What does global mindedness mean to you?

Global Collaboration Day is a chance for schools around the world to learn, share and collaborate on activities. At YK Pao School, we have entered our interactive event to help everyone develop a sense of global mindedness. Check out the information below to learn how to participate. 

Global mindedness is a huge buzzword in education nowadays. Each school has their interpretation of what it means. Our event hopes to share what everyone around the world thinks global mindedness means to them.

We are using Padlet to collect everyone’s thoughts as it is a convenient way to collaborate and sort the data. When the event finishes, we will look for the most popular answers and post them in bold at the top of the Padlet for everyone who participated to see.

There are 4 simple steps to engage in the activity:
1. Click on the URL link to access the Padlet (http://tinyurl.com/yasklgoo)
2. Add your name and the country you are working in to the title of your comment (and school if you wish)
3. Write what global mindedness means to you
4. Check back later to see what others have added to the Padlet

Click here for 2017 participating schools and organizations from around the world!

Reflections 2016-2017

“The more reflective you are the more effective you are.” (Hall and Simeral)  At Pao School, we have parents that come alongside their children to embrace learning. This is a reflection written by a parent about volunteering with character development at school.



Survive & Thrive Written by Teresa Koh

The past month has been a hectic one for me. Kindness Campaign, Character sessions for different year groups, Character Summit on top of my freelance work……… to the extent that my close friends asked me “ Hey, both your kids are already in YK Pao, why are you committing so much time as a parent volunteer?” I simply smiled and had no answers for them.

At our school’s Character Summit in November 2016, we met and talked to some teachers from other schools in China, one common question that was posed to us was how our school managed to get parental involvement, especially in Character Education! They have encountered difficulties in their own schools with parents’ reluctance to be involved because they have no time or simply can’t do it. They were amazed how parents here in YK Pao are so dedicated and committed!

Rewinding back to almost two years ago when we first started, our first leadership meeting was held over one of our team mates home dining table, we didn’t even book a conference room in school!  The few of us were clueless on how to start, how to gather people, how to create something of interest and how to pull things together. We pulled in more clueless people (dads and grandma included), jumped in and launched it based on gut feel and did whatever we could to grab kids’ attention, such as dressing up with capes, using magic wand and any props that might grab attention. What we lacked, we reviewed, evaluated and made up for it at our next session. And for several sessions, we SURVIVED!

Word of mouth promotion helped us to gather a larger troop of parents. We are so amazed at so many talented people, who are not only dedicated, but also given us their relentless support, their endless ideas, their incredible energy and their mindfulness of kids being our target audience!

We were brave enough to run an entire school session on Compassion in which kids expressed their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our school’s staff at all levels. The Character mom, who produced the touching video featuring all these unsung heroes behind the school scene, was teary even when she recalled the production of the video. Many hearts were touched from this school-wide event.

We know we are all on the right path when compliments from teachers, school management and even parents start to pour in after a year into our volunteers program. We certainly feel the need to THRIVE, as ideas are getting old and dry. Then out came an idea for a School Kindness Campaign! Apart from the attractive gimmicks such as Kindness Cookies, Kindness Badges, we started to grow a Kindness Tree, involved teachers as Kindness Ambassadors and the school was in hype! Some parents even asked how on earth we could muster so many varied yet interesting ideas and my reply was “It’s from the parents! Parents who want to thrive with their children!”

It’s true! As written in Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, parents hope to SURVIVE and get through the daily struggles with their children. It is also parents’ wish to see their children THRIVE in their learning, school and endeavors!

反思 2016-2017

“你越多进行反思,你就越有效率。”(Hall and Simeral)



作者:Teresa Koh


在2016年11月包校举办的品格教育峰会上,我们遇到了一些来自中国其他学校的老师,讨论了一个共同的话题:包校是如何让家长参与到学校教育中的? 尤其是在品格教育方面!他们在自己的学校遇到了困难,父母不愿参与其中,因为他们没有时间,或根本做不到。他们很惊讶包校的父母竟然如此愿意投入时间和精力 !





这是真的!正如丹尼尔·j·西格尔(Daniel j . Siegel)和蒂娜·佩恩·布赖森(Tina Payne Bryson)的《全脑儿童》(Whole Brain Child)中所写的那样,父母们希望能在与孩子们的日常“斗争”中幸存,同时也希望看到他们的孩子在学习、校园生活和自我努力中茁壮成长!

Introducing Pao Power Kids

In March we were introduced to two new community members, Ying and Kong, our Pao Power Kids! This super sister and brother duo will be seen around the school catching students when they are shining and showing us excellent examples of Pao schools eight character strengths. They will happily remind us how we can do better if we need some encouragement. Lucky students who have been spotted by either Ying or Kong, will have their photo taken with them and displayed around the school.


This semester, Zoe Nuland from Y4A and Felix Shen from Y5C have been selected to play the roles of Ying and Kong. Zoe and Felix have shown us great examples of our character strengths throughout their time at our school and are active members of the Eco Warriors.

这个学期,四年级A班的Zoe Nuland和五年级C班的Felix Shen被选为了小英和小孔的扮演者。ZoeFelix是环保小卫士的活跃成员,他们通过在校期间的表现给我们的品格特征树立了优秀的榜样。

We will choose two lucky students to play the roles of Ying and King each semester. We know everyone will be happy to see our mascots, when they are out looking for students exhibiting Pao character strengths!


Welcome to the YK Pao Character Education Blog


At YK Pao School, we work to create an environment where all members of the community are committed to constantly developing their character at home, at school, and in the broader community.


The goal of the Character Education program is to train students and staff to not only have knowledge but also to use their knowledge and skills to make our community and world a better place.


This blog will serve as a lens into Character Education at YK Pao schoolwhat we are thinking, feeling and doing.   We hope to also provide resources and highlight stories that might inspire and help others with growing character.