Seed Newsletter-写于武汉解禁日给团队的一封信:世界上只有一种真正的英雄主义,那就是认清生活真相后依旧热爱生活

Seed Community

 

2020 Newsletter

 

亲爱的家长们和孩子们

我们的Newsletter会和你分享Seed内部的故事,

我们的生活,我们的喜悦,

我们的成长和变化……

这是我们共同的Seed社区,

也是我们之间情感的连接。

前言

4月8日武汉解禁日,

Seed全国运营总监Audrey给整个团队发了一份英文信。

今天我们分享给家长们和关心我们的朋友,

和大家一起分享我们一路走过的经历,

现在依然还没有渡过艰难的时期,

但是,我们相信彼此的支持,会使我们变得更强大。

 

 

      Our     

全员信英文原版

【中文翻译版在此之后】

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Dear all:

 

It’s been more than 2 months since we closed our schools. During this time, I’ve sent three letters and held two all staff meetings, it’s now time that I send a 4th letter. 

 

The last staff meeting, which was on the final day of February, we talked about Seed 2.0, and on the 7th of March, I had a live broadcast for parents to announce this initiative and Seed Extension. Since then we have done 39 online demos, and more than 100 students have attended. From these demos we have had 32 students pay for online classes: phonics, speak better, and parents English. By the end of this week there will be 8 new online classes running.  

 

When I held the first online phonics class orientation with students and parents, I told them that this feels so excited, students come from different cities, and we’re all connected by Seed. Meanwhile, almost all of our classes in all regions have started online teaching with new content, and classes from BJ and NJ have done their first online unit tests. Along with the online unit tests, we have moved HW for phonics and speak better to Little Goose. Seed 2.0 is taking off, just as we have said we would do from previous staff meetings; Top, Top 3.0, and Seed 1.0. Our move online is not a temporary solution, Seed has been transformed into a new organization and there is no looking back, only forward. The first thing we needed to do was upgrade our minds (and our internet). We also needed to be open to different tools and ideas, be more creative and capable. 

 

During all of these rapid changes everyone must understand that whatever we do, the educational goal will not change, the objectives will not change. We must always try to improve our teaching efficiency and effectiveness, unlock students’ potential, and try our best to help parents save money and time. Now, after one month we can say that Seed Extension can improve our efficiency and effectiveness in many areas. The most important is that we can see students are learning and making progress. 

 

As an organization we were so proud of ourselves three months ago at our conference, we felt we delivered great values to our students, parents and society. And then everything changed so quickly. When we realized we couldn’t open our schools, how many of you had the question: “what is our value to parents and students now?” Should our values have disappeared just because students can’t come to classes in our schools? If the answer is yes, this means we are not as good as we thought we were. This is a great chance for us to make our principles clear again, and to review what we truly believe, even when stress surrounds us. Our entire team must understand what we do and practice what we preach during this hard time. The world will always change, life will never stop shocking or surprising us. Our schools have a great spirit, ever since the beginning when no one thought we would survive, no one thought we can deeply motivate students, no one thought the way we do business would work. Our values are on all of our walls, we will always focus on ourselves, reflect and use all the opportunities to grow, never run away from our responsibilities, always respect people, be socially minded, try to understand how to have win-win situations, be disciplined and ethical, always be positive, be brave to face whatever hard situation there is, be inquiring, never stay satisfied in only one place. And, don’t forget that it’s important to have a fun attitude. There is a Chinese saying: 苦中作乐Enjoy the hardshipit means you need to use your imagination to find the fun even in a very bad reality.  

 

It has been a very difficult period for many of us, life is full of uncertainty, struggles and fear. In the training industry there have been many organizations that have already gone bankrupt, even the big ones. We can see bankruptcy happening every day. At the same time, there is no sign that students will go back to school soon, not to mention go back to their training schools. Are we a fragile organization, robust, or antifragile? I asked myself this question and I really want to say THANK YOU to the people who have shown themselves to be antifragile. You have used your strong spirit, attitude, and initiative to make things happen. There are many individuals who put the school, students and each other’s needs above everything else. Many of you tried your very best to get on board with new things, step out of your comfort zone, kept fighting and growing. I have heard so many stories about how our people tried to deal with so many difficulties, and used this chance to overcome weaknesses and fear, and you became stronger. I have also heard a lot about how this situation has made people think more about their own life’s purpose, reflect on themselves, and try to be wiser. I’m inspired by these stories, and feel so proud of our team. Although we can’t see each other, actually, I feel the team is much closer than before. 

 

So what happens now? We will eventually come back to school, but we don’t know when our students will return. This pandemic is still very unpredictable worldwide, but one thing we can be sure about is that it will significantly change the world. Huge changes in the worldwide economy, society and politics keep happening. We don’t know what all the world leaders will do, if they will work together and bring the world closer or divide it more than it already is. I’m sure we will hear more shocking news and more sad stories in the weeks and months to come, this usually happens because of the arrogance, ignorance, and/or stubbornness of leaders around the world acting out of fear. There’s an interview I watched last week that talked about how much the world needs good leaders right now. Look at all the leaders, how do they lead during this pandemic? You can see what they truly care about, some care about people, some care about politics, some care about the economy. Some try to connect the world; others are just dividing it. At this moment we can’t do much to change the world, but what we can do is continue what we try to do every day, help future leaders grow. Although it may not feel like it, we do have the power to influence the future in small ways. I hope as an educator you can take your responsibility, don’t be down yourself, be strong, use your power, even if you think you have very little influence. Remember the “butterfly effect”, remember the golden wings you have, you can make a small difference, it all starts with you, what will your actions be, how you will affect those around you. Be a positive and dependable force in these times of uncertainty. 

 

Chinese society has been shut down for over a month, Wuhan and Hubei have been closed for more than two months. Many people witnessed how inconvenient our life has been, but by today, when I look at the low number of cases in the cities where our schools are located, it shows our perseverance has paid off:  

We have all sacrificed so much and continue to endure hardships. It seems like ages ago when the outbreak first started. Masks seemed only important for older people, everyone still tried to gather during CNY, and people did not let it affect their lives. I was even one of the people who was refusing to wear masks. Eventually people started changing their behavior, this only happened when they felt their individual efforts did mean something. I still remember one of the very famous doctors said——"People who think the death rate is low don’t care, but it’s not about the number, it’s about lives, lives from every single family. Wearing masks and not going out is not for you the individual, it’s for other people” I’m glad I listened, I cared and did my part to help. Suddenly everyone was doing their part to help, our entire nation was working together and we all continue to work together and face hardships, even if they do not seem to make sense at the time, we keep fighting in solidarity.  

 

This fight has been a test for everyone. I recently heard a reporter from the BBC say something similar to this statement, “whatever happens, how you react defines who you are.” This is a chance for every one of us to think about our lives. You will see how the whole world reacts and how different people react to the situation and what drives them to react in this way. As a team, our mission is “Dedicated to Growth”, what should our actions be and what should we do at this moment? Our perspective is the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity we have to grow. I hope everyone can use this chance to challenge yourself to be mature, stronger and wiser. 

 

That’s easier said than done, the emotional toll has been high. We must first accept the truth and facts of the situation, then put our feelings of self-pity aside, and not be complacent about life as it currently is. We are a learning organization, now is the time to remember what we have learnt in past years, what books we have read, what wisdom we have gained. There is a saying from Romain Rolland I always liked since I was in high school: “There is only one heroism in the world: to see the world as it is and to love it.( 世界上只有一种真正的英雄主义,那就是认清生活真相后依旧热爱生活)” In this situation we should never stop being a better us, we should never change our principles, we should do whatever we believe is the right thing, no matter what other people will do, the mission, the values should never change. I am asking everyone to join me in believing that whatever happens, you will gain precious life experiences, you will gain wisdom and you will be a better you, we will be a better school. 

 

Audrey Chen

8th, April 

中文翻译版

亲爱的各位同事:

 

       疫情以来,Seed学校的大门已经关闭了将近三个月。在这期间,我们陆续给大家写了三封信、开了两场全员会议。现在,给大家带来的第四封信。

 

        在2月末开的全员会议上,我们谈到了Seed2.0;在37日的线上直播,我们和家长们正式宣布了系统的升级,宣布Seed2.0云课正式上市!自此之后,我们在三月份举办了39场新生试听课,共有超过100名新生参与体验,其中32名学生成功通过线上试听课付费---自然拼读、口语课、父母英语课堂,截止到这周末我们有8个新的线上专业课开班!

 

       记得我第一次给线上拼读新班进行“开班讲座”时,我和家长们说,真的很激动,因为孩子们都来自不同的城市,却因Seed在线上结缘在一起!同时,我们各地校区,都陆续开始了线上教学,开展新课,北京和南京校区已经完成了首个线上单元测试。而随着线上测试的完成,我们也完成了拼读作业和口语作业的在线布置。Seed2.0,就像我之前在全员大会上说的那样,正在一步步实现!从TopTop3.0,再到Seed1.0。我们线上体系的研发并不是一个暂时的解决办法,而是代表着Seed再一次系统升级,焕然一新。我们在教育这条路上没有退路,只能不断向前!当然,在不系统升级的同时,我们第一件事是要升级自己的思维模式(当然还有网络)。我们需要有开放的心态去尝试不同的工具,需要更有创造力,需要获得更多元的能力。

 

在一切变化得如此迅速的时期,我们必须要明确和理解的一点是:不论我们做什么,我们的教育理念和目标都不会改变——我们必须不断尝试提升教学效率和有效性,不断挖掘激发学生们的潜能,并且尽我们最大的努力节省家长的时间和金钱。现在,在经历了一个多月的实践,我们可以很自信的说,Seed云课确实已经在不同领域都提升了我们的效率和有效性。更重要的是,我们能够看到我们的学生在这过程中取得了长足的进步。

 

1月份的年会上,我们都很自豪的觉得,作为一个教育机构,我们能够带给家长、学生甚至这个社会很大价值。然而一切变化发生的如此之快,当学校不能够开门营业的时候,大家有多少人有过这样的疑问:“我们现在能对家长和孩子有什么价值呢?”我们的价值会因为学生们无法来学校上课而消失了吗?如果这个答案是肯定的,那我们其实没有自己想象的那么优秀。不能返校上课,学校无法运营,这其实提供给我们一个很好的机会去审视自我,让我们在如此大的压力下再一次拷问“初心”,再一次回顾我们相信的究竟是什么。在目前艰难的情况下,我们团队中的每一个人都应该问问自己是否理解Seed一直以来的理念,并且在这个时候能够付出实践。世界是“无常”的,生活将不断给我们“惊喜”或者给我们“惊吓”。但我希望大家能够记住,我们的团队有着强大的精神力量:当最开始没有人相信我们能存活下去;没人相信我们能做到深入激发学生的动机;没人相信我们以看似“理想主义”的运营方式能够成功……我们的“精神力量”和价值观在我们每个校区的墙上:专注于自身、反思,并抓住一切机会去成长;绝不逃避责任;尊重他人,要心态开放,总是去理解他人的处境,去实现共赢;战胜环境,不论多艰难的环境都要自律并遵守道德;要有积极的心态,要勇敢、保持好奇心、永远不甘于停留在“已经取得的成绩”上;并且永远都不要忘记保持一个享受人生的态度。就像我们常说的“苦中作乐”一样,即便生活可以很艰难,我们依然能“甘之如饴”。

 

这个时期对我们每个人来说都是非常艰难的,生活充满了不确定性、挣扎和恐惧的。在培训行业,已经陆续有很多机构倒闭了,其中甚至不乏大型机构。这种倒闭的现象几乎每天都在发生。但现在没有任何学生即将复课的迹象,更不要说回到培训学校上课了。在这样的情况下我们要问自己:我们到底是一个脆弱的机构,还是坚固的,甚至是反脆弱的机构?我真诚的感谢在这期间,我们团队中体现了“反脆弱”的团队成员。是你们用自己强韧的精神、态度和积极主动推动着我们学校持续前进。我们团队中很多人把学校、学生和团队的利益放在一切之上,并且尽力不断学习新事物,踏出自己的舒适区,不断抗争和成长。我听到了很多关于如何克服一切困难,利用这次机会来战胜自己的弱点和恐惧,从而变得更强大的故事。我也听说很多人因为这次特殊时期对人生有了更多的思考和反思,并试着让自己活得更加智慧……这些故事都让我很受激励,我也真心很为我们的团队骄傲!虽然我们无法见到彼此,但我能感觉得到我们的团队比以往更加紧密。

 

所以现在怎么办?我们应该逐渐可以返回学校工作,但我们不知道学生们什么时候能够恢复正常到校上课。疫情仍然非常严重,整个世界的走向都不可预测,但有一点我们可以肯定,世界将发生深刻的变化。这场“全球大流行”改变了世界的经济、社会和政治领域。我们不知道世界各国领导人能否共同努力,把各国的关系变得更紧密,还是更加分裂。我相信在接下来的几个星期甚至几个月里,我们会听到更多令人震惊的消息和悲伤的故事,有些领导者因为内心的恐惧、傲慢或者无知的行为,会造成严重的后果。上周我看到一个采访,关于世界现在真的非常需要优秀的领导者。我们可以看看世界级的领导者们,他们都如何在面对这场危机?我们能看到他们真正在乎的是什么,有的领导者在乎人民,有的领导者在乎政治,有的领导者在乎经济……有些领导者努力实现合作,而有的领导者却在割裂联系。在这种时刻,我们会感到无奈,我们对于改变世界现状无能为力。但我请大家记得,我们要做好我们每天都在做的事情——那就是帮助我们的学生,可能成为“未来的领导者们”的小种子们不断成长。尽管这听起来遥不可及,但我们的确在用自己微小的力量影响着世界的未来!所以我希望每一位教育者都承担起自己的责任,不要小看自己的力量,请强大起来,即便你的力量再微小,也请发挥你的影响力。请时刻记住“蝴蝶效应”,记得你拥有一对“金色的翅膀”,你也可以让事情产生不同,一切都源于你的行为,你对环境如何反应,一切都源于你。所以,请在这些充满不确定的时刻,成为积极的、可靠的力量!

 

中国整个社会被关闭一个多月,武汉和湖北已经关闭两个多月了。有人可能会抱怨,居家隔离给生活带来多少不方便。但是到了今天,当我们看看我们学校所在城市的数据,数据会说话——
                

   我们每个人的付出,带来了巨大的价值。回忆起这次疫情,当刚开始爆发的时候,当时口罩似乎只有对老年人才重要,人们都还想着新年的各种聚会,不想让疫情影响我们的生活。我甚至当时也是“懒得”戴口罩的人之一。但最终人们开始改变了自己的行为,因为大家意识到了自己个人的努力和改变其实意义重大。我仍然记得一位著名医生说:“很多人认为死亡率很低,不用太在乎。但这不只是数字而已,每一个数字背后都是一个生命,每个生命都来自一个家庭。戴口罩,尽量不要出门,这些事情并不是为了你,而是为了其他人。”我很高兴我听进去了,我在乎了,并做了我所应该做的。突然之间,每个人都在尽自己的一份力量来帮助他人,我们整个国家都在一起往一个方向努力,一起面对艰难困苦,即使在当时有些细节流程会显得过于繁琐和不便,但这些过程都是为了保证扎实的结果。

 

 

 这场“全球大流行”是每个人的“考试”,我最近在BBC上看到一个报道,它大概说道“不论发生了什么,你如何反应定义了你是谁。”的确,这是一个让我们每个人对生命重新思考的机会,你也将看到全世界是如何反应的,不同的人是如何反应的,以及他们为什么会有这样的反应。而作为一个团队,我们的使命是“致力于成长”,那我们又该在这个情境下作何反应?我们的态度就是,挑战越大,我们成长的机会就越大。我希望每个人都能够利用这次机会去挑战自己,让自己更加成熟、强大、智慧。

 

我承认,凡事说起来容易做起来难,因为我们要克服自己各种复杂而强烈的情绪,我们必须要先接受事实和真相,放弃自怨自艾。但也不能就简简单单不去思考的“熬过去”。我们是一个学习型组织,现在是记起我们过去这几年都学会了什么,读过哪些书,获得了哪些智慧,并且去用这些智慧来指导我们。我记得在高中的时候,罗曼·罗兰有句话我一直很喜欢:“世界上只有一种真正的英雄主义,那就是认清生活真相后依旧热爱生活。”在这样的状况下,我们永远都不要停止做更好的自己,我们也永远不应该改变我们的原则,不论周围其他人做了什么,我们都应该坚持去做对的事情,我们的使命和价值观永远都不应该改变。因此,我希望邀请每个人和我一起相信:所有发生的一切都是生命的体验,你都会从中获得智慧,你会变得更好,我们也会成为一个更好的学校。

 

Audrey Chen

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