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 ...

Transform Yourself & Others in Service

What better way to partner up in a service activity than to share your skills and expertise in a fun and enjoyable activity, not only to help a partner in a real life challenge but also to learn much about yourself? This report from a recent edition of Tennis magazine highlights the transformative power of experiential learning in a service project. Three years ago, Ellie Carmody was looking for an enjoyable way to fulfill her school’s required service hours. As an avid tennis ...

empathy and youth

Two weeks ago, March 11 marked the third anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tohoku region in 2011. This date and this event resonates for me. Over 40 years of teaching English I have had the privilege to teach many Japanese students. Last August I had facilitated a CAS workshop in Japan. It was my first, long anticipated trip to this country. That trip and CAS workshop had me much more aware of the role that young people now ...

The Vacation Question

This week and throughout this month schools resume and students and teachers return after their summer, or winter, mid-year break. While we most often associate vacations with fun and not learning, Matt Davis is an educational blogger for Edutopia and he explores this dual feature in a post about student engagement over a holiday period. A common thread of conversation on the first day back in the schoolyard and in faculty room conversations is ‘the vacation question’, “What did you do in your ...