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Saturday, 21 January 2017


Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) students are tackling some rough terrain during their hike at Lantau Peak in Hong Kong.

By Alan November
“If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” Alan November offers seven questions that should increasingly be asked of candidates, some of which point to how the Internet will force the redefinition of a teacher’s added value. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
The number of students with no English or low English language proficiency levels applying for entry to international schools has grown. With the demanding curricular expectations of international schools, many wonder if students should be required to have a certain English-language proficiency level in order to attend these schools. ..more
By Jason Lane, University at Albany SUNY
As a scholar of global education policy, Jason Lane is looking to understand how college costs in the U.S. compare to those of the rest of the world. Nowhere is college truly free, he insists. The critical difference is whether the bulk of the costs are born by the student or by the government. ..more
Dubai: Intense competition for teachers has made it "critical" for schools today to implement a "proactive" recruitment strategy, Sir Michael Wilshaw, ..more
Although officially broke the news last month that Kings’ School Al Barsha’s new sixth-form would be opening from September 201 ..more
A British private school set to open in Hong Kong in September has made the enrolment process easier by lowering the financial threshold, and announce ..more
School owner and operator Gems Education is planning to expand in India and South East Asia as it builds more low-cost schools with quicker building t ..more
Growing up a working class youngster in the agricultural East of England, the height of my annual ambition was to secure a Summer job at one of the lo ..more
We've all heard the expression, whenever we sense our community may not be quite with us on a particular educational direction. I must admit my reacti ..more
Following the recent Leadership Conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), where we focused on the power of principles i ..more
My wife, Marta, and I have recently had an extended stay at the Lemon Tree Hotel in Bangalore. On checking in, we realised that one of the young recep ..more
A few weeks back I was engaged in a leadership and planning session in a very exciting school in Bucharest. The school has high but achievable aspirat ..more
By John Mikton
Information is power. This year, the pollsters, news agencies, and pundits got caught out with two big votes, and so many predictions seemed off. Our landscape of information has entered a level of Orwellian curation, and what is news, fact, or reality seems dictated by emotion and perspectives constructed from our own curated news feeds. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Would kids learn better and retain more for longer periods if their learning came by way of an interdisciplinary approach? Are schools just stuck in a subject-based teaching model because that’s how we’ve always done things, or is this truly the better paradigm? ..more
By John Mikton
"When I get home, I’ll ask Siri for the right answer," says a Kindergartner to her partner. "She always knows." A routine response in our classrooms? Or an important moment to understand that artificial intelligence (AI) has embedded itself in our day-to-day lives? ..more
By Martin Walsh
Over the last five years, web-based classes—especially massive open online courses (MOOCs)—have begun to change the way students interact with the education process. It is clear that MOOCs are having an impact on higher education and are evolving to meet the needs of students and institutions. But how do they factor into the college application process? ..more
By Martin Walsh
Every winter students and parents approach me with the same questions: “What is the most effective use of my summer?” “Which programs do the colleges favor?” “How do I choose a summer program?” ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE Columnist
As a counselor and former Assistant Dean, I am frequently asked for formulas to make application-writing faster, better, and less painful. I am not certain I have a formula, but I do have an approach that seems to get results. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the process of argumentation can lead to deeper understanding. It is not necessarily the case, however, that all students are ready to engage in this kind of argumentation. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Researchers such as Wiley and Voss have found that having students write arguments can be a very effective learning strategy. Sampson and Clark, however, found that over and above the benefits accruing to students who write arguments, students who also engage in collaborative argumentation display further learning benefits. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
There is a large body of research indicating that if we can help our students achieve such connected understanding, they are both more likely to retain information and more likely to be able to transfer their understanding to new contexts. Concept mapping can help. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“Students aren’t the only ones who need more time to learn,” says Eileen Merritt of Arizona State University in this Kappan article summarized by Kim Marshall; “teachers also need more and better time for learning and planning.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall summarizes the findings of a Review of Educational Research article in which the authors review a century of research on grading practices. Grades convey important information, they are multidimensional, they have a subjective element... ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Brookings Evidence Speaks paper, Grover “Russ” Whitehurst takes a critical look at the “soft skills” being embraced by many U.S. schools, where social-emotional learning is increasingly used as one measure of school success. ..more
By Jess Hench & Xianxuan Xu
There is increased interest in developing and researching non-cognitive skills in students, which include behaviors such as optimism, resilience, adaptability, and conscientiousness. But how should we measure such qualities and skills? Would such assessments be reliable? ..more
After our students wrote their IB exams, I started thinking about how much time they spent in the exam room and what the purpose of this experience might have been. Do we really need four hours and forty-five minutes to determine if a student is strong in Biology? Do we actually need five hours to find out if a student is good at History? ..more
The effectiveness of the technologies we bring into our classrooms derives principally from each teacher’s attitudes and capabilities
By Matt Harris
At this point in the evolution of educational technology this statement is a bit trite, but it still needs to be said: Teaching Over Technology. Impact doesn’t start with the choice of what technology to use, but instead derives from teacher’s attitudes and capabilities. ..more