ITM, February 2021

February 2021

What we can learn from the Danish experience in 2020, setting high standards for SEN learning and the crucial role of middle leadership during the Covid crisis.

Danish example

Danish example

Kevin Goggins thinks the Danish experience of Covid may point the way to more lasting educational change.

Leading in a whirlwind

Leading in a whirlwind

Phil Mathe takes off his hat to the middle leaders who are playing a crucial role in schools around the world during Covid.

Virtual can be virtuous

Virtual can be virtuous

Gary Minnitt, Director of Accreditation at COBIS reviews a pilot series of online school visits. So far, so good.

High standards for all

High standards for all

Colin Bell and Kamal Bodhanker want to raise the bar for Additional Educational Needs (AEN) in international schools.

Learning and making

Learning and making

Farida Danmeri looks at the link between constructionism and ‘making’, analysing how one enhances the other.

A question of balance

A question of balance

Robert Young thinks the idea of the balanced curriculum is under further threat as a result of Covid-19.

Careers inclusion

Careers inclusion

Kyra Kellawan and Andreu Gual i Falco ask us to challenge the attitudes that undermine student career aspirations.

Pandemic reflections

Pandemic reflections

Imagining a ‘new normal’ is backward looking, argues Ger Graus. It’s time to build on what we have learned in 2020.

Better Boards

Better Boards

Matthew Savage and Helen Wright explore effective school governance, asking how schools can grow 'better Boards'.

Transformational hub

Transformational hub

President of the School Library Association, Richard Gerver, explains why libraries are more important than ever.

Two-way process

Two-way process

Supporting local employees as they encounter “international school micro-culture shock” is vital, argues Henry Wong.

Self-care

Self-care

For Angelo Castelda, in order to help others effectively during the ongoing pandemic, make sure you look after yourself.

October 2020

October 2020

Kevin Bartlett on the DNA of learning, medical insurance in the Covid age, Marcus du Sautoy on pandemic maths, Ger Graus wants to raise aspiration and the launch of ChildSafeguarding.com

The DNA of learning

The DNA of learning

In a quest to create a new pedagogical paradigm, Kevin Bartlett and the CGC ask ‘What is Learning?’

The 2020 factor

The 2020 factor

Reeling under the pressure of Covid-19, schools have shown resilience, but what in fact is going on? Will Bedford reports.

Keeping it simple

Keeping it simple

Discovering Cognitive Load Theory was a eureka moment for Steve Garnett. Here are 4 key ideas for CLT in the classroom.

Viral maths

Viral maths

Professor Marcus Du Sautoy explains the mathematics of exponential growth behind the spreading of a virus.

Opening doors

Opening doors

In the second of two articles Ger Graus argues for changes to the curriculum which will excite the imagination and raise aspirations.

Flexible admissions

Flexible admissions

Esther Clark looks at how international schools can offer greater breadth and stronger continuity for their students.

ChildSafeguarding.com

ChildSafeguarding.com

Matt Harris reports how a gap in safeguarding training for schools is being filled by a group of international educators.

Health risk

Health risk

Rachel Thorpe looks at medical insurance as Covid-19 challenges basic assumptions about teaching overseas.

Leaders who learn

Leaders who learn

Natalie Croome looks back at her own learning – as a child, as a trainee and as a teacher, and reflects on her ‘special teachers’.

Lockdown voices

Lockdown voices

Elly Tobin, has been listening to teachers and students talking about the experience of online learning.

The big move

The big move

Experienced international teacher, Jess Gosling has advice for those starting an overseas career or contemplating a move.

Write for ITM

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September 2020

Unconscious bias in international schools, what’s trending in international edtech and inclusion, teaching the 2020 WEF skills, role modeling for student aspiration

Fair balance?

Fair balance?

Gwen Byrom thinks we all need to take a hard look at the cultural climate in which international learning is taking place.

Trending 2020

Trending 2020

Diane Glass of ISC Research looks at two important 2020 studies about edtech and inclusion trends in schools.

Start with why

Start with why

Kevin Bartlett explains why he founded the Common Ground Collaborative with other like-minded educators.

Our role to play

Our role to play

Ger Graus looks at the role models we all look up to and asks how ‘heroes and she-roes’ affect the aspirations of young people.

Animal care

Animal care

Nicky Cook of the Worldwide Veterenary Service looks at a new animal welfare project and invites schools to get involved.

Teaching WEF 2020 skills

Teaching WEF 2020 skills

Jackie Beere reviews the ‘must-have’ skills as defined by the World Economic Forum in 2020 and how we can teach them.

Life models

Life models

Whether you are a teacher or a parent, wanting to protect your children is natural.  But there are limits, says Nicola Pearson.

Wishes for Nepal

Wishes for Nepal

When living in Nepal, Fionna Heiton and partner Durga Aran could not ignore the challenges faced by local schools.

Get personal

Get personal

Derek Devine thinks that distance learning can be personalised without adding to the pressure that teachers are already under. 

Total inclusivity

Total inclusivity

2020 has been a turbulent year,  Stephen M. Whiteford thinks it will force us to face some difficult truths.  

Education pandemic

Education pandemic

Stephen Cox reflects on the state of world education, using Covid-19 as a metaphor for outdated systems that need changing.

Special places

Special places

When we are able to travel again, it will be the people we meet that make a place special, according to Susan Bennett.

June 2020

Adapting, responding, surviving and creating: how schools and teachers are coping with the pandemic.

Design principles

Design principles

Design Technology teacher Joan Brown looks at how schools in Wales became involved in the design and manufacture of PPE.

Storm resistant?

Storm resistant?

Will Bedford of ISC Research, asks how resilient the international schools’ market has been in historic times of crisis.

Being adaptable

Being adaptable

Education has become a rushed process with skills that students most need left behind. Time to recalibrate, says Robert Lloyd Williams.

Survival

Survival

Stephen Whitehead analyses key variables that will affect the ability of international schools to survive Covid-19.

Here and now

Here and now

For Stephen Walshe, engaging young learners in philosophical enquiry helps build constructive confrontational skills.

Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

Janice Ireland talks to the Early Years team at Panaga School in Brunei as they reflect on the experience of distance learning.

Filling a gap

Filling a gap

Kevin Keller looks at the value of a Gap Year, which might appeal to even more students if universities are not fully open next year.

Hungry for Math

Hungry for Math

A group of Finnish educators want us all to be hungry for Mathematics. They know you will be sceptical, but that’s part of the problem.

Walk on

Walk on

Uma Shankar Singh describes the journey his Grade 9 students undertook, inspired by Paul Salopek and his “Out of Eden Walk”.

Home worked

Home worked

There were unexpected results when Munir Mamujee and his staff continued to run their recruiting agency from home.

Reporting to Parents

Reporting to Parents

As the academic year draws to a close Leah Davies has some useful hints to help write those all important report cards.

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December 2019

Seasonal books and videos, getting the right blend for online learning in international schools, P4C, discussion and helping children understand dementia.

Save the Med

Save the Med

Jasmine Spavieri looks at the inspirational work of Save the Med, and how international teachers and students can join an expedition in 2020.

Talk about it

Talk about it

In the third of three articles on the development of language in schools, Orla Redmond examines the value of discussion as a learning tool.

PODtime

PODtime

Linda Parsons, electronic learning coordinator at Deira International School explains the online solutions DIS found to support their IGCSE students.

Life Prep 

Life Prep 

Stephen Walshe suggests Philosophy for Children (P4C) can provide essential life skills for younger learners.

I Love My Grandpa

I Love My Grandpa

Sally Flint talks about her new picture book in which she explores dementia from a child’s perspective.

China startups

China startups

According to Mark Schaub, a reflective and patient approach will help international partners avoid five common mistakes that can plague new projects.

Write for ITM in 2020

Write for ITM in 2020

Contact us to find out more - we'd love to hear from you in the New Year! Andy Homden

Right blend

Right blend

Online curriculum specialist Paul Daniell sees blended approaches as a way of providing affordable, high quality teaching in international schools.

Favourite festive videos

Favourite festive videos

Dip into these beautiful winter stories, narrated by some wonderful readers. Curated by Jan Homden.

Keep moving!

Keep moving!

As former first lady Michelle Obama urged us, 'Let's get our kids to move!' Leah Davies shows how.

Winter picture books

Winter picture books

Books to make you laugh, books that share a little magic and books to help us appreciate the world around us. Collated by Jan Homden.

Listening dividend

Listening dividend

Listening is invaluable in schools for teachers, school leaders, students and parents. Here, Peter Hudson explains the dividend of listening for leaders.