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NOVEMBER 2020

ONPOINT ISSSUE 2

Newsletter

Discipline in Education


ISSUE 2 CONTENT

ONPOINT

Meet Our Stars A celebration of our students' achievements

Campus Update Latest news on our campus and classes

Events Quick recap of our past events

News Highlights on what is coming to Point Avenue

New to Point Avenue Greetings from Point Avenue's new mentors

We Share Unique tips and resources

OUR ETHOS I will always give maximum effort. I will never quit. I will stand up for others. I will live my life with integrity. POINT AVENUE!


MEET

OUR STARS CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR HS DEBATE ALL-STARS STUDENTS ON A FRUITFUL SEASON OF COMPETITIVE DEBATING!

Gia Han (BIS, G10): Grand Finalist and Grand Finals Best Speaker of Shanghai International Debate Open (SIDO) Thao Trang (CNN, G11): Champion and 5th Best Novice Speaker of KIDA Open

We are proud to announce that all five HS AllStars students, Gia Han, Thao Trang, Phuong Thuy (TOS, G11), Thuy Chi (TOS, G11), and Thai An (TOS, G10), are qualified for the second round of auditions for the national Vietnamese debate team for WSDC 2021. As a result of the Debate All-Stars course, our students have advanced their critical thinking and analysis skills, and improved their reading, writing, listening, and speaking levels. It is our biggest reward that Point Avenue can help students achieve their goal and success through our courses.


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Congratulations, Khai Minh (Ben), on a successful IHBB competitive season! Ben has taken part in the IHBB online Qualifying round. 20 competitors took part in an International History Bee competition. Ben placed 2nd in the preliminary rounds and 3rd in the finals, cementing his qualification for the Asian Championship which will be held next year! Stay tuned for Ben's appearance on the IELTS Face-off show this December on VTV7, where he is going to talk more about his passion for history and his competition achievements!

Point Avenue is delighted to receive these encouraging words from Nam Anh's parents: "We enrolled Nam Anh in the mentorship and test prep programs at Point Avenue, and we are beyond satisfied. The core characteristics of Point Avenue is the "one-on-one coaching style". All of Nam Anh's teachers and mentors act as his friends to discuss, guide, motivate and share their experiences with him. We see clearly how they help identify the students' strengths and weaknesses, and develop a clear strategy for improvement. We think that having good mentors is very important for lifelong success, so it's a wonderful opportunity to have children start early, build good habits, and prepare well for the future."

Congratulations, Nam Anh, on achieving 2301/2400 SSAT & 110/120 TOEFL!


CAMPUS UPDATE Point Avenue teachers are always amazed to see how far our students have grown during their study progress. Along their pathway to excellence, we try to mentor in a holistic manner, utilizing a highly personalized approach to provide every student with a tailored educational roadmap.

Individualized Parent Teacher Conferences Over the past month, our teachers and course consultants met with 300 families to provide individualized feedback regarding students growth, and areas of opportunity. Our team appreciated the chance to meet with the hard-working parents who are providing heir children with such great learning opportunities!

MS&HS Ink - Creative & Academic Writing Middle and High School writing students aim to turn in their final informative essay drafts by the end of the semester. Using the John Collins writing program, they identify focus correction areas and use Common Core Standards. It has been a long and hard process, but we are excited to see their growth from their first draft to final product.


POINT AVENUE ON IELTS FACE-OFF

TUNE INTO IELTS FACE-OFF’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

At Point Avenue, we believe that discipline is a choice to do the right thing and to invest in greater long term rewards. This is one of the most important pillars on which all programs at Point Avenue emphasize.

As alumni of the United States Military Academy at West Point–an institution known for having produced many leaders– both Danny & Tommy shared lessons learned and advice for success.

Featured on IELTS Face-Off, Danny Hwang, Founder & CEO of Point Avenue has delivered Point Avenue's philosophy of educating students.

Teppi, one of our top students, was also featured on IELTS Face-off, where he talked about his close-knit relationship with his dad, his passion for running, sports, martial arts, especially how he conquered a 15KM marathon at the age of 6!

In another episode, Tommy Nguyen, our COO, discussed Time Management, a very popular topic and an usual hurdle that many students encounter when studying.

Stay tuned for the return of Danny and Tommy in the IELTS Face-off show this December on VTV7!


A LOOK AT OUR

EVENTS November parent and student community events


In November, Point Avenue opened our 3rd center in Bangkok, Thailand! We are excited to bring our Character First education and cutting edge technology to more countries in Southeast Asia. We would like to thank all of our families, partners, teachers, and staff members for accompanying us on this incredible journey.

We pledge to continue our mission to "empower tomorrow's leaders to transform the world through wisdom, integrity, and compassion". Visit our fanpage at Point Avenue Thailand for more information!

BANGKOK OFFICE


Workshop:

DEBATE FOR PARENTS: CREATING THE BEST TEAM

GUEST SPEAKER: HYEWON RHO HEAD OF DEBATE PROGRAMS Hyewon, the Head of Debate Programs, introduced the core essence of debate and how it can help their children grow into future leaders. Parents also got to experience a mini exercise on argumentation, so they can better understand what participating in a debate class is like. Parents were very engaging throughout the workshop and told us that they thoroughly enjoyed their experience! We hope they were able to receive a better understanding of debate, which is an academic sport that fosters skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication!


POINT AVENUE AT VINSCHOOL


ONPOINT

LIFE-COACHING DEMO CLASS The purpose of Point Avenue's Life Coaching program is to develop good habits in order to make personal growth intentional. Good habits, such as goal setting, time management, and exercise are essential for long term health and social well-being of children and teens.


WINTER DAY

CAMP 2020

POINT AVENUE IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR WINTER DAY CAMP 2020! During our Winter Day Camp, our aim is to provide all of our students with an amazing life experience, focused on improving not just their academic acumen, but also their physical well-being, and readiness to tackle the problems and issues that kids and teenagers face in the real world today.

WINTER DAY CAMP PROGRAM We will be offering 4 different camp programs for students from 6-18 years old: Creativity Day Camp Middle School Leaders Camp Debate Intensive Camp Test Prep Intensive Camp

For more information about our programs as well as promotions, please visit: https://www.pointavenue.com/en/winter-camp/

Sign up for our Winter Camp today!

Dec 20-24 Dec 27-31 AT Point Avenue Cau Giay Point Avenue Long Bien


What is 'Critical Thinking,' anyway? Point Avenue Test Prep Mentors What exactly is meant when 'critical thinking' is invoked as the root cause of or remedy for a student's academic achievement or failure? In preparation for Point Avenue's upcoming Winter Intensive & Spring Term, our test prep instructors thought it essential to revisit our understanding of this fundamental skill and its relationship to academic preparedness. This winter session, as part of a holistic, inquirybased teaching methodology, our team will be reinforcing uncompromising academic focus with that of rational exploration. Our destination? The induction and cultivation of critical thinking. Our vehicle? Two workshops on how to accomplish this What exactly is meant when 'critical thinking' is invoked as the root cause of or remedy for a student's academic achievement or failure? An answer comes from an insightful sixthgrader at the Olympia School during a recent class discussion on a related topic. "Critical thinking means thinking deeper." He isn't wrong; essentially, that is what it is. However, a more precise definition is required if we are to examine the importance of thinking critically in correlation to mastering university placement tests such as the SAT and AP. MIn logic, the object of study is reasoning. Logical thinking is an activity that students engage in–when they make claims, back them up with reasons, or make inferences and draw conclusions about what follows from a set of statements. Like many activities, reasoning can be done well, or it can be done poorly. The goal of logic is to distinguish sound reasoning from flawed reasoning. Once a student has become proficient at this, they have laid the groundwork for a life of "deep thinking," i.e., critical thinking. Unquestionably, the value of such a process of thinking, especially in education, is evident. Still, how can critical thinking be induced across ELEM, MSHS, and particularly Test Prep programs? Apart from the consistent encouragement of diligence, productive study habits, and independent inquiry, critical thinking is a prerequisite to mastering standardized tests, whether that be language tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL, or concerning academic preparedness tests like the SSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP. The most logical question then is; how do teachers and parents cultivate critical thinking in students? How do we instill such an analytical reasoning discipline in students who are deficient and develop it in students who already possess it? First, we must provide students with the basics. A solid foundation in proper test understanding must be laid brick by brick or, more precisely, concept by concept by the instructor in tandem with the student. Second, we must continually promote an intellectual environment that encourages independent exploration and practice, creative inquiry, and rigorous repetition.


That leads us to critical thinking itself. Usually, logic and critical thinking skills are invoked in response to a need. And often, this need takes the form of a problem which can't be solved until we gather information. Sometimes the problem is a practical one. "How do I spend my PA bucks?" In an academic environment, however, these problems are, of course, more distinct. "What did Timothy Matlack actually mean when he wrote The Declaration of Independence?" How do we guide our students in answering such questions on a standardized test? By helping them ask the right questions in return. Perhaps more than problems do, good questions get the mind thinking. Questions express doubts, identify predicaments, call for solutions, and demand answers. Indeed we might not fully understand the nature of a given problem until we have asked a decent question about it. And here is where the symbiosis between teacher and students truly begins. To succeed and progress, students need to know their weaknesses and be unafraid to share that. Only then can we as teachers hone in on correcting gaps in students' reasoning process. How do we do this? We mentor our students in establishing good habits and, more importantly, avoiding detrimental habits such as intellectual laziness, saving face, peer pressure, etc. Instead, we encourage curiosity, courage, patience, and precision. What do we mean by an intellectual environment? Where does thinking happen? That may sound like a silly question. Thinking, obviously, happens in our minds. But students do more than just think. They also share those thoughts.

See you this December!

Opinions do not remain confined within our heads: we also express ourselves in our words and behavior. The ideas described and traded around in these ways and in these places, especially the more prevalent ideas, constitute the intellectual environment that we exist in. At Point Avenue, the environment our mentors strive to nurture and advocate for our students is paramount since it will impact how they view the world around them and fundamentally themselves. That leads us to another question; what exactly is a worldview? How are we guiding our students in building a dynamic, bold, and resilient one? A worldview is the sum of related answers to the most critical questions in life. Thus our worldview is intimately tied to our sense of who we are, how we want to live, and how we see our place in the world. Actively reinforcing our opinion of ourselves is essential since that sense of self will dictate how we respond to obstacles, whether academic or not. This winter, our instructors will focus on such techniques of rational inference and analytical judgment. These include the study of informal logic, traditional patterns of reasoning, and some distinctive analytical methods of inquiry to help students understand how to approach standardized tests. This course will provide students with the competencies that are requisite to success at university and life-long learning.


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