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Thursday, 2 July 2015
The American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST) in Tunisia held the first ever School Maker Faire authorized by Make magazine on 16 April (photo: Craig Campbell).

TOP STORIES
By Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher
Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher offers her take on racism in education, which in her experience is not only alive among students in the U.S. but among some international educators worldwide. "Are our international educators as internationally minded as our students?" ..more
By Tom Fearon
International School of Beijing’s youngest and most senior students teamed up to create The Great Animal Escape, a book written and illustrated by children in Pre-K, translated into Chinese by high school students, then staged as a play. ..more
By Chris Starr
At the International School of Luxembourg, first graders recently took on the challenge of disposing of rubbish without sending it to an incinerator during Zero Waste Week, promoting good recycling practices at school and home. ..more
By Kim Marshall
Founder of Khan Academy shares thoughts on the future of K-12 teaching and learning, "When a student gets a C on a mathematics test and the class moves on, that student has some missing pieces for the next step in the curriculum, and over a period of years, those holes accumulate." ..more
ISC RESEARCH NEWS
US high-end early education firm Kids 'R' Kids International Inc is expected to open two facilities in Beijing and Shanghai respectively this Septembe ..more
Despite pricey tuition fees, demand for western-style kindergartens is growing in China, as parents enjoy an increase in their personal incomes. Three ..more
The number of Australian second­ary schools offering an inter­nationally recognised diploma program for university entry has double­d in the past 15 y ..more
One of Hong Kong's most prestigious schools has been forced to axe a plan that would have made it compulsory for all Year 10 pupils to move to the mai ..more
THE COMMON GROUND COLLABORATIVE

If "Everybody Learns" then learning is the work.

When a scho ..more

Here’s a revelation that came to me after a few decades in internat ..more

“S/he was filled with a sense of nameless dread”.more

One of the most frustrating aspects of modern lif ..more

A few months ago at IS Brussels we set out with our terrifi ..more

We often speak of flipping the classroom, leveraging more ..more

THE PRINCIPALS' TRAINING CENTER
By John Mikton
There is, and it is called online learning. Start re-orienting your thinking around this, says PTC facilitator John Mikton, or prepare for a future as an evolutionary casualty. ..more
By Theresa Cullen Hill
Teacher Training Center course facilitator Theresa Cullen Hill explains why curriculum design is, or should be, an overarching preoccupation in international schools. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Homework, at its core, is a concept—the notion of continuing the learning begun at school beyond the formal school day. It is not a separate, stand-alone practice. ..more
COLLEGE COUNSELING WITH MARTIN WALSH
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
There is a misconception that specific internships will get students into their dream colleges, or that certain “unique” experiences will help to set them apart in the admissions process. But the question has to be asked: are these expensive programs really worth it in the long term? ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
The school profile is the document that accompanies, or is attached to, every transcript mailed off to a university during the application process. According to Eric Maloof of Trinity University, “More than domestic profiles, international school profiles must provide the reader with the layers needed to contextualize the student’s candidacy.” Martin Walsh couldn't agree more. ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Holistic evaluation is a system of review used by nearly all the university admission offices in the United States that employs a variety of factors when determining the admissibility of an applicant. Recently a new and controversial ingredient has been added to the already complicated “holistic formula:” Demonstrated Interest. ..more
GORDON ELDRIDGE: LESSONS IN LEARNING
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Supporting students in closing the gap between current performance and a goal state is at the heart of formative assessment. While the teacher’s role in this process might include suggesting strategies students can use to close that gap, research shows that this is not always effective. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge
The use of the internet as a learning tool has grown exponentially over the past decade or so, but the research on the benefits of internet use shows mixed results. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
"Expert knowledge is organized around important concepts." This is one of the differences between how experts and novices perform tasks within a given field. Understanding these differences can help us more effectively guide novices towards expertise. ..more
THE MARSHALL MEMO
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall reviews “The ‘New PE’ Aims to Build Bodies and Brains” by Laura Pappano, in which the author reports on new thinking about physical education, moving away from dodgeball and basketball to activities that promote fitness, fun, and fairness. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall reviews an article by Elizabeth Green, whose recent book challenges the myth that teaching is an innate talent. “Researchers have found that the most effective teachers can be extroverts—or they can just as easily be introverts. Some are humorous, but others are serious. Some are as flexible as rubber; others are as rigid as a ruler." ..more
By Kim Marshall
Founder of Khan Academy shares thoughts on the future of K-12 teaching and learning, "When a student gets a C on a mathematics test and the class moves on, that student has some missing pieces for the next step in the curriculum, and over a period of years, those holes accumulate." ..more
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL APPOINTMENTS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS
By Jay Gramolini
A math and science teacher, Ricky Arnold was selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA while teaching overseas. He recently visited Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogotá and shared his thrilling experiences as an astronaut with a captivated audience. ..more
By Adam Campbell
Part science fair, part county fair, ACST's School Maker Faire held in April was the first-ever of its kind authorized by Make magazine, with over 400 students participating in 25 different exhibits and hands-on activities. ..more
By Gwen Cario
The Awty International School Chess Team is the 2015 National High School Champion. Over three days in April, ten Awty students competed in seven matches each—some lasting up to four hours—at the national championship tournament. ..more