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Window into Learning

Follow our Assistant Head of School for Teaching&Learning on her explorations into learning at Concordia.

Concordia International School Shanghai - Genevieve Ermeling

Genevieve Ermeling joins us from Orange Lutheran High School where she most recently served as Chief Academic Officer. She and her husband, Brad, began their careers as educational missionaries at Urawa Lutheran School in Japan. She taught grades 1-5 and 10-12, developing curriculum and helping to create study abroad programs for faculty and students. Genevieve also taught and designed curriculum at the high school level in the United States. She has held several positions as a facilitator of teacher reflection, design of assessments, inquiry-based science teaching, and the use of data to inform teaching in multiple subject areas for elementary and secondary, public and private schools. She earned her BA and MA from Concordia University, Irvine. Genevieve is passionate about helping others grow and enjoys being a part of a team striving towards a goal. She and her husband, Brad, are excited to be a part of Concordia community!

Current View

Beijing 2016: “Discovery by design.”

"Discovery by design" is how I describe the grade 7 class trip to Beijing. All it takes is one look at the photo of students on the Via Ferrata to know some students are way out of their comfort zones. They are living out the “Seek Challenge” message written on the trip shirts they are wearing.

“I can’t go any further.”

“Yes you can. You can do it."
“I’m scared. Like, really scared.”
“It’s okay. Just reach out and grab the next handle.”

It is easy to see the design of learning through “challenge” at the Via Ferrata; less obvious, but no less intentional, are the discovery and learning fostered…

...through conversations among new friends on the Great Wall; setting up a tent and camping under the stars (or under a deluge of rain); challenge accepted!

…through visiting a small village and staying at Mr. Ge’s guest house; picking chestnuts and encountering amazing spiders; making new friends and buying fresh honey while searching for village landmarks; challenge accepted!

…through spending time in the Hutongs making tea and traditional food; creating a pen or pencil sketch in the art enclave; joining in dancing and exercise routines with very fit elders; challenge accepted!

Learning about ourselves and daring to ask and answer tough questions enhances what we learn in content and skills. Both are equally important and foster vital growth.

  • “Can I be brave when it is needed?”
  • “Am I willing to try something new, knowing I won’t do it well, yet?”
  • “Can I care about my classmate enough to see beyond things that may annoy me?”
  • “Am I willing to be uncomfortable and learn to grow through that discomfort?”
  • “Can I show grace?”

Discovery by design–about the world around us, about our community, and about ourselves happens daily, and intentionally, in the Middle School at Concordia International School Shanghai.

Discovery by design–about the world around us, about our community, and about ourselves. A quote from one of our grade 7 small groups on the final night sums it up well.

“We learned that even though we are different, we can find things we have in common.”the venti tribe
Concordia International School Shanghai - Rock Climb
Conquering the mountain–and fear!
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