In a recent professional development morning with faculty, we watched a presentation given by Mr Lance King (www.taolearning.org) Mr King talked at length about developing students as self-regulated learners. His focus upon students as self-directed lifelong learners touched on many areas. One in particular struck a chord. In order for students to become confident in their abilities moving forward, it’s helpful to have strong role models that they can relate to. It’s great to hold up people like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa as role models but these exceptional people are, just that, exceptional. They are not particularly accessible to our students. Mr King talked about the valuable role alumni could have as role models for current students. Identifying alumni as role models and celebrating the successes of alumni could be valuable in helping current students understand options, develop confidence, and instill a sense of self-efficacy moving forward.
I was recently in London recruiting new teachers. While in London I had the
pleasure of attending the first international LCS alumni reunion, organized by Khushboo Moolchandani (class of 2005) and Stan Osei-Bonsu (Class of 2005) Here is a list of some of the impressive young alumni who attended.
- Fritz Riha – class of 2005, spent a couple of years at Lincoln, currently works at Barclays as a Digital Designer in their Customer Experience team)Guendalina Gianfranchi- class of 2005, left LCS in grade 6, currently studying in the UK for her masters.
- Nathalie Wilson- class of 2005, left LCS in grade 6 as well, studied and works in the UK as an Online Marketer
- Gun Ming Chung- class of 2007, he is a lawyer Continue reading