January 2020

International School Awards 2020, censorship of books in school libraries, phone bans and preparing for life as an international teacher in a new decade.

Leading edge

Leading edge

There were over 250 nominations for the International School Awards, 2020 : Anne Keeling previews the presentation evening for ITM.

Phone ban

Phone ban

In 2020 smart phones will be banned from schools in the Australian state of Victoria. Sam Chester looks at arguments for and against such action.

China ready

China ready

Becoming interested in starting a school with an overseas partner is one thing. Being ready for a project in China is quite another.

Model emotions

Model emotions

Leah Davies offers guidlelines to help support children as they learn to cope with their feelings.

Sleep and study

Sleep and study

Emily Melynn Alexander considers how lack of sleep can impact on the lives of teens and young adults.

Banned books

Banned books

Sally Flint looks at the knotty problem of censorship in international school libraries.

Internationally ready

Internationally ready

Orla Redmond discusses some essentials about looking for a job overseas – including things the recruiters don’t tell you!

Year of the Rat

Year of the Rat

Learn about Lunar New Year customs and traditions: 'ratty' stories to share & videos to dip into, compiled by Jan Homden.

Write for ITM in 2020

Write for ITM in 2020

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November 2019

Safeguarding for all adults in a school community, personalised Professional Learning and teaching English in the Early Years.

Shell shocked

Shell shocked

Peter Hudson looks at how the work of Dr. William Rivers during WW1 influenced the development of modern counselling.

Early English

Early English

For Tessa Lochowski teachers should use their knowledge of developmental stages in the early years for effective English language acquisition.

All aboard

All aboard

For School Librarian, Sally Flint, a great library is a living organism, and parents are an important part of the mix.

Safeguarding for all

Safeguarding for all

Matt Harris Ed.D discusses how safeguarding training can be provided for all adults in a school community.

Welcome

Welcome

Leah Davies discusses how to overcome barriers to positive parental involvement in school and their child's education.

Good fit

Good fit

Fed up with conventional professional development? So is Natalie Croome who suggests a radical, made-to-measure alternative.

Student-led

Student-led

Gavin McLean discusses how student-led learning can be implemented in international schools and why a one-size-fits-all approach is not good.

Written work

Written work

The International Writing Project encourages teachers to write for enjoyment. Elly Tobin considers the benefits for their students.

Sleep

Sleep

Are we getting enough? Emily Melynn Alexander stresses the importance of sleep for teachers.

November Days

November Days

Festivals and Fun Days to celebrate with your children in November. Jan Homden has put together a list of ideas for three special days.

Chinese realities

Chinese realities

Is the environment in China just too difficult for starting a new school with a local partner ? Not necessarily, according to Mark Schaub. 

Write for ITM

Write for ITM

A new inititive? Doing something a bit different in the classroom? Tell us about what's making a difference for your school community.

October 2019

Transforming libraries, building student vocabulary and Social Entrepreneurship in Manila.

Inspiring libraries

Inspiring libraries

English teacher and librarian, Sally Flint offers six tips for transforming a good library into a great learning hub.

Chinese mountain

Chinese mountain

Mark Schaub suggests that the opportunity the educational scene in China presents to overseas schools is real – but that it requires understanding. 

Between schools

Between schools

Can VLEs bridge learning gaps experienced by internationally mobile children moving from school to school? Gavin McLean thinks so.

Social entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs

Hannah Rae joins 20 strangers visiting successful social entrepreneurship projects in Manila.

Making waves

Making waves

Chris Jay tells the story of how Splash is helping a wide range of adults to take to the water in Hong Kong.

Children and war

Children and war

Leah Davies thinks by answering children honestly, they will learn that they are not alone in their concerns about war.

Fun Days in October

Fun Days in October

Jan Homden has put together ideas for Diwali and not-so-scary Halloween activities for the Early Years classroom.

Building vocabulary

Building vocabulary

Orla Redmond's ideas for creating a communication-rich classroom by explicitly building student vocabulary.

Listening in school

Listening in school

Why is listening important for teachers? Peter Hudson gives five really good reasons.

Making connections

Making connections

Melissa Etherton explores empathy as a leadership tool and how it can have a positive impact on a school community.

Write for ITM

Write for ITM

Doing something a bit different in the classroom? We'd love to hear about what's making a difference for your students.

British International Schools

British International Schools

A new Facebook Group for teachers from British International Schools to share news and best practice.

September 2019

Writing, thinking, tracking effort and getting ready for a new term.
Thunking!

Thunking!

If your brain hurts as you read this article about thinking, teaching and learning, Ian Gilbert has done his job!

White light learning

White light learning

Andy Homden revisits the age-old issue of what is worth knowing, and asks 'Are subjects really dead?'

Aggressive girls

Aggressive girls

Leah Davies discusses why girls usually differ from boys in the type of aggressive behavior they exhibit.

Write now

Write now

Elly Tobin reflects on learning in a range of subjects using English as a second language.

Can you accredit it?

Can you accredit it?

Is accreditation really important for international schools? Gary Minnitt has no doubts.

Mind the gap!

Mind the gap!

Tony Dickenson experienced a change in his teaching when he started writing himself.

Increasing demand

Increasing demand

Anne Keeling brings us up to date on the data and trends shared at the ISC Research conference in Oxford this July.

Making the effort

Making the effort

Richard Campbell makes the case for tracking a student’s effort and application using a formative assessment system.

On track!

On track!

5 tips from Krista Harper that will help parents of children in your class get things off on the right foot this year.

Back to school days

Back to school days

Grandparents Day? 'Read a Book Day'? Jan Homden has a lot to celebrate in class for September.

Wholeness

Wholeness

Ziwei Luo looks at the growing appeal of ‘educating the whole child’ to families in China.

Going global

Going global

A new recruitment initiative from TES Global for COBIS schools. Andy Homden reports.

July and August 2019

A bridge to employment for students with learning disabilities, should we ‘level’ library collections, a strong case for collaborative groupwork and teaching atomic theory in primary.
Level best?

Level best?

In school libraries around the world, matching texts to levels of reading development is accepted practice. Should it be?

Group power

Group power

Grace Kelly relates the zone of proximal development to the effectiveness of groupwork in a classroom.

Atoms in primary

Atoms in primary

Can primary age students grasp the key ideas behind atomic theory? Mark Verde, at Bangkok Patana School certainly thinks so.

Growing competition

Growing competition

This new report commissioned by the Enrollment Management Association should be read by admissions staff and Heads.

Right blend

Right blend

Blending on-line and in-class learning has clear advantages for international schools. But how can it be sustained in practice?

Opportunity bakes!

Opportunity bakes!

A new bakery in the UK is showing how a bridge to employment for students with learning disabilities can be built.

A time for giving

A time for giving

Frank Opray considers the rationale for fundraising in international schools and key aims for a Development Office.

Trail blazer

Trail blazer

International recruitment specialist, Rory Galvin, looks at the significant opportunities opening up for a ‘trailing spouse’.

Virtually connected

Virtually connected

A project linking a team in New York with teachers and classes in Andhra Pradesh establishes principles for good VC practice.

Black Sea conference

Black Sea conference

Stephen Priest, Principal of the British International School of Tblisi reports from the Black Sea Schools group, who have just held their first conference.

Music power

Music power

When the going gets tough, we often turn to music. According to Curtis Dean, recent research confirms that music can motivate, energise and soothe.

Academic independence

Academic independence

Becoming academically self-sufficient is invaluable for any student - but most have to be shown how.

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