This was the very first major meeting after the merger of Greater Taichung City, and most representatives from a total of eighty public junior high schools got together in the conference room of YuYing Junior High School. Teachers were handed out a new schedule for this semester, and questions raised by them were properly discussed and promptly answered at today’s gathering. The principal first opened this meeting by welcoming all the English teachers, especially those who really had to come far away from a great distance, and then immediately began the agenda.
Gloria, our head conductor, proposed her very organized list of key points regarding the representatives’ duty of delegating responsibilities to their colleges with ppt slides projected overhead. She introduced a little bit of the Group, including all the members and some basic job descriptions. During her presentation, she particularly pled with the teachers for the completion of several questionnaires that can help a lot integrate crucial data and information and reach a consensus among policy makers. Then, she also gave specific details of every activity that is going to take place this semester, such as the English Singing Competition, English Composition Contest and the workshop for next year’s Reader Theater Competition. She also encouraged the teachers to contact her if there’s anything about the city’s English education, and she’s very willing to help.
In the Q&A section, some teachers dished out some suggestions, and others brought about some questions mainly regarding last semester’s competitions held by the Group. For example, one teacher asked if each of the students who attended and aced the RT could be awarded an official certificate, and many teachers seconded that idea. Then, a teacher said that there seemed to be an obvious inconsistency among the judges of this year’s RT. The principal said he was considering not to invite any foreign judges next year because they seemed to share a very different perspective with us.
Last but not least, four experienced teachers were invited to share their valuable insights to be a successful chairman of the English region, and you can see their ppt files here. Though they come from different schools, they all mentioned one thing in common, which is that being that chairman requires wisdom to reconcile disparate points of view between two sides, teachers’ and administrators’, and he or she usually has to do much more when nobody’s willing to accept the extra burden, such as coaching and training students to compete in contests or handing in lesson plans to the Group.