November 2018

Join ECIS Connect, download Early Years resources and find out more about the growing links between International Schools and Oxford – just three new items from our November edition.

 

Read aloud!

Read aloud!

Children retain more information and gain greater understanding when they hear someone read to them, argues Stephen Murgatroyd.

Internationally well

Internationally well

During the summer of 2018, the first international school wellbeing research project was completed, reports Anne Keeling.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology

John Landrum looks at a variety of ways in which new technology can provide a level playing field for all learners.

The power of music

The power of music

Jules Fitzgerald argues that a good musical education gives children real advantages in their cognitive and social development.

Proofreading power

Proofreading power

Proofreading is generally considered to be the last part of an editing process. Chris Jay thinks it can be much more. 

Teach by example

Teach by example

Leah Davies suggests three steps to help children learn effectively by following our example.

Broaden young horizons

Broaden young horizons

Dr. Ger Graus makes a powerful case for experience-based learning as the key to social mobility.

Applying to Oxford?

Applying to Oxford?

Dr Alex Pryce suggests a deeper awareness of a university’s admissions process could benefit your students.

ECIS Connect

ECIS Connect

Kevin Ruth invites schools and educators around the world to join the ECIS Connect platform.

The Google alternative

The Google alternative

Bill Hess thinks there are good reasons for schools to consider alternatives to the market leader.

We're not afraid of the dark!

We're not afraid of the dark!

Lots of ideas and activities to dispel those fears, in two free PDFs collated by Jan Homden.

Listening to soldiers

Listening to soldiers

Peter Hudson looks at the work of Dr. William Rivers at Craiglockhart hospital during the First World War.

October 2018

With updates and ideas from teachers around the world, and an inspiring story from Iraq.
Learning from a war

Learning from a war

Dr. Huda Halawachy, never thought she would be able to tell the story of how her university came back to life after the dreadful occupation of Mosul.

History made relevant

History made relevant

Helen Bilton and Richard Harris witness the motivating effect of a class visit to a Tudor country home.

Values and philosophy

Values and philosophy

Stephen Walshe looks at how P4C (Philosophy for Children) can help uncover children's "submerged" values.

World Smile Day

World Smile Day

Organise a day of fun on October 5 – there are lots of ideas collated by Jan Homden in this free to download PDF.

Personal solutions

Personal solutions

According to Tim Belfield, using coaching to support positive behaviour policies can transform a school's culture.

Screen Time

Screen Time

Jenny Silverstone discusses appropriate screen time for young children: just how much is "enough"?

Brit Stats 2018, Part 1

Brit Stats 2018, Part 1

A summary of the key stats about the 2018 A Level results from UK based exam expert Tony Stephens.

Brit Stats 2018, Part 2

Brit Stats 2018, Part 2

In Part 2 of his headline analysis of UK exam results, Tony Stephens turns his attention to Key Stage 4 (GCSE).

Tall tales for small people

Tall tales for small people

Three new picture books published this year by Julia Donaldson reviewed by Jan Homden.

Scottish pioneers

Scottish pioneers

Andrew Hunter reflects on the value of UK style boarding schools and the establishment of a new school in Shenzhen.

Educator's survival guide

Educator's survival guide

Leah Davies offers 10 tips for a happy and healthy life in teaching.

Change agents

Change agents

Andy Homden looks at how recruiting agents can help find your next job and what you should expect of them.

September in ITM

With the Mooncake Festival approaching in September, click below for all our latest articles
Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap

Nathan Still explains Technology Integration and examines cross-curricular tracking of progress.

Engaging dads

Engaging dads

Leah Davis describes ways to involve fathers in their children's education.

Cooking shows

Cooking shows

David Gregory asks, "What happens when you replace adults with children?"

Teaching equality

Teaching equality

How can you achieve an authentic blend of co-teaching in a bilingual school, asks Stephen Walshe.

British school sharing

British school sharing

Two new ways in which the global British international community can share ideas, opportunities and best practice.

Student travel tips

Student travel tips

Annabelle Fee offers 6 tips to students for fulfilling, safe and affordable travel in a gap year.

UK Tax refunds & National Insurance

UK Tax refunds & National Insurance

Peter McCartney shows how to apply for UK tax refunds and make National Insurance payments when overseas.

International growth

International growth

The continued growth of international education has brought new opportunities for teachers, investors and schools writes Richard Gaskell.

Winning formula

Winning formula

Vanita Uppal puts digital technology, independent learning and community values at the heart of her school's award-winning approach.

Lions and lambs

Lions and lambs

New school leaders should be more like a lamb than a lion, suggests Ciaron McMahon. Find out why this approach works.

Early Years bears

Early Years bears

Early Years Resources from Jan Homden. Fun packed ideas and activities to dip into and get the school year off to a great start!

Global talent pool

Global talent pool

Andrew Wigford suggests an answer to the shortage of British trained teachers: a global pool of talent.

Ireland- School resources, International Teachers Magazine

July and August in ITM

Click the images below for any of our July and August  articles!
Reason to trust

Reason to trust

Mark Starbuck looks at cultivating and sustaining trust in a school, and why this is so important.

Out there

Out there

A new project at the University of Manitoba looks at the LGBTQ experience of teaching internationally,

A sense of self

A sense of self

How does a child develop a sense of "self" and how does this affect self-esteem? Leah Davies looks at the implications.

You got the music

You got the music

Diego Cardini looks at the benefits of learning a musical instrument - according to the research.

Consilium Education

Consilium Education

Supporting schools and learning around the world - training, planning and critical friendship.

3 picture books

3 picture books

Two old favourites and a new picture book  - all suitable for 4 – 8 year olds. Reviewed by Jan Homden.

Soft future?

Soft future?

Mike Izzard looks at future proofing education in a new learning paradigm based on "soft" skills.

Learning on the move

Learning on the move

Holiday homework ideas for younger EAL students from Anita Bamberger - it's all about motivation.

It's in the text

It's in the text

Chris Jay has found that the Field - Tenor - Mode approach to textual analysis has greatly improved student writing.

Innovative PD

Innovative PD

Ideas for great PD on a budget, from Lural Ramirez, Director of Centro Educativo, Futuro Verde.

Summer Apps!

Summer Apps!

Joan Weir thinks that guiding screen use during the holidays is better than banning it and shares some of her favourite apps.

Different for girls?

Different for girls?

Mathematics is still a male-dominated area. Nicola Pearson asks why and suggests how we might all bring about change.

Bastei Bridge- Early learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers Magazine

June 2018

Crossing the divide

How resistant are subject areas to interdisciplinary initiatives?  Cross-curricular projects require imagination and energy to organise effectively, especially in a secondary school. This month we feature two innovative interdisciplinary units of inquiry that offer models for others to use.

Also in this edition
Can Early Years children learn to converse philosophically? Stephen Walshe thinks so,
Interdisciplinary innovation

Interdisciplinary innovation

This collaborative project between DP Film and Literature students has wide potential.

Cirque des Robots

Cirque des Robots

A G4 interdisciplinary unit of inquiry becomes a coding adventure, resulting in a live performance.

Early philosophy?

Early philosophy?

Stephen Walshe thinks that  philosophical discussion in the early years is a reasonable proposition.

All important tweet

All important tweet

What classroom issues are raised by the presidential Tweetment of climate change?

Cheating by Nature

Cheating by Nature

Head of Science Chris Baker reviews a classic natural history study "Cuckoo" by Prof. Nick Davies.

Diverse values

Diverse values

Leah Davies explores how administrators and staff can help students value diversity.

Recognising excellence

Recognising excellence

Leading British international schools and educators are recognized at a gala evening in London.

Travel outside the box

Travel outside the box

Michel Leroux looks at transformational travel (or "TT") and opens up a world of possibilities.

Novels for young adults

Novels for young adults

Kate Shepherd reviews three novels with stories that will engage and challenge a reader.

Space in Early Years

Space in Early Years

Inspire your children to be astronomers or astronauts – Jan Homden has ideas to fire the imagination.

Knowing Your Limits

Knowing Your Limits

David Gregory reassesses his limits in the mountains when facing a daunting ski-run.

Too young to lead?

Too young to lead?

Neil Bunting asks “How old do you think leaders need to be?”

 

 

 

Spring / Autumn 2018

Taking wing

With the Equinox approaching and nature visibly on the move, it’s time to reflect about what a well-balanced curriculum really means.  Chris Baker’s article about Rewilding at the British School in Bucharest suggests that observing the natural world should be an essential ingredient. Meanwhile Tim Hill and Frank Thomson put technology centre stage as new ideas continue to take wing in the latest edition of ITM.
A Rewilding Zone

A Rewilding Zone

What is it - and how to create one in school. Chris Baker reports from Bucharest.

Numbers game

Numbers game

Tim Hill hopes to develop financial understanding as a life skill with the help of a new app.

Spring in their steps

Spring in their steps

Jan Homden has assembled some spring resources to take you through to the end of term.

Best buddies

Best buddies

Leah Davies looks at the benefits of a good buddy program - and how to set one up.

Time to walk away

Time to walk away

If you understand your role you will know when to take the lead and when to let others take over.

Three novels

Three novels

Kate Shepherd reviews three novels this month, for three different age groups.

Growing demand

Growing demand

According to Anne Keeling, there is no sign of any slow down in the demand for international education.

Game to learn

Game to learn

Frank Thompson has found an on-line game, Kahoots! particularly effective in his EAL classes,

Go international

Go international

Easy links to some of the best international recruiting agencies around the world.

Recognising mastery

Recognising mastery

Clive Davies looks at the importance of “mastery” and what it means in terms of mathematical understanding.

Revealing conversations

Revealing conversations

What the strongest candidates say at leadership interviews.

Early learning

Early learning

What's new in the Early Years? Articles by teachers from around the world.

Fox- Early years Resources, Primary resources, International Teachers Magazine

New Year 2018

Happy New Year!

We take a fresh look at ideas for leadership and school improvement with Matt Harris, Kathryn A. T. Knox and Leah Davies. Meanwhile Susan Stewart makes a strong case for the development of home languages in international schools.

 

EdTech and leadership

EdTech and leadership

EdTech needs support from transformational leadership to light the flame of learning, argues Matt Harris.

Communicating improvement

Communicating improvement

It takes two to communicate - givers and receivers - says Leah Davies: listening is as important as talking.

Bringing language home

Bringing language home

Susan Stewart discusses how and why schools should face the challenge of promoting student home languages.

Connecting internationally

Connecting internationally

Matt Tighe's school in the UK has identified three ways to secure new international links.

Green Light Leadership

Green Light Leadership

Katherine A. T. Knox on how Green Light leadership keeps a school moving forward.

Fair play!

Fair play!

How to get the most out of a recruitment fair, by Delice Scotto.

What's write?

What's write?

How to write for the internet to raise your school's digital profile.

Step to Pre-school

Step to Pre-school

How Jessica Gosling opened a pre-school group in Ho Chi Minh City to meet a local need.

My sister Sandee

My sister Sandee

T. J. Coburn shares a very personal story with his students to illustrate the long-term effects of bullying.

Picture perfect

Picture perfect

This month Kate Shepherd reviews three very different picture books for 2018 - all featuring animals.

Comfort Zons

Comfort Zons

Elly Tobin takes a trip down memory lane in the Rhineland when visiting the little town of Zons.

Reads for 2018

Reads for 2018

Books selected by members of the ITM team to catch up with in 2018.

Wishes for 2018!

Wishes for 2018!

What are the people at Consilium Education and International Teacher Magazine wishing for in 2018?

Previously  in ITM

Previously in ITM

Articles from our November 2017 edition!

Consilium Education

Consilium Education

Find out more about the exciting new international education group who publish ITM!

November in ITM

November in International Teacher Magazine

With the recruiting season already under way, Matt Harris advises on building an EdTech portfolio, Andy Homden asks how you can  get the most out of your recruitment agent, while Andrew Kingham reflects on becoming a teacher after his career in engineering.
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October in ITM

October in International Teacher Magazine

Coding and construction for the Early Years, the new Masters programs from Endicott, learning to unlearn, and big questions from Oxford – just some of the articles in this month’s edition of ITM.

 

Growing by degree

Growing by degree

Sue Collins reflects on how Endicott's international M.Ed. programs have changed lives.

Time to build!

Time to build!

Think like an engineer in the Early Years (and sing and rhyme and have fun!) With 2 free PDFs.

Rewarding times?

Rewarding times?

The big debate: Leah Davies discusses how we acknowledge and motivate student work.

Early Years coding

Early Years coding

If experienced in the right way, coding is relevant to learning in the Early Years says Filippo Jacob.

Oxploring online

Oxploring online

Dr. Richard Lofthouse reports on a new digital outreach initiative from Oxford University, the "home of big questions".

All in the past

All in the past

Three historical books to engage young adult readers - reviewed this month by Kate Shepherd.

India international

India international

Demand for international education in India is growing rapidly, according to ISC Research, writes Anne Keeling.

Yes, you can!

Yes, you can!

Stephanie Martin looks to dispel some of the common myths about disability and higher education.

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

Danny Ritterman reports on the state of the union in Australian education.

Unlearn!

Unlearn!

Alastair McGregor discusses the benefits of the latest 21st century skill - 'unlearning'.

Helpership

Helpership

A student’s simple suggestion led to David Gregory questioning the essence of true leadership.

Stand out writing

Stand out writing

Andy Homden has ten ideas to help you engage an online audience as you raise your digital profile.

September in ITM

September in International Teacher Magazine

This month ITM examines the issue of cultural identity in schools, featuring articles by Uma Shankar Singh, who looks at the key role of the library, and Carolyn Savage who makes a strong case for promoting learning in a child’s mother tongue language.
In other stories, David Gregory takes us caving in Oz, Prue Walsh shows how to make the most of tiny play spaces and John Ryan examines the flip side of music.
Starting School!

Starting School!

Jan Homden has 10 things to think about to prepare children for their first day at school.

Digital danger

Digital danger

Can the digital revolution pose a threat to a school's cultural diversity, asks Uma Shankar Singh?

Mother tongue learning

Mother tongue learning

Carolyn Savage thinks regular use of a mother tongue language has huge benefits for learning.

Small playgrounds

Small playgrounds

Prue Walsh explains how to make the absolute best of the space you have for effective play.

Analytical thinking

Analytical thinking

Resources for teaching analytical thinking and writing in Years 12 & 13, with CPD update for October 2017.

Flip the music!

Flip the music!

John Ryan wants to personalise learning by using music as a flipped resource.

Breaking free

Breaking free

Teacher Adam Black describes how a unique therapy changed his life and cured his stutter.

On the dark side

On the dark side

David Gregory finds out more about learning in the dark when he takes students caving.

Wise words

Wise words

'Our words have a profound effect upon a child's attitude' says Leah Davies. 'Use them wisely'.

House, truck, jungle

House, truck, jungle

Kate Shepherd reviews three stunning art picture books from Pakistan and India.

Bears in the Early Years

Bears in the Early Years

Early Years Resources from Jan Homden. Fun packed ideas and activities to dip into!

Image of learning

Image of learning

Tucky Fussell believes images can have a real impact on learning across the curriculum.

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