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Tuesday, 19 June 2018


The June issue of TIE is now available in full online. Read it here!

By Kimberly Fradale
I’ve found The Harkness Method, a collaborative form of class discussion, to be a pedagogical tool that improved my students’ performance, and I hope it can serve as a tool to help you. Here are some of the major challenges Harkness helps to address. ..more
By Mike Simpson
Resilience, along with perseverance, diligence, self-discipline, positivity, and a love for learning, is a success skill that we are working hard at our school to develop in all of our children. I believe that the development of all of these success skills are dependent upon a child’s sense of capacity—the belief that they are capable of achievement. ..more
By Robyn S. Harwood
How can I do the most good? How can little ol’ me make a genuine impact on the next generation? I believe that all educators are asking themselves these questions all the time. This is why we all got into education in the first place, to make an impact and make the world just a little bit better, one child at a time. The big question is: How? ..more
Pricey schools should be made more affordable so UAE parents can focus solely on quality when choosing schools, an Evolvence Knowledge Investments (EK ..more
After deciding to set up 100 international schools across Maharashtra, the state has planned to form the Maharashtra International Education Board (MI ..more
A competitive global economy coupled with shift in geopolitical trends in the US and Europe have led international students to be in search for altern ..more
Teachers and principals at private schools in Abu Dhabi have spoken of their concern regarding a lack of information about a new licensing programme. ..more
I've noticed an interesting phenomenon in my work with schools. Most schools will state their aspirations to make ambitious improvements to learning ..more
Instead of spending our time, energy and intelligence on the slow, steady construction of a school learning culture shared by students, parents, lead ..more
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
By Sue Easton
Just about every day on my Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn feed, I find an article about the importance of Social and Emotional (SEL) teaching and learning in our K–12 schools. The research seems conclusive: SEL teaching and learning is not an add-on, but a vital component of a balanced K–12 curriculum to ensure student achievement and, ultimately, the development of healthy, successful citizens. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Thirty years ago, the vision was simple and compelling: create practical training opportunities for practicing and aspiring principals in international schools. The PTC has stayed true to that vision over the course of three decades. ..more
By Janine Stegall
A servant leader is a servant first. She enriches the lives of other individuals. She builds better organizations. A servant leader creates a more caring environment. The PTC has offered a great opportunity to develop the servant leadership attributes that I strive to embody. ..more
By Martin Walsh
This year 100 percent of the students I counseled sent off early applications. This made for an incredibly busy fall and a stressful December. More students are applying in the early round than ever before. In December, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Penn, and Northwestern reported double-digit increases in applications. ..more
By Martin Walsh
“How long do admission officers spend evaluating the application essay?” a student asked me not too long ago. “No more than a few minutes,” I replied. “Three at the most.” The student was visibly shaken. And I get why. ..more
By Martin Walsh
With Donald Trump’s election a fait accompli it is time for counselors to grapple with the impact Trump’s administration could have on the college admission landscape. Like many educators, this is a conversation I never wanted to have. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge
Some PE teachers I have spoken with advocate making the grade for PE largely about participation. That way students who do not yet have the skill set to get high grades in PE won’t get discouraged, or so the thinking goes. But will that really make a difference? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Knowledge of vocabulary is highly correlated with academic success. Students with larger vocabularies demonstrate higher levels of reading comprehension and perform better on many of the kinds of achievement valued in schools. But vocab instruction often stops in late elementary school. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Katherine Muenks of Indiana University and David Miele of Boston College have published a research synthesis examining what we currently know about the ways in which students connect notions of effort and ability. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Education Week article, Michael Petrilli (Thomas B. Fordham Institute) says he’s concerned about “the lack of common sense and evidence-based consensus” in the ongoing school-discipline debate in Washington. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In an article in The Reading Teacher, Kayla Lewis says she was not thrilled when her district made her to go through Reading Recovery training as she transitioned to being a literacy coach. “I am not ashamed to admit that I was wrong,” says Lewis. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Edutopia article, Kim Marshall and Douglas Reeves say there was good reason for the pushback on using student test scores, value-added measures (VAM), and student learning objectives (SLOs) as part of teacher evaluation. Design flaws have contributed to the widespread consensus that the U.S. needs a different approach to teacher accountability. ..more
As the first operational Net Zero Energy city in Dubai, The Sustainable City is designed to become an international showcase for sustainable living, work, education, and recreation.
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
Esol Education’s Fairgreen International School was designed with a changing landscape in mind, as climate change looms large. Situated in the heart of Dubai’s Sustainable City, the school embodies in its very structure the principles and practices it seeks to instill. ..more
By Emma Harper
A small group of high school students at the American School of Milan (ASM) are gearing up for a special service trip to Puerto Rico. This is the third such trip organized by ASM math teacher Dovid Fein, who has been focused on providing students with volunteer opportunities abroad. ..more
By Terae Soumah and Rhonda Ike
Students in Rhonda Ike’s IB art class at the International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) had the chance to explore the impact of movement on their creativity through their teacher’s graduate work. ..more