Reflection on New Hire Online Orientation

1. What was your biggest ah-ha moment during this online orientation experience?

Firstly, I am very impressed with this online orientation course. I can not even begin to imagine how much work behind the scenes went into creating this orientation course for New Hires. While I was going through this course, I was imagining being introduced to all this information and all these different platforms over a few days if we were face-to-face together in Beijing, and I honestly thing, it has been a much more valuable experience having done it online at our own pace. I would even go to say, that in future years to come, it might be beneficial to continue introducing new hires to this information this way, so they can take their time over the summer to familiarize themselves with all the platforms.

I thoroughly appreciated the easy-to-follow, scaffolded instructions provided to us New Hires to help us become familiar with the different platforms. Even though growing up, I went to school with a 1-1 laptop program, the platforms ISB use are very different to what I have used in the past, so I appreciate the patience taken when introducing us to these platforms πŸ™‚

One of my biggest Ah-ha moments would have to be Seesaw’s community activities feature. Having used Seesaw over the past two years, I realise now, we were only skimming the surface of what Seesaw has to offer.


2. How might this online orientation experience impact teaching & learning in your classroom?

I feel that after this online orientation experience, I have the tools and knowledge I need to use these platforms and have a strong start to my first year at ISB. I was able to visualise exactly where and how I would use the different platforms I have been introduced to, in my PE classes at ISB.


3. What are you most excited about for your upcoming ISB/China adventure?

I am excited to get to know my department better, to get to meet new people at ISB, form new connections and friendships, learn more about the PE curriculum at ISB, spread the Dragon Spirit, and motivate ISB students to keep spreading the Dragon Spirit.

I am excited to finally get to Beijing (I was meant to visit Beijing for a school trip in Grade 5 – that got cancelled due to SARS; I was meant to visit Beijing and visit the ISB campus in March, that got cancelled because of COVID; New Hires were meant to be in Beijing by August 1 – we all know what happened there!!) So I am extremely excited to finally one day actually make it to Beijing and explore everything Beijing and China has to offer. Living in Hong Kong, I have been to China a few times for cricket tournaments, but I have not properly visited China, and I can not wait to learn more about the culture and the history.


4. How might your experiences & beliefs align with ISB’s?

One of the reasons I was so attracted to applying for a job at ISB is because I felt a huge connection in my beliefs and values and those of ISB’s. I appreciate how committed ISB is to making sure everyone in their community feels safe, cared for and supported.


Finally, thank you so much to everyone who has put in so much time and effort into creating this online orientation course for us, New Hires. It has been extremely beneficial, and I feel extremely prepared to hit the ground running as soon as school starts, virtually or face-to-face! I can’t wait to meet everyone in Beijing, hopefully sometime soon! πŸ™‚

1 Comment

  1. Ruth Poulsen

    Hi Ishi, thank you for your warm comments and enthusiasm! We are glad that you feel prepared to hit the ground running. Yes, we agree, we plan to continue using this online orientation for future years so as not to pack in too much information to one week of face to face orientation. Looking forward to working with you!

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