Welcome to my Blog
Much happens at AISB that goes unnoticed, or is very visible and is never commented upon. We send out regular newsletters, but often the day-to-day minor improvements get lost. Thus, in the months to come, this blog will give me an opportunity to communicate more detailed updates on the running of this school. I will regularly be posting updates and, whenever needed, in emergencies. All posts will allow comments, and I encourage you to participate in the discussions at hand. To do so, click on the title of the blog post and scroll down to the end.
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Over the past few weeks we have presented to students, parents, faculty and staff our ideas and plans for the proposed Design and Engineering Centre. You will all have received a brochure, STEP INTO THE EXTRAORDINARY, (http://www.aisb.ro/capital-campaign/) that outlines the curriculum expectations and plans for re-designing the space vacated by the Early Childhood classrooms when they move to the new building at the start of the next academic year. This space will be a giant leap forward in preparing our children to be more engaged in their learning and inspiring them in the fields of creativity and future employment. This uniquely designed, innovative space with a new way of teaching and learning, will offer students a fully immersive experience. This will be a state of the art learning hub that will combine academics and creativity with the power of doing.
Technology, through social media, video games, and virtual reality, is increasingly directing us away from experiencing the everyday world; the Design and Engineering Centre’s objective is to reverse this trend by using technology to help us better understand the world around us, to solve everyday problems through experiential learning and use our innate creativity to improve our quality of life. There has been much discussion in educational quarters on 21st Century thinking, but little has been done to achieve the objectives. Such a framework of thinking centers on ‘creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration’.
(Framework for 21st Century Learning – P21; www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework)
Importantly, “Creativity is not the opposite of discipline and control. On the contrary, creativity in any field may involve deep factual knowledge and high levels of practical skill. Cultivating creativity is one of the most interesting challenges for any teacher. It involves understanding the real dynamics of creative work”
I absolutely agree with the above framework; our education at AISB should follow this dictum.
- Fundamental subject knowledge and skills must be learnt – traditionally the 3R’s – reading, writing, arithmetic; coupled with interdisciplinary and cross-curricula conceptual analysis
- The 4C’s – creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration
- Life and Career skills
- Information, media and technology skills
So, for us to provide an environment that affords our students opportunities to create, innovate and be inspired, we need our community’s help, in every possible way. We need your support through your expertise, through your contacts, through your financial resources, and most importantly, through your personal time to become engaged in this project.
We are sure that this culture of change will guide our school through its next stages of development and create an educational environment that is more than just a school; our students’ hopes, aspirations and triumphs depend upon it.
Last week we reported to the community the feedback from the Parent Survey that was undertaken at the end of the last academic year. As with last year’s survey, the participation rate was marvelous and I would like to thank all of you who contributed your thoughts and comments. Such feedback is very important for […]
The more I read and witness the rapid changes that are evolving around us, I am convinced that ‘average’ will not get anyone very far in life. In a recent article, the Financial Times reporting on the boom in robotics investment in 2015 (http://on.ft.com/26NvonM) made it clear that manufacturing is increasingly, indeed almost exponentially, becoming […]
The world around us is changing rapidly, almost too quickly for my liking, but those who stand still will be left behind as we track towards the future. The current campus has not really changed in the past sixteen years, whilst the world has. For our students to thrive and succeed, we will embrace change, […]
About a year ago I wrote something on free speech, that was published, if I remember correctly, in ‘The Underground’, but it seems to have gone largely unheeded. So without succumbing to the temptation of repeating myself, I will state my thoughts in a wider context and perhaps be rather more explicit in my expectations. […]
As we plan to improve and change our educational offerings the key to any vision of the future lies in our ability to predict what knowledge, skills and concepts will be needed by coming generations of students. I am firmly of the belief, from what I read and understand of our world changing, at a […]
We often talk about the AISB community and how important it is in the life of past, present and even future students. Whilst we need feedback and help from alumni and parents, there is an onus on the school to provide information that invites discussion and presents data that has the potential to maximize the […]
Every great school is replete with great teachers; teachers are the face of the school and they put the Mission and Vision into action in the classroom. Everyone understands the importance and effect of teachers on producing a successful learning environment. But how we resource our teachers, the quality of the educational materials, the depth […]
Dear Parents, The start of the school year is always a busy time as changes to the campus come to completion and orientation sessions for new and returning faculty turn towards welcoming students for the first day of school. You will have received a number of emails from the Admissions Office detailing such changes, but […]