The Clear Desk
I have been encouraged to write this blog, which I hope you will enjoy.
The title "The Clear Desk" contains a double meaning, on accepting the position of Headmaster, I smugly asked the faculty to operate a 'clear desk' policy; I have to admit this is a standard that I have yet to fulfill myself. While my desk might be piled with paperwork, I do hope this blog gives a clear insight into my role as a Headmaster. My goal is for you to feel like you’re sitting in the Headmaster’s seat with me getting a firsthand look at the decision making that goes into creating a vibrant international community.
May 9, 2013
Sleep deprivation is a significant hidden factor in the underachievement of school pupils, according to a global study. This article shows us the importance of sleep and how it is essential for success! Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22209818
May 3, 2013
This application is absolutely fantastic if you want to play with music and beats with your class. You basically drop and drag beats and melodies onto characters from a band and they sing, rap etc. Its designed for children and a class favourite (and its free) http://www.incredibox.com
April 16, 2013
It is worrying that High School graduates may not be ready for college level work! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/nyregion/with-tougher-standardized-tests-a-reminder-to-breathe.html?_r=0 Inquiry based curriculum, critical skills and team work are essential for success in the C21st. BIS-NY has a lot of this right but we are always looking to sharpen and deepen our methods!
February 25, 2013
The big misunderstanding about MOOCs… http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-big-misunderstanding-about-moocs/2013/02/24/63ca3ca6-7e82-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_blog.html?tid=wp_ipad
February 11, 2013
A series of New York Times articles on kids’ brains and their uses of technology: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/timestopics/series/your_brain_on_computers/index.html
January 17, 2013
Please show your support of the school leaders speaking out against gun violence and visit: www.HOSAGV.org.
January 8, 2013
January 2, 2013
Interesting article in the guardian on teaching, schools and creativity. Definitely worth a read! http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/feb/10/teaching-sats
December 19, 2012
The English Speaking Union features BIS-NY pupils: http://www.esuus.org/esu/programs/middle_school_debate/NYDL/the_great_churchill_debate/
December 14, 2012
To wish us a Happy Holiday season, the British Consulate made this video, recreating scenes from Love Actually – featuring our very own BIS-NY choir! It even caught the attention of The Mirror (see the link below) Happy Holidays. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/love-actually-spoof-video-greeting-1485930#.UMlHMShCHtg.mailto http://youtu.be/kIhFQ3JkzNg