Changing School Culture, An Administrator’s Challenge

Alex S. Partos Upper School Principal Escola Americana Do Rio de Janeiro Often, people form impressions of a school from the moment they enter the front door. Do they feel welcome? Are they greeted in a friendly manner? Do students and teachers approach them and ask if they need help? Is the environment inviting? These are just a few of the many first impressions. Those of us who have been in the area of International Education have...

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STEM It Up!
Jul25

STEM It Up!

by Sarah Diaz Colegio Internacional Puerto la Cruz By now, most educators have heard the acronym STEM, standing for science, technology, engineering, and math. As more variations are being added (such as STEAM), teaching communities are often left wondering why this has become a big trend in education. What is the rationale for such a movement? Essentially, incorporating project-based learning through STEM develops creative thinkers...

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Encourage Healthy Habits in Preschoolers
Jul25

Encourage Healthy Habits in Preschoolers

MINI-OLYMPICS AT COLEGIO MENOR Article contributed by the Colegio Menor Play Group Core Teachers: Catalina Almeida, Catalina Bossano, Ana María Egas, Cynthia Erazo, Ana María Pólit, Verónica Rivadeneira, and Daniela Silva Childhood should be the start of a healthy lifestyle for a better adulthood. However, in our modern world many basic activities, like simple outdoor play, have been replaced by technology. Children are immersed in...

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Increasing Emotional Intelligence in International Teachers

By Amanda Sterk, Counselor, American Nicaraguan School As educators, we are continually focused on the needs of our students, parents, administrators, and our own family’s on a daily basis. At the end of the day, we are exhausted, stressed, overworked, and feeling, at times, under appreciated by the ones we serve. Add the pressure of living in an international setting where there are constant threats of natural disasters, political...

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The Challenges of Being the New Kid
Jul24

The Challenges of Being the New Kid

The Challenges of Being the New Kid: SEL Can Help Ramona Trevino and the Committee for Children Benji, a second-grader, lay face down on the floor, refusing to move, despite his teacher’s encouragement to join the class. “Nobody likes me! I don’t like it here!” he cried, throwing math counters across the room and further disrupting the class. Even though Benji was accustomed to international schools, he was obviously frustrated with...

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