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Monday, 24 July 2017


Nelson College for Boys, celebrating Purple Cake Day. Read more here.

By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
Launched in 2011 by the Kenbe La Foundation, Purple Cake Day is a “global day of action” that celebrates children, encourages them to learn about the challenges facing many of their peers around the world, and inspires them to come up with fun ways to raise funds that can improve the lives of those with limited or no access to quality education. ..more
By John Benson
I somehow slept through it all, waking at about 6:30 a.m. to get ready for school only to find my wife mopping out the bedroom. She’d been at it for about three hours. I put my foot down into a pool of water. We’d been flooded out. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs, author of 27 books for children, reviews some new favorites: Watch Me Grow, and Up We Grow, by Deborah Hodge; Water’s Children, by Angèle Delaunois; Safari, by Robert Bateman; and The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tolan. ..more
Five officials of a company operating international schools in the country have been detained in Insein central prison in Yangon while being investiga ..more
Private American boarding school Shattuck-St Mary’s, located within the Forest City development, will open its doors to students starting August next ..more
Amid reports of rising student dropouts and its schools closing down, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to offer international ..more
GEMS Education has recently launched the UniConnect Programme, a series of strategic partnerships designed to provide scholarships and financial aid t ..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
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
By Sue Easton
Department heads, grade-level leaders, instructional coaches, curriculum leaders, and others come to our Teacher Leader institutes asking: How do I run an effective meeting? How do I deal with teachers who don’t want to change? How do I support teachers in developing curriculum, assessment, instruction, etc. when I am not totally sure myself? ..more
By Bambi Betts
As with all professionals, teachers and principals must continue to grow and learn. PTC and TTC, sister organizations of TIE, provide an array of professional development services to international schools, including workshops and other consulting services requested by individual schools. What are the top five professional growth areas requested by schools? We have tracked this over a decade; here is what we found for the past two years: ..more
By Bambi Betts
How is it possible that we still debate whether or not student learning results should be included as pivotal data in determining the effectiveness of a teacher? How is it possible that a profession would even remotely consider the idea that its bottom line (learning) would not factor in when examining the most essential ingredient (teachers) of its success? ..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 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 Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
A previous article I reviewed here suggested that inventing a solution prepares students well for subsequent direct instruction. But was the positive learning effect due to the process of inventing the solution? Or was it simply that inventing the solution caused students to compare the cases more thoroughly and thus enabled them to notice the deeper structure of the concept? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Numerous studies across multiple domains have shown that the addition of graphics to a text can significantly improve comprehension and retention of information. One theory behind this improvement in learning is known as the Multimedia Principle. ..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 Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“New leaders are often surprised and disappointed by the realities of administrative life,” says Allison Vaillancourt. “Missteps are easy to make, and you can be assured everyone will be taking notes when you stumble. Here are some things to keep in mind. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Education Gadfly article, the authors affirm that student engagement is a key factor in reducing the number of students who fail and drop out. What keeps students engaged? Engaging teachers, engaging subject matter, some specific instructional strategies, students’ intrinsic motivation to learn, peers, and extracurricular activities and sports. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Educational Researcher, the authors draw on their “eye-opening” video analysis of 8th-grade mathematics classes in the U.S. and other high-achieving countries, including Japan. They found markedly better instructional practices in several other countries, and noticed that Japan had a built-in system for improving teaching “gradually and steadily over time.” ..more
By Ellenor Whitfield
On 14 March 2017, students at Atlanta International School (AIS) celebrated #MyFreedomDay, a day-long student-driven event to raise awareness about modern slavery. This is the story of how a few students at an international school started a movement that reverberated throughout the world. ..more
By Andrew Torris
The Fine Arts Booster (FAB) Club at Universal American School in Dubai has annually taken on a major art project for the school community. This year their efforts have focused on building community through “yarnstorming,” with a project named “Bridges of Color.” ..more
By Dr. Jim Gerhard with contributor Angela Choe
Seoul International School boasts a high school venture spearheaded by globally mindful students: the DMZ club, whose activities include visiting and cataloging levels of biodiversity in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. ..more