The importance of mother tongue language in education
A consequence of the ever-increasing popularity of international schools is the growth in the number of children learning in a language other than their first. This can open opportunities for the individual but, as Carolyn Savage explains, continuing to develop the mother tongue is vital to enhance learning.
Learning for a life worth leading
An increasing number of schools around the world – both national and international – are discovering the benefits of running Philosophy for Children (P4C) courses.
A new study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted by the Durham University School of Education now suggests such benefits might be non-cognitive as well as cognitive. ITM’s Andy Homden reports.
#ReadforEmpathy on June 13th!
A new UK based organisation, EmpathyLab, has been working in 11 pilot schools with children aged 4 – 11 and their teachers, exploring the idea of empathy. They will all be celebrating Empathy Day on June 13. EmpathyLab’s founder, Miranda McKearney talks to ITM’s Andy Homden.
TANZANIAN DIARY, PART 3
During September 2016, Matias Hynynen, an IT teacher from Helsinki working as a volunteer in Arusha kept a blog during a two week training visit to his school by 2016 Global Teacher of the Year Finalist, Maarit Rossi. Here Matias looks back at the visit and considers how things had changed.
Focus, interconnectedness and rock sculptures
Primary Art Teacher Natalie Catlett loves to feel the energy in her classrooms, but this energy has to be channeled positively. She has found that using elements of nature in class and manipulating rocks to form sculptures can have a calming effective.
Using Outdoor Ed techniques in the classroom
David Gregory is a specialist Outdoor Education instructor who has also worked in schools and as a teacher and form tutor. Here he suggests a powerful technique used on outdoor courses and trips could be applied in class to really good effect.
Cornish to Kiwi
Roz O’Shea had already taken the plunge to “go international” when she left the UK to teach in SE Asia. Moving on she found what she considers to be her true calling – teaching Health Education based on a completely different set of cultural ideas in New Zealand.
For children, by children.
A fanciful dream that became a phenomenon – Cat Lunjevich relates the story of how three students created and developed a highly respected museum, now recognised by Museums Aotearoa – New Zealand’s professional body for museums and museum workers!
Humans are competitive, writes Neil Jarrett. Learners are competitive. Appropriate challenges and healthy competition are motivational and gamification in the classroom is testament to this. Setting up an inter-school competition is the perfect way to introduce a fruitful level of competition and engage and inspire pupils.
K-12 maths starters on line
What is the smallest number to contain the letter ‘a’? Is a square a rectangle? What is the hardest multiplication fact to recall? John Tranter reveals the answers in a new maths resource available free on line for use in your lessons!
Philosophically speaking: P4C
Philosophy for Children – P4C – is attracting the attention of an increasing number of international schools around the world. One organisation supporting the programme is the British based charity, SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education). ITM recently spoke to SAPERE CEO, Bob House, about their latest international initiative.
“Personalised Learning is hard” – (Michael Feldstein, 2015)
Neil Jarrett writes that personalising the learning of every student in the primary classroom is not easy. Until recently, he had frequently tried to juggle too many activities and rushed around attempting to support too many students. However, he has found a way forward.
Whilst we all recognize the opportunities the Internet offers, keeping children safe online is a constant source of concern often exacerbated by the gap in online proficiency between child and parents/teacher.
Encouragingly, Jackie Harden reports that support is available and easily accessible. If you feel able to recommend other sources of support, we would love to hear from you.
Engaging with number
Teachers at two schools in West Lothian, Scotland have started to use Izak9, a new Maths resource for 9 – 13 years olds, while also applying Carol Dweck’s ideas about “Mindset” in their teaching. The initiative is part of an imaginative campaign to help children engage with number, and to change the way they approach a new challenge.
“Making them ALL smile and sweat; Why? What? How?”
April 13-16, 2016 and one hundred and twenty PE teachers assembled at Surrey Sport Park in Guildford, England to attend the annual ECIS PE conference. This conference has been at the heart of professional development for international Physical Education teachers for the past 28 years. It started in 1988 in Birmingham, England at the main ECIS three-day conference.
For many years, children and adults alike have enjoyed LEGO to create all manner of wonderful imaginings. This toy, that enthralls and captivates the hearts and minds of many, has been a staple in households for decades and its enjoyment and educational value is seemingly limitless, as Maggie Green explains
It was a grey, wet Saturday when we set off to the local cinema for a midday screening of ‘Song of the Sea’. In a small studio theatre that was almost half full with an audience of 26, ranging from toddler to middle aged and everything in-between, we sampled ‘cinema treats’ while waiting for the film to begin.
Class mascots set off from Obersee Bilingual School
It is common practice in Early Years Units for a class mascot to visit the students’ homes through an academic year. There are also many schools who take part in wonderful initiatives such as travelling teddies and “Flat Stanley” which connect schools locally and internationally. Kirstin Botter explains how two class mascots from her school in Switzerland are going more than one step further by travelling the world in 2015 – 2016.
To find yourself, think for yourself was one of the simple but profound beliefs which guided Socrates. In his view, the discussion of ideas rather than events or the mundane experiences of everyday life enabled man to reach the pinnacle of wisdom. The old boy would be pleased reading about the journey enjoyed by children at Tanglin Trust School and their teacher, Jen Cottam.
The experience of direct learning
Question: How do four year olds learn?
Answer: In any way they can!
Everything at that age is new. All learning experiences are direct – audible, tangible, visible. Children learn by tasting and smelling. The engagement with the immediate environment is direct, and learning is by total immersion. Andy Homden argues that this kind of Direct Learning should play a much bigger role as children progress through primary into secondary.
For a moment close your eyes, sit back, relax and remember. Spare a few moments to go back in time to the most stress free times of your childhood, times when you were at one with the world, when you were at your happiest.