Blog: May 2015

Changing Language = Change

May 27, 2015

What do we hope to accomplish in a workshop? Of course we want to engage the participants, to open minds to new ideas. To discover connections with teaching strategies that can be easily adapted. However how do we know this has occurred? As is the nature of consulting, I arrive—I consult in whatever form we […]

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With the pressure of exams, why do Service Learning? A World of Responses!

May 21, 2015

It all began at Wellington College in England, a beautiful and historic school serving children age 13 through high school graduation. On May 20, 2015, a conference on Service Learning was arranged for educators from schools in England and beyond—we had two attendees from Transylvania. I led the attendees through a full day of ideas […]

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When hours are associated with service and service learning . . .

May 19, 2015

. . . students are often more mindful about completing their hours than being motivated by addressing a significant cause or issue. With hours we are reducing student capability to be self-directed and self-determined to fulfill a program expectation. We are letting them know we are not assured they have the intrinsic motivation to take […]

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FAQs on the Road: Who needs to have the idea?

May 12, 2015

Who needs to have the idea? I often hear this question as I present in various settings. There is the appearance that all teachers want the students to have the idea that leads them on the journey to service learning. This is only partially true however. As much as teachers would like this, we all […]

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The Schools in Cua Van in Ha Long Bay are Closed

May 5, 2015

Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. A destination for tourists who board day or one-two night boats for sailing through this unusual location. Some more adventurous folks find there way to rock […]

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A Question about Sheep

May 4, 2015

In January, Clayton Heggie, a teacher at The Bradbury School in Hong Kong contacted me for service learning resources on behalf of a cohort of PYP educators (Primary Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate). This resulted in my recent day long visit to The Bradbury School plus a daylong workshop for many PYP schools hosted […]

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The Importance of Action Research

May 1, 2015

For many students, indeed for many of us, we have adopted this equation: RESEARCH = GOOGLE . . . or another so called “search engine.” That’s the exact issue – these are “search engines,” not research engines. If a person is doing a strict literature review, than a search engine is ideal. However for “research,” […]

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