We may not feel like starting something, and we hardly ever feel like starting over, but the point is that we can. Students that I worked with at a previous school used to call this time of year, ‘Domino season’. It is the time of year where cold and flu and stress take over and our motivation falls away, bit by bit, dropping like dominoes, one after the other. The solution to starting again is easier than you think.
At the beach I was allowed to make a glorious mess in the sand and no one was allowed to tell me ‘no’. But then my older brother came and more often than not, he kicked down my sandcastles. But, he also taught me a valuable lesson.
When I was a small boy my older sister was convinced that she would grow up to be an archaeologist despite the lack of job advertisements online – ‘professional digger’ was not typically high on the list of classifieds. Our yard became her personal archaeological dig and our house became…
Our Grade 12 students will soon be released from our care and although their time at ISM has come to an end, they are very much beginning something exciting and new. So I thought about what words of advice I could impart to these students
Middle children sometimes feel that they do not always get the attention they deserve. At ISM, the ‘middle child’ is Grade 11 and this blog is devoted to the cohort who is leading the charge to enhance our learning environment and be active in the community.
I do not like paying for apps on my phone and yet somehow I have three different apps that count down the ‘time until’. The first app automatically syncs with my calendar and counts down the hours and minutes until the next entry (whatever it is). The second app counts…
Before I came to ISM, I was teaching in Shanghai and one of my colleagues at school shared a Chinese proverb that has stayed with me to this day. Loosely translated, it was ‘One cannot manage too many affairs: like pumpkins in the water, one pops up while you try to hold down the other’. With IBDP and IGCSE exams only seven weeks away, we need to think about how to manage our workload.
Balance’ is not simply about coordination. Yes, it is true that we have asked some of our junior students to walk a tightrope during our Circus Week in 2018, but this is not a daily occurrence. For students, balance is mostly about juggling the demands of study, part-time work, leisure, family time, relationships and a dozen more things besides. But do not worry! I am about to give you the real secret to achieving balance.
Answers to questions like ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ are complicated at the best of times, but even more so for students in Year 10 trying to decide on the subjects to help them reach their goals.
Across the next two weeks, our senior cohorts in Years 10 and 12 are taking part in examinations for all subjects. They are not attending classes, but instead are undergoing a full suite of mock tests in preparation for their actual summative examinations that take place across April and May…