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.
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 […]
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, […]
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
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
June 14, 2013
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
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
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
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