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  • The Clear Desk

    Dear Reader,

    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.

    Enjoy!

    MYP IB World School Authorization

    January 13, 2014

    The British International School of New York is proud to announce that is has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School for its Middle Years Program. BIS-NY was authorized as a PYP school back in 2009 and is delighted that its students now benefit from the global perspective and the inquiry based philosophy of the I.B. throughout their journey at BIS-NY. Our IB Authorization is a magnificent achievement. We are now an IB World School form Nursery to Eighth Grade […]

    Craigholme Choir

    October 15, 2013

    It is always enjoyable and rewarding when our BIS-NY pupils get to interact with children from other schools. Earlier this month, BIS-NY welcomed the Craigholme School’s “Festival Choir” for a visit at BIS-NY as they performed all over New York City on their tour. Craigholme is a top private school in Glasgow, Scotland and their all girl’s choir are exceptional. Whilst at BIS-NY they performed an exciting set for our students at and then were accompanied to Central Park by Mr. McWilliams, […]

    International Baccalaureate: Are we ready for the toughest exams in the world?

    September 23, 2013

    The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) is featured in the news! This interesting article examines the MYP program, looking into whether or not it could become more prevalent in the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/international-baccalaureate-are-we-ready-for-the-toughest-exams-in-the-world-8180728.html

    The Amateur Architect

    This article looks at ‘The Amateur Architect’ camp in NYC and features our very own Livia Brody. Check it out! http://curbed.com/archives/2013/08/01/a-look-at-swanky-rooftops-as-designed-by-middle-schoolers.php

    NYS Common Core testing:

    June 14, 2013

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/the-common-core-whos-minding-the-schools.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Social and Emotional Learning

    June 6, 2013

      The Missing Piece — How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-bridgeland/social-and-emotional-learning_b_3274283.html

    Water Aid America!

    May 28, 2013

    BISNY Second-Graders Walk for Water: The second graders at BIS-NY after learning about the water, wanted to support WaterAid in their mission to create a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. “The children decided that they wanted to not just raise money, but to improve awareness and empathize with the way people without water would feel. They agreed to walk for water just like kids without water do.” http://www.wateraidamerica.org/get_involved/community_fundraising/british_international_school_of_new_york.aspx

    A fun application

    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

    Article: Students Face Tougher Tests That Outpace Lesson Plans

    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!  

    MOOCs Article

    February 25, 2013

    Massive Open Online Courses, otherwise known as “MOOCs” have been under much scrutiny recently. In this article, educator Larry Cuban explores why people misunderstand the potential of 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