Maths and the IB PYP do not always feel like they are comfortable partners. It’s an uncomfortable truth to read and acknowledge, and yet, speak to any number of PYP teachers across the world and you’ll find that finding a way to be student led, inquiry based, and yet confident you are equipping every child … Continue reading Maths, Inquiry, Maths Programs and Finding Your Way Forward
Recently there has been increased coverage in the media, especially in the UK, of teachers deciding to move overseas to continue their careers in international teaching. Such as this story run by The Guardian; https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/13/why-british-teachers-fleeing-overseas-international-schools A number of factors such as high pressure to perform, under-funding, long hours, and poor workplace culture are combining with … Continue reading Is International Teaching Right for Me?
Tackling the isolating feeling of learning online is a huge challenge for so many of us right now. With millions of children not yet back in school full time (or at all) and learning happening through a mixture of on and offline activities how do we help our children connect with each others as well … Continue reading Learning Together While We’re Apart
As it becomes clear that school won't 'return to normal' for a while yet and many of us will be remote or hybrid the pressure on the curriculum continues to mount. Whilst student and staff safety and well-being must come first, some estimates place effective curriculum delivery at anywhere from 30-60%. Certainly for our school, … Continue reading Remote Learning and Reading
Here at AIS Kuwait we’ve recently moved to virtual school as part of local efforts to contain Coronavirus. As well as supporting the teachers I work with to design online learning, I’m also aware of the fact that this is a new experience for our families too. Over the next few weeks I’ll share some … Continue reading Virtual School for Families Step One: Schedules
An amazing part of the life of an international teacher is getting to experience and participate in holidays and celebrations you’d probably never see at ‘home’. This week Kuwait celebrated National Day (25th Feb) and Liberation Day (26th Feb) as these are national holidays we had our school celebration late last week before the break. … Continue reading Celebrating Kuwait’s National and Liberation Day 2019
In a meeting discussing the implementation of a BYOD scheme recently I heard an argument from a senior colleague which genuinely surprised me. They were arguing that, in light of the rise of socratic style seminars in some of the world’s best schools, we should reduce the use of technology as it hampers students ability … Continue reading Blogging and Education – Why I really need to reconnect to blogging!
Next week I begin my next post-grad course at The University of Nottingham, I'm taking their relatively new PGCEi course. It's similar to the regular British PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) only it's mostly delivered via distance learning as is specifically designed for those of us working in international education. I have a week long … Continue reading Continuous Professional Development for Teachers