October 2022

Fresh ideas for successful recruitment and retention, more on the sustainabilty agenda with a new conference in Lisbon and breakthrough styles of assessment.

 

70-20-10

70-20-10

Michael Iannini on a mentoring program for aspiring leaders that has exceeded all expectations.

A teacher's power

A teacher's power

For Conrad Hughes, teachers who show they believe in their students can tranform lives in more ways thatn one.

Assessing writing

Assessing writing

Does 'comparative judgement' provide a reliable and quick way to mark written work? Daisy Christodoulou thinks so.

Sustainability agenda

Sustainability agenda

Richard Tangye, João Paulo Feijoo and Pedro Neves invite you to Lisbon to develop a sustainability agenda.

New era?

New era?

Formal assessment at 16+ really is starting to change. Dr. Sarah Watson wonders how much further this can go.

Recruiting pack

Recruiting pack

New thinking for an old problem - Andy Homden and Simon Harris look at ideas for new staff recruitment packs.

Recruitment crisis

Recruitment crisis

With a teaching shortage looming Down Under, Tim Waley looks at the importance of PD for recruitment.

Successful onboarding

Successful onboarding

Cindy Adair looks at what makes a great induction programme for international staff as they arrive in BKK.

Travelling Think Tank  

Travelling Think Tank  

Think Tank leaves its birthplace as Holly Warren introduces its art-based values and concepts with other schools.

Researching student voice

Researching student voice

Tash Hingston would like student opinions for the latest ISC Research survey.

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Consilium Education

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September 2022

Sustainability in the curriculum

If you haven’t put sustainability at the heart of your curriculum, now is the time to get going. In September’s edition we have three ways to kick start your sustainability journey.

Earth prize 2023

Earth prize 2023

Angela McCarthy tells the story of the $200,000 Earth Prize for schools and how your school can get involved.

Sustainability gap

Sustainability gap

Governments should be rushing to get sustainability into the core curriculum. Apparently they're not, but help is here.

Tiger tracking

Tiger tracking

Charlotte Bouchier reports on the 2022 edition of 'The Wild Wisdom Global Challenge' for schools. Register now!

The data jigsaw

The data jigsaw

According to Matthew Savage, current forms of assessment do not get us anywhere near a full picture of a child.

Staff retention

Staff retention

Retaining staff has never been more important. Having a planned approach is therefore vital, says Dr. Brooke Moran.

The ITM Podcast

The ITM Podcast

Episode 3 - teaching and learning at Sevenoaks School, 2022. It's different here - as Mark Beverley explains.

Metaverses today

Metaverses today

For Uma Shankar Singh metaverse platforms need critical feedback, not instant adoption.

Still growing

Still growing

Despite the uncertainty of 2020 - 22, the demand for international education is still growing, as Sam Fraser reports.

Listening for empathy

Listening for empathy

If teaching depends on good relationships, these depend on empathy and listening skills according to Dr. Paul Parham.

Attention spans

Attention spans

Al Kingsley examines the digital pressures that affect student attention spans, suggesting ways to adapt accordingly.

Cultural expression

Cultural expression

David Cole looks at how an art project has kept the BIS Ukraine community together during Ukraine's diaspora.

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July & August 2022

July and August 2022

The continuing challenge of recruitment, lessons from the new Beatles documentary for school leaders, the importance  of develping our working memory and working on Nauru.

Recruitment challenge

Recruitment challenge

New surveys from COBIS and ISC Research confirm recruiting for international schools in 2022 did not get any easier.

JOBLINK 2022

JOBLINK 2022

Find the most recent international teaching jobs advertised by schools and international teaching agencies

Can’t I just look it up?

Can’t I just look it up?

IB teacher and Head of Physics at Sevenoaks School, James Tate looks at tablets, short-term memory and problem solving.

Outstanding Schools

Outstanding Schools

We are excited to be partnering with the Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference on the 5 – 6 October in Dubai!

Regrouping

Regrouping

Fab 4 fan Michael Iannini looks at lessons for leaders after binge watching the new Beatles documentary "Get back!"

Kherson to Kyiv

Kherson to Kyiv

High school graduate, Maryna Kiliachenkova tells how her family left their home town of Kherson in southern Ukraine.

Why study History?

Why study History?

IB teacher, Drew Thomas laments the narrowness of history courses offered by most international schools.

Nauru

Nauru

International teaching is a great passport to travel.. Susan Bennet reflects on the island that is currently her home.

How learning works

How learning works

Now we understand learning better, Professor Douglas Fisher argues we can improve the impact of our teaching.

Experience or habit ?

Experience or habit ?

Holly Warren explores the roles of experience and habit as they shape our thinking, character, work and teaching.

Built to last

Built to last

Durability is vital when procuring new equipment if schools are to meet carbon targets, argues Frank Campbell.

Unifying principles

Unifying principles

Tania Lattanzio and Dr Jennifer Chang Wathall look for unifying concepts we can all use to inform our teaching,

 

June 2022

June 2022

An epic trip from Ukraine, learning to listen in language lessons, listen to two school leaders talk about their jobs and the coming sustainability revolution.

Learning to listen

Learning to listen

Dr Fabienne Cheung wants to challenge approaches to teaching listening skills in Modern Languages.

Leaving Ukraine

Leaving Ukraine

Anna Azarova is the PR manager at BIS Ukraine. Here is her account of an epic trip from Ukraine with her friend's son.

Successful startups

Successful startups

Deborah Eyre argues a clear teaching and learning framwork should be in place from day 1 of a new international school.

ITM Podcast 2

ITM Podcast 2

When Katie Tomlinson and Stephen Priest talk about their jobs, you realise that leadership is all about people.

Hybrid future

Hybrid future

The COBIS conference took place in London as a hybrid event in May. Andy Homden attended two interesting days.

Sustainable revolution

Sustainable revolution

Kit Connell looks at how schools can reduce their carbon footprint in a revolutionary but realistic move to 'net-zero.'

Learning together

Learning together

'We built our school in the grounds of a care home.' Principal Jade Amalou reports from Reunion Island.

Growing movement

Growing movement

Pete Milne is leading a movement for schools that creates climate awareness while taking direct action.

Golf anyone?

Golf anyone?

Tony Child has news of the return of a much loved summer golf and networking event in the UK this July.

From TA to teacher

From TA to teacher

Katy Gandon talks to Andy Homden about a new international pathway for TA's into the teaching profession.

Group share

Group share

School groups have existed for some time. Ashley Kirk of ISC Research reveals they are now growing in size and number.

Go transdisciplinary!

Go transdisciplinary!

Coordinating support for children with disabilities is not easy. Anita Soni reports about a new initiative in Malawi.

May 2022

May 2022

The new ITM podcast, high-level risk management in uncertain times, The Times Education Commission on education in the UK, how to calm down with yoga and reflect on . . . reflection.

New ITM Podcast

New ITM Podcast

Max Simpson and Conrad Hughes discuss inclusive 'Pathways to the Future' for all teenagers.

In harm's way

In harm's way

Keeping people safe in high-risk situations is what Phil Jones does. What can schools learn from his approach?

State of the nation

State of the nation

The Times Education Commission reports soon on the state of education in the UK. Rachel Sylvester reports.

Calming influence

Calming influence

Eva Coddington presents the case for the active practice of Yoga in schools as time very well spent. Just breathe!

Reflection

Reflection

We are often urged to ‘reflect’. Holly B. F. Warren takes a visual approach to explore what it means. Go with it!

School climate

School climate

Katrina Daniels-Samasa suggests that if a school does not actively cultivate its climate, it will drift and problems arise.

Digital divide

Digital divide

Global digital poverty will only get worse unless more children have access to the internet according to Al Kingsley.

Schools and risks

Schools and risks

Do you suffer from risk assessment anxiety? According to David Gregory, you are not alone! Help is at hand!

'Most magnificent'

'Most magnificent'

Teacher-librarian Kim Klein explains how her school blends self-directed learning with UDL to support students.

London calling

London calling

Approaches to live online teaching are becoming more sophisticated and ambitious. David Boddy reports.

We've got their backs

We've got their backs

Lorna Conroy describes how her school has developed a 2-track approach to monitor secondary student wellbeing.

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April 2022

April 2022

The war in Ukraine overshadows everything. Stephen Priest’s article describes staff evacuations from Dnipro and Kyiv and how the Black Sea Schools group are supporting each other.   

Also in this edition: recruitment, retention, inclusion, sustainability and Edruptors!
Shadow of war

Shadow of war

Stephen Priest looks at heroism in Ukraine and how schools in the Black Sea Group have supported each other.

Coping strategies

Coping strategies

Milena Tišma describes how a school in Zagreb helped children cope after two earthquakes during lockdown.

Authentic inclusion

Authentic inclusion

According to April Remfrey, international schools need guidance and clear standards in order to be more inclusive.

Assessment in PE

Assessment in PE

Assessment in PE has come a long way. Could it go further without detracting from the suibject? Yes says Mat Heaume.

The 'to don't' list

The 'to don't' list

Kevin Bartlett, argues we don’t need to ‘educate’ our parents. We do, however, need to co-create Learning Communities.

Teaching sustainability

Teaching sustainability

The University of Reading has developed a free online course for teaching sustainability, Dr. Helen Bilton reports.

Cognitive overload!

Cognitive overload!

For Elen Harris understanding Cognitive Load Theory can enhance learning, especially when introducing new ideas.

New opportunities

New opportunities

According to Adrienne Waller there are good reasons why BIPOC educators should consider working overseas.

Come and join us!

Come and join us!

It has become vital to retain great staff. Simon Dunford looks at building a school’s reputation as an employer.

Edruptors!

Edruptors!

Who are the biggest influencers in education? Ashley Kirk looks at the world of ‘edruptors’ and what they have to say.

Team healthcheck

Team healthcheck

Whether everyone is flying or flagging, more gets done if you look at how you work together, says Michael Iannini.

Going well?

Going well?

A survey by Tes shows international schools address wellbeing needs, but more can be done says Jon Romer-Lee.

AI & Assessment

AI & Assessment

Sometimes we think an innovation can be really good for international schools. Here's the pitch from Atom Learning.

JOBLINK 2022

JOBLINK 2022

ITM's convenient one page link to recruiters, agencies and school associations posting new jobs.

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March 2022

Leading in an era of change, being ‘I.M’, gender disparity at the top, using the Harkness Method in the classroom and ‘do – don’t talk!’ – an active approach to wellbeing. 

 

Action, not words

Action, not words

For Nicholas Chaddock just talking about wellbeing in the classroom achieves little. Doing rather than talking is the key.

Room at the top?

Room at the top?

Katie Tomlinson argues that seven steps should be taken now to address the gender disparity in school leadership.

Being I.M.

Being I.M.

Are schools only paying lip-service to international mindedness?  Nalini Cook talks with Chris Allen & Anson Wong.

Challenge & response

Challenge & response

Critical incidents cause distress. Responding in the wrong way makes things worse. Ian Gross looks at the issues.

Compassionate leadership

Compassionate leadership

Dame Alison Peacock, considers the future of the profession during the post-Covid recovery.

Democratic discussion

Democratic discussion

Isla Phillips describes how she uses the Harkness Method of discussion for student-lead interaction in Years 7 to 10.

Mental wanderlust

Mental wanderlust

We refer to the idea of curiosity routinely. What is it? Holly Warren’s prose poem provokes us to think more deeply.

Coordinating inclusion

Coordinating inclusion

Anita Soni reports on research at a district level in Malawi designed to support children with disabilities.

Future imperative

Future imperative

Is the future of learning in safe hands? Not unless we follow three imperatives, according to Sir John Jones.

One family at a time

One family at a time

The winning entry of the 2021 FOBISIA R4G Journalism competition from The British School in Tokyo.

The leadership pivot

The leadership pivot

Ever had that moment when your words lack meaning? Diana Osagie makes the case for 'the leadership pivot'.

Ways forward

Ways forward

According to Lord Jim Knight, dealing with Covid came at a cost, but ways to improve teacher wellbeing are also here.

February 2022

How the international job market is moving increasingly in favour of teachers, checklisting a new package and calls for international schools to take the lead in global educational change

Seller's market

Seller's market

International teachers are in big demand for 2022. For Diane Jacoutot, schools face a very tough year recruiting.

What's in a package?

What's in a package?

Before your sign a contract, make sure you know what's included - timeless advice from Andrew Wigford.

A world that sees us

A world that sees us

A prestigious UK award for a new centre in Bangkok prompts Andy Homden to reflect on international SEND.

Learner passport

Learner passport

Concerned that conventional assessment is not fit for purpose, Conrad Hughes suggests a different approach.

Future of education

Future of education

How will education change in 2022? Sally Alexander looks at seven trends that are already emerging.

Reimaging education

Reimaging education

For Abigail Reed, a new report from UNESCO is a clarion call for international schools to lead educational change.

Find the time

Find the time

Mark Beverley discusses the importance of finding the time to reflect on and discuss teaching practice.

Rosenshine and sport

Rosenshine and sport

Rich Molloy looks for a middle path for coaching sport and finds it in Rosenshine's ten principles of pedagogy.

Online safety

Online safety

Students are under threat online. Al Kingsley has some starting points for an approach to digital safeguarding.

Digital storytelling

Digital storytelling

Serdar Ferit and Harriet Marshall look at how digital storytelling can build empathy and widen student horizons.

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JOBLINK 2022

JOBLINK 2022

ITM's convenient one page link to recruiters, agencies and school associations posting new jobs.

December 2021

Recruiting trends, specialised sports academies, post-colonial outreach in Ghana, low-cost live streaming from classrooms in Dhaka and assisting mass vaccinations in KL.

Recruitment trends

Recruitment trends

A new report shows shifts in international school teacher recruitment and CPD. Anne Keeling has more.

Sports Academies

Sports Academies

Nick Mooney looks at the benefits that Specialised Sports Academies are bringing to international schools.

EduSpots!

EduSpots!

A network of community projects in Ghana meets both global and local learning needs as Cat Davison reports.

Classroom broadcast

Classroom broadcast

How low cost live streaming from the classroom helped students still at home at one school in Dhaka.

The myth of falling

The myth of falling

Does failure really toughen you up? Not without a process of healing, argues social psychologist Dr. Helen Street. 

JOBLINK

JOBLINK

ITM's convenient JOBLINK page of  leading international school associations and agencies advertising the latest positions.

Rapid response

Rapid response

Chika Kumashiro-Wilms tells how a simple question led to the mass-vaccination of refugees in Malaysia at ISKL.

Internet of things

Internet of things

What is the 'Internet of Things' and how can it be used in schools? Uma Shankar Singh looks at some of the issues.

Changing the world

Changing the world

If you want to find out how to change the world for the better, Margaret Rooke suggests listening to young people.

The cookie jar

The cookie jar

Huma Shah wonders if we are doing enough to protect online privacy, despite recent strides in safeguarding.

Circle and chairs

Circle and chairs

Early Years creativity has been central to a project recognised at a major Milan design event, as Holly Warren reports.

Social Gaps

Social Gaps

Simon Dunford looks at the gaps in social learning that need to be closed on the return to on-campus learning.

October 2021

Wildly wise, video and assessment, drama and blended learning, learn to love gaming and the OECD’s new survey of Social and Emotional skills.

Wildly wise

Wildly wise

Charlotte Bouchier has news of a WWF-linked competition for students exploring key issues in the lead up to COP26.

Beyond the academic

Beyond the academic

Andreas Schleicher looks at the outcomes of the OECD 2018-20 global Survey of Social and Emotional Skills.

Community success

Community success

Educational interventions gaining the confidence of indigenous communities do work, as Susan Bennett reports.

5 sticky changes

5 sticky changes

Asked to research what would be the 'sticky' changes in education after Covid, Anna Harrison found 5 big answers.

Dramatic response

Dramatic response

Holly Sullivan on how drama teachers in Asia found ways to collaborate online, setting up links that will now endure.

A defence of poetry

A defence of poetry

Allowing a post-Covid poetry opt-out from GCSE is wrong, according to Jill Pritchard who laments the move.

7 from Sevenoaks

7 from Sevenoaks

7 articles from Innovate, the journal of the Sevenoaks School Institute of Teaching & Learning published by ITM in 2021.

All ways coaching

All ways coaching

Nicholas McKie fuses three pedagogical styles with three ways of coaching to form 'a coaching way of teaching'.

Trending video

Trending video

Using student-created video projects to assess learning is now mainstream, says Eddie Bradley. Time to hop on board.

All a game?

All a game?

Bryan Gibson on evidence that gaming and Game-Based Learning will play an important role in education.

School to home

School to home

It was not an easy choice for Dallin Bywater to be a Stay at Home Parent, but it led to a broader perspective on life.

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