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Intrinsic Motivation: Instill It In At Least 27 Ways [INFOGRAPHIC] | Actualization

Mia MacMeekin offers this infographic that includes a definition of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, followed by 27 suggested actions for promoting curiosity, effort, engagement, and academic success. Reposted from te@chthought.
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This basic chart is a great list of ways to boost intrinsic motivation.  The benefits of intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic motivation are well documented.  

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Microsoft's real-time language translator coming to Skype as baked-in feature on Windows PCs - GeekWire

Microsoft's real-time language translator coming to Skype as baked-in feature on Windows PCs - GeekWire | Education | Scoop.it
Microsoft is about to start building its real-time language translation tool directly into Skype for Windows PCs, meaning the 100 million users already on 
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This is a great resource for an international school, any school really, to have.  Parents will sometimes not be conversant in English and an app that can be used to translate speech real time into and from a variety of languages would help teachers, parents, and administrators in understanding one another.  

 

This is an easy program that could be set up on all computers and phones of employees and even students.   

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Financial aid available to international students | ShareAmerica

Financial aid available to international students | ShareAmerica | Education | Scoop.it
International students might be surprised to find that many U.S. colleges offer them financial aid.
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Seeing as how many students in a international school will be foreign and no less likely to to want to attend university.  One of the largest means of support that a school could give to such students is assistance in finding scholarships.  There should be a program or portfolio set up by the school in order to help students find ones that are applicable to them.  It should go without saying that if giving a student a comprehensive education is the point of a school than giving them assistance in furthering their education.  

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The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning

The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning | Education | Scoop.it
The Difference Between Differentiation And Personalized Learning
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A good resource when discussing instruction with teachers.  Teachers will have different styles but it is best to make them aware of what is out there in case something different can be used to provide better instruction.  I personally tend to lean toward personalized learning but some may be resistant to this and it would not work well in all situations.  It may be prompt to have a discussion with a teacher committee on this subject before encouraging the use of any particular style.  

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Enhancing Global Competencies Through an International Teacher Network - Global Learning - Education Week

Enhancing Global Competencies Through an International Teacher Network - Global Learning - Education Week | Education | Scoop.it
A virtual global network of teachers could open the door to new perspectives on teaching and learning and to solutions-oriented professional collaboration.
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This would be a great resource for any international school.  A network that brings together resources and experience would be a very valuable resource for international schools.  Seeing as international schools rely on themselves for most of the experience and resources any addition in these would be helpful. It would also allow teachers to make connections and discern if certain programs, projects, or resources are effective before implementing them in the school.  All that would be needed are connections in a similarly structured school of which there surely is.  

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The Benefits of Learning a Language Later in Life | Language News

The Benefits of Learning a Language Later in Life | Language News | Education | Scoop.it
There is no magical age at which it is no longer possible to learn a foreign language. This post explores cognitive benefits of learning a language as an adult.
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At an international school it is best that staff speak a variety of languages.  Some incredibly qualified and wonderful teachers may already be at your school that only speak one.   It would do well to encourage them to study another, even later in life there are benefits for them as individuals.   This also would increase there ability to communicate with students who speak said language.   


As a professional development program this article may be a good way to get some teachers interested.   Many people have always wanted to learn a language but have lacked the time, motivation, or resources to do so.  Giving them a nudge and a nod of approval from the administration may be all they need. 

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Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students? - The Washington Post

Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students? - The Washington Post | Education | Scoop.it
Research shows it's good for everybody.
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This makes a great point of the foolishness of resistance to bilingual programs.  In international schools there may even be a push to do this.  Any and all resistance to a bilingual education should be thwarted quickly as it undermines the idea of an international school.  Students in international schools often speak a variety of languages and this should be encouraged.  

 

This piece in particular shows the ignorance associated with the push to teach just one language in schools.  The presumptuous nature of superiority of one language is detrimental to a school system in which people speak many different languages.  

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The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership | Jack Welch | LinkedIn

The Six Deadly Sins of Leadership | Jack Welch | LinkedIn | Education | Scoop.it
By Jack and Suzy WelchBeing a leader is perhaps the hardest challenge any of us will ever face. No matter how long we work at it, practicing the right behaviors is a never-ending task. Knowing – and avoiding – the wrong ones is too. Thus, we offer the following six common leadership pitfalls: 1. Not Giving Self-Confidence its Due. Self-confidence is the lifeblood of success. When people have it, they’re bold. They try new things, offer ideas, exude positive energy, and cooperate with their colleagues instead of surreptitiously attempting to bring them down. When they lack
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Once again, in a leadership position it is easy to slip back into bad practices.  It is best to keep reminders of what to do and what not to do around.  Though I'm not exactly keen on this list it may be prompt to research what type a leader suits your specific school and compile a list of do's and don'ts.  People often start with the best of intentions and end up going off track as time goes on.  This is true of school administrators.  After time in a position we fall into habits which may or may not be good for us or those around us.  

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English Language Support programmes in international schools | Inquire Within

English Language Support programmes in international schools | Inquire Within | Education | Scoop.it
After reading Edna’s thought-provoking article about a language inquiry I started thinking about the complexity involved in setting up English language support programmes in international schools.  As educators in an IB school we are all expected to be Communicators: “We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We…
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This should be given to a committee in a school along with many other resources in order to create a basic plan for all teachers on how to best integrate students.  I've had students come in with little or no English into my classes and the result in the beginning was a disaster.  They were incapable and I was incapable of helping them.  Only after years of hard work was I able to manage them in a way that aided the class and them individually.  

For some teachers, especially new ones, this is a daunting task for which they are unprepared.  Having a specific person on standby to mentor a teacher in this act would be a huge benefit.  Making a list of teachers  who are capable of speaking the instructional language as well as the language of the student would be essential.  

Teachers may fear having these students but these students are terrified.  By supporting teachers we can begin to support the students who are the real concern here.   

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International High School: Model for Professional Excellence | Edutopia

International High School: Model for Professional Excellence | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
A focus on team effort provides support for staff and students.
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This is a great perspective on the transition from the situation in many public schools to the one in some internationals schools.  The necessary team effort required in an international school due to the lack of district support requires that teachers become involved in administrative tasks.  This would be a difficult change for some.  An article like this could be given to new teachers in the school in an effort to encourage them to view the shift in a way that fosters their personal growth.  As a teacher grows and improves, they become a better asset to the school.  

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Teacher Interns: A New Breed of Educators | Edutopia

Teacher Interns: A New Breed of Educators | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
An El Paso, Texas, school district steps up its teacher-preparation efforts.
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This is a great idea!  Bringing teachers part time just to see if both parties wish to work together is a great program.  This would particularly be true of an international school.  Given that private international schools lack the constraints of higher administrations most times it would be plausible to make inroads to a local university to set up a program where their students come in to assist teachers part time.  Hands on learning for the university student would be a bonus and the assistance to the staff would be wonderful.  This could also be a great way to train and develop new staff.  If a new teacher is needed in the school an intern could be taken on and trained to fill in the position right out of university.  

This sharing of youth and expertise is valuable to all involved and the students would also benefit as well.  

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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners | Edutopia

Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.
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Again, a good list to give teachers with new ELL students in their class.  Any additional resource for teachers should be known as learners have different strengths and interests.  Seeing as how each student will come from a different background and present different issues, having as many resources as possible is the only way to be able to possibly assist the sheer variety of newcomers.  Teachers need to be prepared to include students who have resources at home as well as those that do not.  These are mostly online resources so it may be prompt to compile a list of other stuff.  

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Federal funding of charter schools needs more oversight, accountability « Education Votes

Federal funding of charter schools needs more oversight, accountability « Education Votes | Education | Scoop.it
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It's amazing to see how oversight and accountability are ruining public schools but charters are exempt.  Perhaps this is why some are becoming successful and why others are failing miserably.  Information like this is good to have in case a teacher comes forward in an attempt to emulate a charter school program.  The lack of oversight there may have worked but for a public school it will not.  Even then they are riddled with problems and many may only project a mirage of success.

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5 unavoidable truths about school funding « Education Votes

5 unavoidable truths about school funding « Education Votes | Education | Scoop.it
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Underfunded schools are not alone.  These five truths show some of the problems that plague the system, even if it were to work correctly.  The reality of being an administrator is that there is a good chance that a school you go into may have been defunded.  As unfair as it is, that school is not alone and articles like this would be good for moral of a school.  It shows that schools are not alone in the struggle for funding and that many people do support the schools even though very little seems to be being done a the moment.  Hope is a powerful tool for administrators but one that should be used very carefully.  

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International students are turning to proofreading agencies to get support | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

International students are turning to proofreading agencies to get support | Higher Education Network | The Guardian | Education | Scoop.it
Proofreading agencies are filling an academic support gap in UK universities, raising concerns around policy and plagiarism
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A very interesting read.  Such agencies will always exist and plagarism will always be a concern.  It seems to me that the easiest way for a school to deal with this is to make an association with one of these companies in order to assist in monitoring and ensuring academic integrity.  Instead of trying to persuade students from using them, encourage one company that the school has an association with.  The company makes money and the school can be assured that they are not assisting the students in cheating.  

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Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird | ELT Traveller box

Storytelling tools for ESL students #1 Storybird | ELT Traveller box | Education | Scoop.it
I believe storytelling is a very powerful teaching resource for young learners. They feel comfortable with it, and when they read or listen to a story they stop caring about “understanding every single word” of it. Very often they let the story flow, and enjoy themselves. Teachers are used to work on storytelling activities to…
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Storytelling is an essential part of language learning.  It encourages fluidity of thought along with speech.  It is even a hard task for many speakers in their native language but it is a task that is essential for the complete mastery of a language.  Sadly, I know many native English speakers that I would not go so far as to say that they have mastered English.  

These resources would be great to be given to a teacher who has students learning English prior to integration.   

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Free Digital Resources For #ELL #ESL #TESOL Students & Those Learning a Foreign Language

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Free Digital Resources For #ELL #ESL #TESOL Students & Those Learning a Foreign Language | Education | Scoop.it
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Any and all resources for language learning are essential in a school where multiple languages are spoken.  This would be a good resource to give parents hoping to learn English, the most common language of instruction at internationals schools.  Even basic knowledge would allow them to communicate with their children and their children's teachers better.  

For teachers wishing to learn a language to connect with students it maybe helpful as well if the language is offered.  

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New data suggests big growth imminent for international schools | Rebecca Marriage | Re:locate magazine

New data suggests big growth imminent for international schools | Rebecca Marriage | Re:locate magazine | Education | Scoop.it
The global international schools market is predicted to see yet more significant growth in 2014 and into the future. Latest figures indicate that by the end of this year there will be 7,200 international schools across the globe.
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This makes sense with the increase in globalization and immigration the world over.  For me, intending to head an international school, this means competition.  It speaks of expanding my school quickly and effectively while making sure to build a reputation for excellence.  It means pulling in investors and allocating funding towards growth and new facilities.

If there will be a in the number of international schools, it would be best to start preparing international schools for the influx of both students as well as competition.    

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My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids – Bilingual Monkeys

My Best Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids – Bilingual Monkeys | Education | Scoop.it
A lengthy list of key concepts and ideas for raising bilingual children, with links to further information.
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Bilingual children take a slightly different approach to raise.  There are different stages of development in regards to speech and understanding.  For many parents entering children into international schools it may be there first child and it is best to have resources for parents on hand.  Raising a child is a daunting task and raising one that speaks in a language you may not understand at times would be even more so.  

 

Basic guides or resources to ease there stress and to assure them that the level of development is normal is a good start.  

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Five Key Responsibilities - The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

Five Key Responsibilities - The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning | Education | Scoop.it
Although they say it in different ways, researchers who have examined education leadership agree that effective principals ar
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This has to be one of the best lists in regards to ways to improve instruction in a school as it includes no gimmicks, just hard work.  This would be a list to be given to committee members before meeting as it would get them thinking about a range of subjects that are essential for consideration in any professional development program.  One in particular is the inclusion of staff in development toward leadership positions.  This is essential because as a leader it is best to delegate responsibility to those capable and willing in order to free up a schedule to focus on things that only an administrator can handle.   

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Societies | Free Full-Text | A Model of Successful School Leadership from the International Successful School Principalship Project | HTML

The International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) has been actively conducting research about the work of successful principals since 2001. Findings from four project books and eight models derived from this project are synthesised into a model of successful school leadership. Building on Gurr, Drysdale and Mulford’s earlier model, the work of school leaders is described as engaging within the school context to influence student and school outcomes through interventions in teaching and learning, school capacity building, and the wider context. The qualities a leader brings to their role, a portfolio approach to using leadership ideas, constructing networks, collaborations and partnerships, and utilising accountability and evaluation for evidence-informed improvement, are important additional elements. The model is applicable to all in leadership roles in schools.
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These are something I would type up and post in my office in order to remind myself what it takes to build a successful school.  As a school year grinds on it is often easy to lose track of the goals with which we set out with at the beginning of the year.  

This would be a good thing to type into a survey in order to see where I as an administrator need improvement.  If I am to hold teachers accountable for their performance then I must be held accountable for mine.   

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How to Help an International School: Give the Gift of Books -- and More | Edutopia

How to Help an International School: Give the Gift of Books -- and More | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
Teach children a global lesson by donating books and other needed supplies to schools around the world.
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This is something I hadn't thought of.  Libraries, though quickly changing, will always have a place in schools.  In an international school this poses an issue because they lack governmental support to fill the shelves.  Donations, drives, and other such events would help.  Thought this article gave me an idea that would best be run by a committee and that the collection of foreign language books.  

If students and parents were asked to bring in books in their native language or culture not only would it create a truly international library, but it would also increase usage and connections among students.  It could serve as a way for students to understand library systems when they are asked to enter books into the shelves via the computer system as well as on the physical shelves.    

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International Baccalaureate: Identifying and Encouraging Genius | Edutopia

International Baccalaureate: Identifying and Encouraging Genius | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
oThe IB's Primary and Middle Years Programs let students pursue their interests and develop their collaborative, thinking, and problem-solving skills within a rigorous academic framework.
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If positioned as had of an international school, this program is one that should be seriously considered if funding makes it possible.  There are a lot of benefits to this program that are valuable to students who have parents that travel.  

An article like this would be a good way to convince parents or a school's investors of the validity of the program.  People are often resistant to change, especially ones as expense as IB programming.  Convincing teacher would also be a very big step as some should get certification in the programming to assist in it's implementation.   

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How to Create an International School | Edutopia

How to Create an International School | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
Make global education a priority.
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This is a great perspective on how to create a successful school.  Though no one way or blueprint exists for all areas, basic tenets are essential to keep in mind everywhere.  When coming into an international school which is almost never government funded, it is best to come in with the intention of improvement.  The first step is creating an environment that is truly international.  Given the fact that many international schools within a city will be diverse, great steps must be made to bring the students together to create a community but also to preserve each culture and individuality.  I think that these suggestions are a good thing to keep in mind when creating policy. 

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Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes | Edutopia

Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes | Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
Through a blend of differentiated instruction and formative assessment strategies, ELLs can successfully keep up with their peers in a general education classroom.
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In international schools this will be an absolute essential.  Often times international schools receive students with little or no knowledge of the instruction language.  Any resource or recommendations on how to integrate them quicker into the general courses within the school would be a help and considering that many new teachers may have had only minimal experience with it.  Though its important to have support from peers and administration, there are times when a person must be able to do it on their own.    A simple resource that helps a teacher find and implement a plan to use on their own or to remind them of a simple process is an effective way to help them improve there daily instruction.

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CO court rules public dollars should be used for public school students « Education Votes

CO court rules public dollars should be used for public school students « Education Votes | Education | Scoop.it
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I don't doubt that charter schools are needed but their overuse only serves to defund an already drained public system.  Spreading what little money is allocated to schools over more faculties will only cause them all to fail.  If the government and political parties are insisting on becoming involved in schools it only serves to reason that schools should make more of an effort to be involved in politics.  If a school system wants to effect serious change perhaps its schools and the administration should create positions that tackle the political end of funding.   

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