All Work and No Play…

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein During the first five years of a child’s life, they learn more than at any other time in their life. That’s why it’s so important to ‘get it right’ in the early years. So, ‘Where do we begin?’ I hear you ask. ‘All they do

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Universal Design

An educational blueprint for today’s diverse classrooms The world is already a much smaller place and our classrooms are increasingly diverse. Schools are charged with educating students who speak various languages and who have a wide range of pre-existing knowledge from vastly different cultural contexts. This lends itself to a myriad of benefits for students:

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The Age of Computing

The importance of computational thinking at an early age When you think back over the last hundred years, the technological achievements that we’ve accomplished have been incredible. Transport, communication and medicine – these are just a few areas that have seen considerable change. So, it begs the questions: What will we witness over the next

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A Growth Mindset

Two basic mindsets that shape our lives Last month, I went for a tennis lesson for the first time in a long time. The first question my new tennis coach asked was, “How long have you been playing?” I looked at him – all 21 years of him – and replied, “23 years.” The look

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A Growth Mindset

Two basic mindsets that shape our lives. Last month, I went for a tennis lesson for the first time in a long time. The first question my new tennis coach asked was, “How long have you been playing?” I looked at him – all 21 years of him – and replied, “23 years.” The look

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Tips for Better Learning in School

Parents, by their very nature, want the best for their children and that means helping them grow up to be healthy, happy and successful – and a large part of that is helping them to do well at school. Perhaps frustratingly, once a child goes through the school gates, there is very little parents can

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What’s Your Motivation?

The key to academic success. With the new school year almost upon us, and a wave of new teachers arriving at international schools around the city, it’s a good time of year to challenge the commonly-held belief that good teachers are responsible for children’s academic success. There are many attributes that schools look for when

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A 21st Century Education

Learning for life in our times. Did you know the top ten jobs today didn’t exist ten years ago? Fast forward another ten years and the world will be a very different place again. That means that many skills learnt in schools today may be obsolete by the time children graduate. For educators, this poses

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Sound it Out

Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. How did you learn to read? For many adults, chances are this is a difficult question to try and answer. We all know how we learnt to talk – we listened and we copied – but we have few memories of learning to

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Teaming Up

Parents and teachers partnering up to enrich the learning experience. Choosing your child’s school is only the first step in a parent’s participation in the learning process. Besides supporting their teachers, parents can be very instrumental in helping their children succeed by working in productive partnership with their child and school. Below are eight every

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