Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down | Edutopia

SlowDown

Since my last Edutopia blog post, How Slowing Down Can Lead to Great Change was published, I’ve received dozens of messages asking for suggestions for how to slow things down in schools. The premise behind the following suggestions is that if we slow down, we’ll have more opportunities for reflection — to think about what we’ve done […]

4 Steps for Getting Started with Student Digital Portfolios

Portfolios

Not sure how to get started with ePortfolios for your students? Here’s what you need to know. Even before the concept of student portfolios was formalized, teachers collected and shared student work. They used writing folders during conferences or displayed science projects for open house. As the digital era has taken hold, portfolios have become […]

How to Get a Teaching Job in an International School: From Registering with a Recruiting Agency to Attending a Job Fair

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Admit it. You’d love to live and work overseas. You’re passionate about teaching and just adore that grade 5 class of yours, but you’re not inspired anymore and you often find yourself daydreaming about living in an exotic desert land, a tropical paradise or a chic European city. Perhaps you want to take a sabbatical […]

Teachers Vie for Overseas Postings – NYTimes.com

International Teacher Recruitment

LONDON — It was not the most relaxed of cocktail parties. Teachers and administrators — who had been running down corridors and stressing out in elevators between job interviews in recruiters’ hotel rooms — were sipping pints of beer and glasses of wine, scanning the room nervously. As recruiters from international schools lined up at […]

International schools: Do we want to put our kids in a bubble ?

In a bubble

My son is not even one year old yet, so technically I still have plenty of time to think about his educational path. Yet I am worried and concerned about what I should do.  For a child with multicultural roots like mine, is it really the best decision to enroll him into an international school? […]

International school enrolment on pace to reach $60 billion by 2022 – ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment

Shanghai, Pudong

As the international schools market continues its expansion, ICEF Monitor reviews some riveting statistics as well as the growth drivers behind the trend. International school enrolment by the numbers Researchers Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson noted in their authoritative 2008 paper “International Schools: Growth and Influence” that it is difficult to know how many international […]

How Sharing Other People’s Content Makes You an Irresistible Job Candidate

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When it comes to standing out online, your best bet is to offer your own original content. Blog posts or tweets that revolve around your unique ideas will make you a standout candidate. But the truth is, not everyone has the time, writing ability or even confidence to grow a quality blog or social media […]

Flat Connections and Global Educators  – Sandbox Negotiations

Photo Credit: Dorothy from Sandbox Negotiations.

Thanks to Julie Lindsay and my Flat Connections colleagues across the country and globe, I am now a certified Global Educator. I joined the Flat Connections Global Educator course because I wanted to find a space where I could grow past my own understandings of how we learn and form a network of innovative educators […]

4 Reasons for the Decline of Creativity

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There seems to be the well-founded belief now a days that creativity among our youth is on the decline. For the most part, reasons attributed to this decline vary, but popular opinion suggests that it’s the direct result of standardized testing and the expectation among some that teachers teach to these tests. I see a […]

Today’s Language Learning: More Than Ink

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Literacy today is more than reading and writing. Reading today is more than print. Writing today is more than ink. To engage my second language learners, I developed a blended learning unit on picture books that utilised both traditional and new literacies, and both analogue and digital tools. The whole unit was delivered via Edmodo […]

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