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Thursday, 23 March 2017

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35 Minutes of Homeroom
By Paul Magnuson
"Two days weekly we have 35 mostly unstructured minutes with our small middle school. Depending on coursework and student and staff interest, activities are planned (or usually not) and carried out. The other day it left me with a really satisfying buzz..."

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By Paul Magnuson
Two days weekly we have 35 mostly unstructured minutes with our small middle school. Depending on coursework and student and staff interest, activities are planned (or usually not) and carried out. The other day it left me with a really satisfying buzz. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
Over half a million students from 72 countries took the two-hour Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test in 2015, which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Author of 27 books for children, Margriet Ruurs reviews some of her favorite recent titles aimed at young readers. ..more
ISC RESEARCH NEWS
Al Najah Education has announced details of its two-year expansion plan, outlining the purchase of two new schools and in the process doubling the gro ..more
Singapore International School of Bangkok (SISB) is building a new campus in Thonburi, Bangkok. The new campus, Singapore International School Thonbur ..more
Under the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al Hammadi, Minister of Education & Higher Education, the first Education Exchange (EDEX) Confe ..more
DUBAI // Tax-free salaries are no longer enough to attract and retain the best teachers, recruiters say as they urge headteachers to focus on providin ..more
THE COMMON GROUND COLLABORATIVE
OK, it's obvious. Schools are full of living people, so they are living organisms. Sure, superficially, but most of the time we don't treat them that ..more
Ask any parent, teacher, student, they'll all confirm one simple truth: all children are different. Despite that simple, undisputed truth we treat chi ..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
THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
By Bambi Betts
I have never known a learner who was damaged when a teacher attempted to help him arrive at real understanding. On the other hand, I have known many who have been truly handicapped by teachers who interpret teaching primarily as telling. ..more
By Sue Easton
Over the years, I have had a variety of mentors and coaches, just as I have played the role of mentor or coach, always informally, for many talented educators. These experiences have led me to value and be so excited about the role of instructional coach, which many international schools are now embracing. ..more
By Sue Easton
Different schools approach the teacher leader role in different ways. At the TTC, we have been trying to support these current models through our Teacher Leader Institutes. We believe that all teacher leaders need basic training in organizational structures, communication, change processes, and facilitation. ..more
COLLEGE COUNSELING WITH MARTIN WALSH
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
GORDON ELDRIDGE: LESSONS IN LEARNING
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
THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
"The motivation and ability to ‘read’ other people,” writes Hunter Gehlbach, “vividly imagining their unique psychological experience, provides the compass by which we navigate our social world." This is an aspect of social-emotional learning we should focus on, he insists. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Theory Into Practice, the authors say that for professional development to truly improve teaching and learning, five elements need to be in place: content focus, active learning, sustained duration, collective participation, and alignment. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“Surrounding students with messages that they have the ability to learn is at the core of closing the achievement gap,” says author/consultant Jon Saphier in this Kappan article, summarized by Kim Marshall. "Teachers must convey their belief to students through how they handle everyday events" ..more
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
By Alan November
As our schools and universities prepare students to make a contribution to the world, it is important to benchmark the emerging critical skills they will need to solve increasingly complex problems. One strategic skill has been absent from our teachings: global empathy. ..more
By Sophie Baillie
Research shows that graduates of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) believe that the course successfully prepares them for the world of work and for university. ..more
Board of Trustees approves continuity of innovative leadership
By Tony McLaughlin
The International School of Prague (ISP) announced that its long-serving Director, Dr. Arnie Bieber, has committed to continuing to lead the school through 2021. Founded in 1948, ISP is the oldest international school in the Czech Republic. ..more