Student

 

Know your students

Differentiation and assessment for learning, a personal view

Last year Paul Jackson was approached by a neighbour whose Grade 7 (UK year 8) daughter, was struggling in Maths and wanted him to tutor her. This is not something he usually does, but as a neighbour, he reluctantly agreed. Some serious thinking followed.

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Navigating emotions

Emotions matter

hqdefaultResearch has shown that, far from separating two separate systems of rational thinking and emotion, the human brain uses both together. Emotions give us information and emotions drive the decisions we make. If we don’t pay attention to both cognitive and emotional sources of information, we are compromising our decision-making ability, writes Sarah Whyte.

 

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A New Approach to Student Leadership – British School Muscat and COBIS

Student leadership

headboyheadgirl15-16Schools rightly put students into positions of responsibility. The role of student voice, student leadership and student impact have become a common and much-valued feature of many educational institutions, both in the UK and internationally.

However, the effectiveness of student leadership varies widely, both between and within schools. Matt Hall, Deputy Head of Secondary at BSM reports.

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College counseling and university application in the digital age

Is outsourcing the way forward for more schools?

TimSupporting university application is an increasingly complex and demanding service that all schools are expected to provide. Is there any support on-line that might help? ITM talked to Tim Laas-Nesbitt, Lead Mentor at Cialfo, the Singapore based university application specialists to explore the area.

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Developing Empathy in the Early Years – Caring for Pets

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Part A:  Caring for Pets

Setting up your own veterinary clinic in the classroom with free resources to download. Ideas for the writing table and great stories, songs and rhymes to develop the themes of caring and empathy.

Click on the image to download Part A of your free PDF

 

That Pesky RatPart B:  That Pesky Rat

Based on Lauren Child’s wonderful picture book That Pesky Rat this PDF focuses on ideas to develop the children’s attitude and feelings through language and art & craft activities that complement the story.

Click on the image to download Part B of your free PDF

Consequential thinking

Consequences

Of my memories from high school physics, Isaac Newton’s Third Law stands out as easy to remember: ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction’. His statement applies to forces, but to my mind is easily adapted to suit social and emotional learning in terms of consequential thinking: ‘For every action, there is a consequence.’

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Innovation – Technology Supporting PHE (Physical and Health Education)

From Challenge to opportunity “Wireless Headphones”

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 12.32.15Two years ago I found myself in between “gym facilities”. The old gym was torn down and a new Sport and Community Centre was being built. All PHE classes continued in what we called “The Bubble”, a huge semi-permanent, inflatable tent located on the soccer pitches. There were no walls and often two classes were taught simultaneously. A single net divided the Bubble into different learning spaces. Instructing the students and keeping them focused was difficult; teaching using music was even more challenging for teachers and students alike.

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Emotional literacy

The importance of better understanding one’s own emotions, and thus those of others, is now widely recognised. Sarah Whyte reminds us how important this is for children’s well-being and describes the the crucial role of the teacher in developing “Emotional Literacy”. 

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Promoting good mental health

Reproduced by kind permission of the Times Newspapers

Michaels Article 2In the Autumn of 2015, Michael Roulston, Headmaster of the elite Dulwich Prep London, visited a similar private school in Cape Town a day after it had suffered a terrible tragedy. A young boy had taken his own life. He had been struggling socially and academically, but had told nobody. “It shocked me deeply,” Roulston said.

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Empathy: perspective for learning

Empathy: a handbook for revolution, published in the US as Empathy, why it matters and how to get it.

Roman Krznaric, Rider Books, 2014

The importance of empathy

EmpathyFor philosopher Roman Krznaric, western society has painted itself into something of a corner. The prevailing political and social orthodoxy of our time is rooted in competition, the needs of the individual and introspective obsessions. This means that 21st century western society is missing a trick or two because we tend to neglect the kind of collaborative skills and thinking that could transform our individual talents into something greater. He argues that effective collaboration depends on the ability to see things from another’s point of view: in other words, to empathise with others.

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