REFLECTIONS


 

Discovering Minibeasts

A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation

Take 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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Know your students

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.

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Fun with Water in the Early Years

Early Years Resources

Click on the images to download Jan Homden’s free PDFs for Fun with Water Part A & Part B.

Part A – Get on your rain gear and join Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk. Display ideas for your classroom and fiction/non-fiction books to share. Water play activities and simple experiments to encourage prediction, observation and language development.

 

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Those who can, do

Ronald Stones OBE: the “can do” man

British international education in South East Asia has been grown rapidly for some time . We meet Ron Stones, one of the most influential British school leaders over the last 30 years, look back on his career and ask about his next project.

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Navigating emotions

Emotions matter

hqdefaultResearch 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.

 

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Online safety for kids

Whilst we all recognize the opportunities the Internet offers, keeping children safe online is a constant source of concern often exacerbated by the gap in online proficiency between child and parents/teacher.

Encouragingly, Jackie Harden reports that support is available and easily accessible. If you feel able to recommend other sources of support, we would love to hear from you.

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A Case for Establishing Leadership Training at an Earlier Stage

In some areas of the world there is a leadership crisis in schools; England reports an alarming lack of head teachers. Workload and stress levels have been cited as contributing to the paucity of teachers willing to take on leadership roles, but Ciaran McMahon suggests that directed leadership training will enthuse teachers and offers a positive route out of the leadership shortage predicament.

This article appears with the kind permission of the Irish Primary Principals’Network (IPPN) It originally appeared in Leadership+,  the IPPN’s members’magazine.

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UAE Map

UAE continues to lead the international K-12 schools market

New report

The UAE continues to be the leading country in the world for English-medium K-12 international schools.  In terms of the number of international schools, the UAE is currently competing in a very tight race with China, but in terms of student enrolment, the UAE leads the world decisively. The data has been published in the new Market Intelligence Report for International Schools in the United Arab Emirates by ISC Research. Anne Keeling reports.

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