#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.
The Naiyobi Women’s Project
Born and raised in northern California, environmental educator Kim Laizer has recently been working on a new project with Massai women in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This article is the first of two highlighting her story and collaborative efforts to provide education, training, and development opportunities for Maasai women in Naiyobi, Tanzania.
Getting started with the right instrument
The benefits of playing an instrument go further than the enjoyment of music. Here Sally Phillips provides some useful guidance for helping parents and teachers choose the right guitar for their children: “a very good place to start.”
Java sea adventure!
Catherin Lorenzen was medical officer at the British School, Jakarta in the 1980s and 90s. In the second of three articles, she describes how her life opened up with a series of adventures in the Java Sea on board her family’s yacht, Rolling Home, which also became a teaching resource at school . . . .
The issue of children in our classes who are overweight may concern many of us, but taking the initiative can lead to even more problems. Leah Davies believes that rising rates of childhood obesity are a problem, which educators have a responsibility to address. Here she offers some practical advice.
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.
Tales of the sea, PART 1
What’s a young family to do? Travel of course! In the first of three articles, the intrepid Catherine Lorenzen tells how she got caught up in the whole business of international education as a nurse, married to a marine engineer, with three children in tow. Part 1 of her adventures takes us from revolutionary Iran to Yemen and on to Jakarta, where the family learn to sail.
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.
Three steps to wellbeing in school
Trinity All-Through School in London has been planning and implementing a three-step strategy to address the needs of student wellbeing. As Rob Thomas, the school’s Executive Head Teacher, argues, this work is a timely response to the mental health needs of young people.
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.
The key to collaborative planning and decision making
Listening, rather than talking, is the key to making an effective plan of action for a company or school, according to Peter Hudson. The trouble is, most people are not very good at it. Here Peter looks at five key ideas that will help the members of a team improve as listeners, and therefore as effective collaborative planners.
Flourishing schools and wellbeing
According to Moya O’Brien, a school really flourishes when it practises “positive psychology”. Here she explains the connection and examines an organic approach to the development of wellbeing in schools. Academic success follows.
For further ideas about “positive psychology” see the downloadable PDF at the end of the article.
Listening is invaluable in schools in all sorts of ways and at many levels of responsibility – teachers, school leaders, students themselves and parents. Here Peter Hudson explains why listening is vital for school leaders.
New standards and support for international schools
Child abuse is a difficult issue for any educator to confront and International School leaders face particular difficulties. Jane Larsson, Executive Director of the Council of International Schools (CIS) recently spoke to ITM about a new source of support for schools as they develop more robust safeguarding policies.
Research 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.
My top five
Listening is in fact invaluable in schools in all sorts of ways and at many levels of responsibility – for teachers, school leaders, students themselves and parents. This is the first of a series of articles from Peter Hudson focusing on listening in schools. We start with teachers.
Don’t forget us
A ‘successful’ or ‘engaging’ curriculum is one that provides genuine learning opportunities for all. Andrew Wooster, Deputy Head of Pukerua Bay School in New Zealand, reflects on his students and the residents of a local old people’s home learning together, and connects the initiative to the school’s culture of “yes”!
From Principal to Balinese ‘Basil Fawlty’!
David Knott retired from the role of Principal at Bangkok Patana School in 2012, after 12 happy years. Whilst he knew he would miss his colleagues, students and their parents, he was looking forward to the absence of the 05.00 alarm call or the frustrations that often accompanied the role. Was now the time to try something new? David takes up the story.
Making the big leap!
Having helped numerous families settle overseas including finding good schools for their children, Elaine Stallard knows the joys and pitfalls of relocating abroad is well qualified to offer advice on how best to ensure a successful outcome.
Old Principals die hard; newcomers have a blast
Forget the Olympics. This is where international teachers want to play. In 2016, five new golfers helped the XXIInd iteration of the Foreign Administrators and Retirees Tournament of Sports (the acronym is probably fairly obvious to you?) to a robust 20 golfer tournament, held at the Country Club of New Hampshire in July, reports Gail Schoppert.
And do what?
Like many, as committed and successful international school teachers, John Chapman and his partner Sue Beebe anticipated following career paths into senior management. A casual conversation with friends whilst holidaying in Bali changed everything.
Schools 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.
Hemingway described writing as having to “ sit down at a typewriter and bleed,” and for many pupils writing is perceived as a painful exercise. Dave Smith has stumbled into a role that finds him dispelling this perception and making writing ‘cool’ and accessible.
Is outsourcing the way forward for more schools?
Supporting 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.
CBT by Skype
Whilst an often exhilarating adventure, heading overseas to teach is not without its stressful moments and demands. Joanna Burbury provides guidance on how to cope with these to ensure one makes the most of the exciting opportunities offered by international teaching. One option for teachers working overseas needing support is through the use of Skype.
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
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
After successful careers in education and law, Natalie and Michel’s love of France, French culture and wine took them in a new direction, leading them to embark upon a exciting adventure they now share with others. Natalie explains how it all began and what has since developed.
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.’
Listening and “the truth”
Revelations have shaken our trust of journalists and broadcasters and led many to question whether they are committed to seeking the truth and fairness or are driven largely by a need to boost circulation and viewing figures. Peter Hudson explores the effectiveness of different journalistic and broadcasting approaches in establishing and reporting the facts.
From Challenge to opportunity “Wireless Headphones”
Two 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.