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The Life-Changing Power of Extracurricular Activities

The Life-Changing Power of Extracurricular Activities | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
Extracurriculars are vital because they impart a wide variety of other concepts and knowledge that we don’t always get to communicate in the classroom.
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At Grand River Academy, an all boys' boarding school, we take an active interest in providing numerous extracurricular activities for our students.  By doing so, our students are able to explore their physical, creative, social, political, and career interests with other students who share the same interests,.  In addition, when students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, they acquire many skills, which then fosters their all round development. As a result, they grow holistically.

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2014-04-07 23.42 Uncovering Learning Differences in ESL Students

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Insightful webinar presented by Elizabeth Greenwell with The Cambridge Institute of International Education, on "How to Recognize Learning Differences in ESL Students.” 

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5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer i
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In addition to asking these 5 simple questions it's important to follow with the  "wait/think time'  especially when teaching ESL..

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International educators consider the challenges in integrating students from abroad | Inside Higher Ed

International educators consider the challenges in integrating students from abroad | Inside Higher Ed | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it

Via bacigalupe
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We can't underestimate the importance of training and professional development to help faculty and staff better serve international students and integrate them into the school community on the high school level as well as the undergraduate and graduate levels.:

..."one audience member at the AIEA conference said, unless faculty members are on board, all the student services programs in the world won't be enough: "Students really look to their professors to give them direction and advice and deepen their conversations, so if faculty were taught to embrace these conversations about 'difference' and 'other' and 'cross-cultural competencies' and international challenges in engineering, then those conversations would take on meaning for the students," she said.

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4 Benefits for International Students at U.S. High Schools - US News

4 Benefits for International Students at U.S. High Schools - US News | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
An introduction to American life and culture before college can help.
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 I totally agree with Krista Tacey from Texas A&M, in saying that real life immersion in the English language is going to get international students way farther than any classroom in their home country.  I see first hand at Grand River Academy how international students are experiencing early exposure to the American-style teaching as well as becoming socially integrated while learning cultural norms, terms, and habits.   GRA's international students, as well as international students studying in other American high schools, are better prepared and provided with a noticeable head start as they step foot on their university campus.

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International Student Boarding School Program in the US | Grand River Academy

International Student Boarding School Program in the US | Grand River Academy | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
Boys from around the world can enrich their education by studying abroad at Grand River Academy in Ohio, USA in our immersion and supplemental tutoring program.
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Grand River Academy offers a focused curriculum and a nurturing atmosphere to help each young man reach his full potential.  We provide a structured environment with personal accountability, but also encourage each boy to develop qualities of character, honor, sportsmanship, empathy, and a passion for life-long learning.

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Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
After a morning Discipline With Dignity training, the high school principal and I walked to the cafeteria to eat lunch. He said, "I love your session, but it's not practical." I responded with my vie
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This article clearly states 5 ways to make a lasting impact on all students.


Excerpt ~ #3 Give Second, Third and Fourth Chances
"School is for all children and mistakes are part of the learning process, not just for academics, but also for behavior. Rather than strike them out, teach them the skills they need to overcome their deficiencies."

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International Students Discovering the US

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Views of international students on the US

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Some great ideas to share with our students to help integrate in the American culture while improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

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Integrating International Students

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WASHINGTON – A theme at this year’s Association of International Education Administrators conference was the need to do a better job of integrating international students on American campuses in order to maximize the potential for global learning. The overarching message: student mobility alone won't cut it...


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I appreciate this article and am encouraged by the quote below from  Darla K. Deardorff, executive director of the AIEA and an expert on intercultural competence.


""What we’re seeing in terms of success are those programs that have an actual common goal beyond the interaction in and of itself, that they’re interacting for some greater purpose,” Deardorff said.  

 

As mentioned in the article that greater purpose could be service learning, research and sports teams.

 

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Ben Piscopo's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:53 PM

One of the most interesting challenges posed to administrators at the recent AIEA: "It's not enough to just say... we have x number of international students on campus..."  What else can schools do to internationalize themselves and differentiate academic offerings?

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MultiBrief: ELL student population increases, obstacles and achievement

MultiBrief: ELL student population increases, obstacles and achievement | International Students Studying in America | Scoop.it
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At Grand River Academy, a private boarding school for boys, we are prepared for educating ELLs. With our small classroom sizes, our students are able to receive the individual attention they need.  We are able to assess our students individually and modify instruction to meet their developmental, emotional and learning needs.  With our successful structured program, we are able to say that we have 100% college acceptance.  Our ELLs (and American students) graduate from GRA, attend college and often come back to share their successes.

For more information about Grand River Academy see our web site at grandriver.org

 

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