Domino Season

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.

The countdown is on

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…

Time management skills (also known as how to hold a pumpkin underwater)

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.

The secret to walking a tightrope

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.