Five ways to improve your listening skills

The key to collaborative planning and decision making

Listening, rather than talking, is the key to making an effective plan of action for a company or school, according to Peter Hudson. The trouble is, most people are not very good at it. Here Peter looks at five key ideas that will help the members of a team improve as listeners, and therefore as effective collaborative planners.

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2016 in International Teacher Magazine

Some of our best from the past 12 months
We look back at some of the articles from 2016 that has made International Teacher Magazine one of the fastest growing on-line journals for teachers around the world.
Consciously disconnecting

Consciously disconnecting

A Christmas trip to the Canadian wilderness takes Brian Ambrosio back in time (January)

Extraordinary Math teacher

Extraordinary Math teacher

"It’s not that they’re stupid; it’s just that they don’t know anything!" The inspiring work of Jaime Escalante. (February)

Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorders

Catherine Routley looks at how to recognise APDs & what to do. (February).

A passion for learning

A passion for learning

Island school HK chooses a radical path of curriculum reform to inspire learning. (March)

Radical travel

Radical travel

Elly Tobin takes a trip to Ali Baba’s Gate in Afghanistan when on a teacher training assignment. (March)

Intrinsic motivation

Intrinsic motivation

Sarah Whyte looks at the power of intrinsic motivation and how it can be developed in younger childdren. (May)

Ada Lovelace – STEM Role Model

Ada Lovelace – STEM Role Model

STEAM in practice: dramatic portrayal of a computing pioneer. (May)

Maths and mindset

Maths and mindset

Two schools in Scotland develop Growth Mindset with a radical approach to Mathematics. (July)

Minecraft  & Learning

Minecraft & Learning

Y6 teacher and maths coordinator Neil Jarrett describes how he uses Minecraft to enthuse learning. (July)

 Life after teaching

Life after teaching

Was now the time to try something new? Primary Head David Knott reflects on his move to Bali (August)

Swimming with Finns

Swimming with Finns

Neel Shah is a Brit working in a Finnish school. Here he gives the inside story. (September)

Philosophy for Children - P4C

Philosophy for Children - P4C

SAPERE is a UK-based organisation supporting P4C. Bob House talks about their latest international initiative (September)

Learning together

Learning together

Andrew Wooster reflects on his young students and the elderly learning together. (September)

Teaching and listening

Teaching and listening

Peter Hudson looks at 5 reasons why listening is a crucial skill for teaching. (October)

Outside Learning Environments

Outside Learning Environments

Jan Homden reviews the new edition of Prue Walsh's innovative and inspirational book. (October)

 Safeguarding in international schools

Safeguarding in international schools

Jane Larsson, Executive Director of CIS speaks with ITM about a new source of support for international schools (December)

Maths and mindset

Engaging with number

West Lothian

 

Teachers at two schools in West Lothian, Scotland have started to use Izak9, a new Maths resource for 9 – 13 years olds, while also applying Carol Dweck’s ideas about “Mindset” in their teaching. The initiative is part of an imaginative campaign to help children engage with number, and to change the way they approach a new challenge.

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Listening, journalism and broadcasters

Listening and “the truth”

Revelations have shaken our trust of journalists and broadcasters and led many to question whether they are committed to seeking the truth and fairness or are driven largely by a need to boost circulation and viewing figures. Peter Hudson explores the effectiveness of different journalistic and broadcasting approaches in establishing and reporting the facts.

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The Holy Grail of Social Listening

Throughout history, good conversation has been highly valued but what are the attributes of a good conversationalist? The ability to listen, rather than eagerly searching for the next opportunity to interject, is certainly one of them. Peter Hudson sets out on a quest to find the Holy Grail of social listening and discovers the old Cuban proverb rings very true;“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.”

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