Bye, bye plastic bags (part 2) – “Work as a team. Define your goals. Walk the talk.”

"Students truly take ownership of a concept only by doing and experiencing it in practical terms. I believe international-mindedness is best taught by connecting with others around the globe or in the many different worlds to be found by stepping outside of accepted comfort zones in one’s back yard.” (Kris Kosaka, CAS Coordinator and teacher at Tamagawa Academy, Machida, Japan)  Some months ago I wrote a blog about the remarkable achievements of 2 young sisters who attend the Green School in Ubud (Bali) ...

Travel

I firmly believe that travel can offer many opportunities for growth in CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and international mindedness. Many schools now offer their students days or weeks off campus wherein there are activities to facilitate experiential learning in CAS, group 4 Science projects, as well as group 2 field studies. Whilst off site from the school & perhaps in a holiday mood & mode it's easy for 'the traveller' to miss those chances for interaction & reflection. How does travel, and in particular ...

Waiting

One week ago I had just finished facilitating a memorable CAS workshop at Prince Alfred College, Adelaide. I had checked out of the hotel early enough to allow me a few hours of airport time, waiting for my connecting flight to Melbourne. I was excited  - I had a ticket to the men’s semi-final match at the Australian Open that night – Thomas Berdych v’s the eventual tournament winner, Stan Wawrinka. I love airports, or more particularly watching people at airports. I ...