"Whether you're a boss or a colleague, a friend or a spouse, introverted or extroverted, emotional or analytic, or high or low on the totem pole, you can learn how to facilitate life-enhancing change in those around you." Coaching for Change
Consider that you wake up each morning knowing much of your day will be spent in problem-solving mode. Better to be respected than liked– having much to do with your willingness to take on the difficult conversation, with compassion. Difficult Conversation Lessons From a Psychologist Who's Been Dealing With People Problems For Decades
International School leader Liam Hammer shares"Nine Things I Learned about International School Recruiting this Summer (And how schools can apply those lessons)."
Reflecting on his own experiences as a newbie teacher, Richard Long, Executive Director of the Learning First Alliance, speaks to how a strong professional development program is critical for retaining teachers and absolutely crucial for any school's success.
"One of the most depersonalizing aspects of the education system is assessments. A child's whole educational career is reduced to a set of numbers or letters when they graduate school at eighteen, and these combinations determine which universities or jobs they can apply for. The nuance of each person is forgotten and what's left is a standardized display of who this person is." How Can We Capture Children's Full Range Of Abilities?
"Merely attracting and admitting students and families with diverse backgrounds and experiences doesn't necessarily lead to the equitable and inclusive environments we desire." Using a Social Justice Framework to Guide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work.
We are responsible for setting an agenda for change within our international schools and one cannot be taking one breath after another without recognizing that new solutions to unsettling global trends are needed. As the OECD Shared Vision states, "Children entering school…will need to abandon the notion that resources are limitless…and in the face of an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, education can make the difference as to whether people embrace the challenges they are confronted with or whether they are defeated by them."
Our international schools represent the world. There's no complacency or defeatist attitude either.
Sustainable development requires that all countries engage youth, value student voice and draw it out in the way of ensuring instructional systems and knowledge, attitudes and values, to shape the world our young people will inherit. Our schools are uniquely suited to such challenges.
AAIE is committed to your school's future. Stay with us each Friday for F3. Take a close read of the OECD occasional paper, Education 2030.
Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent. Kristilyn Oda shares her first experience with this new way to fuel student-led design.
From mini whiteboards to football (soccer) questioning, Michael De Main offers 5 intriguing techniques on how to question students in the classroom.
New research finds that computers are most effective as teaching tools when used sparingly, and to teach kids at certain ages specific subjects.
Learn how to become a powerful learner by more intentionally linking your memory and knowledge together through narrative. David Handel takes you on a journey into metacognition in How To Read Academic Content Once and Remember it Forever.
"School is an island in the middle of a horizonless sea of commerce and trade. Nearly everything that reaches its shores is borne there on the water of money—from the food to the electricity to the textbooks. Its teachers row in on creaky boats, while admin motor in on better ships and berth at closer docks. Some students arrive in yachts, while others swim in with nothing but a bathing suit." – School is an Economy and its Currency is the Grade - By Bernie Bleske
As the school year is just beginning for many of you, let's begin this week's F3 with Katrina Schwartz'sFour Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School.
What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School - By Linda Flanagan
Linda Flanagan makes the case for why Ethics courses should be a necessity in our schools, rather than a sought after rarity.
Suicide prevention is a vital part of developing a strong school mental health system. For suicide prevention week, here is a plethora of resources and activities that educators can utilize at their schools. "Given that students spend the majority of time in schools, it is advantageous for schools to be well-prepared in education, prevention, and mental health awareness."
A wonderfully written article that will certainly resonate with international educators is Sten Sootla's "You are Your Work (And That's a Good Thing)." Sacrifices, taking pride in your work, and the love that inevitably follows.
Robert Roy Britt discusses new research into how positive thinking relates to longer life expectancy. Take this study's advice and visualize yourself at the center of positive future events.
Amy L. Eva offers four ways to support teens' social-emotional development at school and ultimately enhance their sense of status and respect among peers and adults.