non Tân Thời Đại Kindergarten in Hanoi was every trainer’s dream-team. They were super curious and hungry for information. At the start of everyday they wanted to know what new thing they will learn and experience. They asked a lot of questions and also expressed their opinions freely. In return, this helped me to get to know each teacher personally and understand their unique strengths, needs and expectations. A big part of the Fun Learning approach is creating personalized learning paths for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning. Within this short period of time I was able to support each teacher individually, thanks to their unfaltering eagerness.
Daring and brave spirit
I quickly understood that in Vietnam they are not afraid to try new things. Whether it’s a new learning method, collaboration technique or skill, the teachers tackled it head on. I used group work, play, Kahoot-game, mindfulness activities, videos, observations and discussions for the training. Some of these methods were completely new to the teachers. However, they were able to embrace and put these techniques into effective use very quickly.
They also held the first Parents’ Evening at the kindergarten during my visit. The idea of collaborating with parents and giving them access to a school’s inner workings can be daunting. But Trường mầm non Tân Thời Đại Kindergarten understood the importance of collaboration between parents and teachers, to support the overall well-being of little kids. As a result of them putting children’s interests first and daring to make a change, I witnessed the most electric parents-teachers event I have seen.
Side note – This also inspired and gave me the courage to take a motorcycle ride during the rush hour!
Exciting and colorful lifestyle
I cannot end this article without mentioning the sensational Vietnamese culture. Food is a large part of this which includes dishes such as pork noodle soup for breakfast and hot pot with fish bellies. It is a nation with people who are resourceful and respect the environment around them. They take time to acknowledge and appreciate the little things in life such as meal time, friendship and weekends. I was really lucky to see traditional live music and even take part in some dancing myself. Vietnam clearly is a country that combines the best of everything to make everyday life a joyous experience. Luckily this is also a key principle of the Fun Learning philosophy. I really look forward to making Fun Learning available for every child and teacher in Vietnam. Together, we can discover and share the joy of learning!
Hẹn sớm gặp lại bạn!
Mission Commander and Fun Learning Trainer,
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