REFLECTIONS


 

Why poetry?

Five skills your students will learn by studying poetry

According to Helen Bell, poetry is not always given the prominence it deserves in English lessons. In fact, she argues, thinking about poetry provides significant learning opportunities for students of all ages. Here are her “top five” skills that poetry can develop.

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The risk triangle

Eternal problem

In every outdoor activity there are countless risk factors that must be considered to ensure safe operation and an enjoyable experience. David Gregory suggests a triangle of threats need to be managed – and that this analysis can be applied to other types of risk management.

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Expert complacency

Don’t take your strengths for granted

David Gregory is an experienced outdoor edcuation and ski intructor, based in Australia. On a recent trip to Canada however, he  faced a new challenge on Whistler Mountain and realised he had become complacent, and this was undermining his skills as a teacher.

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Books for Christmas

A a stocking filler, a present wrapped and ribboned under the tree, a ‘snuggledown’ bedtime read, a story for the car, plane or train or to read to the class, a book makes a wonderful gift. There are so many seasonal classics to choose from but here are a few to add to Santa’s list. Jan Homden

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It’s Christmas!

Seasonal activities for the Early Years

Celebrate Christmas in your classroom with lots of fun ideas and activities, stories to share, rhymes to learn and songs to sing. Free to download PDFs compiled by Jan Homden.

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Teaching by example

Three steps for enhancing a child’s life skills

Children learn life skills by observing the adults in their lives. Therefore, if we want children to be socially and emotionally competent, Leah Davies advises we must be cognizant of our own behavior and accept responsibility for being a role model.  She suggests three steps for developing this aspect of our teaching.  

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Read aloud!

The importance of listening to stories

Children and students retain more information, and also gain greater understanding, when they hear someone read to them, argues Stephen Murgatroyd, Head of Libraries at Bangkok Patana School.

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Values and philosophy

Uncovering submerged values with P4C

There is a lot of talk about “Values Education”, but what values will be relevant for an interconnected, mobile world, in which our two to six year olds will be living and working. Stephen Walshe looks at the role Philosophy for Children (P4C) can play in uncovering their “submerged” values.

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Let’s celebrate the Moon Festival

An autumn festival to celebrate in the Early Years from China

The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, celebrated this year on September 24, is a time for family and friends to celebrate by coming together and sharing food under the full moon. Jan Homden has compiled resources in a free to download PDF to make this a special time in any Early Years classroom.

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Engaging dads

Tips for involving fathers in a child’s education

Parent involvement in schools has traditionally been carried out by mothers. Yet boys and girls need positive, male role models. Leah Davies believes when fathers take an active role in education, schools report an increase in student achievement.

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Teaching equality

An authentic East meets West approach in the classroom

International schools in China, especially Preschools or Kindergartens, have, over the past couple of years, began to rethink their approach to delivering their curriculum.  Stephen Walshe emphasises the importance of a school structure in which school leaders and teachers are visible models of cross-cultural understanding, cooperation and communication.

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Winning formula

 The British School, New Delhi

What makes a school not just outstanding, but also award winning? Vanita Uppal OBE, Director of The British School, New Delhi, (TBS) which was recognised in 2018 as the British International School of the Year, places digital technology, independent learning and community values at the heart of her school’s approach.

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International evolution

2017 – 18: an evolving market

The growth in international education in 2017 – 2018 has, once again, been fast moving and substantial. Many new international schools opened and student enrolment increased globally by 7%. Several countries and sub-regions are experiencing notable change right now. Continued growth brings new opportunities for teachers, investors and schools looking to build international partnerships, writes Richard Gaskell of ISC Research

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First day at big school

Preparing your child for their first day at school
 Jan Homden gives us 10 things to think about in the weeks leading up to your child starting school. Included are recommended books to share, based around the theme of ‘starting school’, nursery and counting rhymes to recite and sing, suggestions for healthy, creative lunch boxes and the evening before the first day!
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Project, Early learning resources, International Teachers Magazine

Visible Learning

Janice Ireland looks at Shaping the International Early Years Curriculum to Make Learning Visible in Primary 1 at PDO School: 
An Interview with Laurence Burgess (Deputy Head Teacher) and Sarah Josefsen (Early Years Milepost Leader) from PDO School, Muscat, Oman.
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Language- Secondary resources, International Teachers Magazine

It’s in the text

Using the Field-Tenor-Mode matrix to support EAL writing and textual analysis

Language curricula in international education place increasing significance on student ability to produce and analyse a range of text types. The Language Acquisition and Language B Courses of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes are good examples of this trend. Chris Jay reports how the “Field-Tenor-Mode” anayltical approach can build understanding of English texts.

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Ladybird-Minibeasts, Early Years Resource International Teachers Magazine

Discovering Minibeasts

A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation

Ladybird- Minibeasts, Early learning resources, Primary resources, International Teachers MagazineTake the classroom outside and discover the natural world of Minibeasts

‘Teaching outdoors helps encourage curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.’  The Woodland Trust. This Early Years and Primary resource, compiled by Jan Homden can also be used by parents who home-school their children.

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Early philosophy?

Philosophy and the Early Years

Philosophical discussion might not be what you would expect to find in an early years class room. Stephen Walshe, co-Principal of the Fortune Kindergarten in Shanghai, encourages us to change our minds. 

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My sister Sandee

Bullying – the long term effects

We all have to deal with the issue of bullying – much of which is thoughtless rather than cruel. The effects, however, are the same. T. J. Coburn – Director at the International School Dhaka (ISD) shared a very personal story with his students earlier this year to illustrate the point.

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Island School at 50

Island School reflections

International Teacher Magazine magazine celebrates Island School’s Golden Anniversary by bringing together articles by five Islanders that reflect its unique character and contribution to international education – then and now.
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