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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

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Learning By Doing
There is no better way to learn about the interconnectedness of our world than by experiencing it. We want our students to stay curious—curious about what they like, what they want to make and do, and why they want to do it. At Mont’Kiara International School (M’KIS), our social studies curriculum capitalizes on this curiosity through project-based learning (PBL) units. Teachers encourage hands-on learning where students study meaningful content, have voice and choice in their learning, and apply their 21st-century skills as they gain knowledge and an understanding of difficult concepts. These projects happen to come in many forms throughout our school. In Grade 2, our first PBL project is in the Goods and Services Unit. Read on...

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By TIE Staff
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THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
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By Sue Easton
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COLLEGE COUNSELING WITH MARTIN WALSH
By Martin Walsh
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
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THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
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By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
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