Language is a tool to unlock the world; we need language to construct meaning and, through communication, find our place in the different societies we are part of. The more languages we speak the more doors we can open, the more opportunities we discover.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a keynote by Alfie Kohn whose main research focus is motivation. In a well-known book, he has applied the question of motivation to schools in general and homework in particular. His message comes timely when we go on a week of holidays and when many parents will ask: Do you have any homework?
For most students, learning went on outside the class room this week. Whenever I read cv’s of applicants, also for admin positions, they are eager to stress how team oriented they are, but when we start talking about traits and examples, it very often boils down to good communication only, one element of team work but there is much more.
Sometimes during the admissions process I have the opportunity to talk with new parents about their expectations, and often the question of teacher qualification does come up. Of course, all our teachers have to be certified and go through a thorough recognition check by the German authorities. Equally (or more) important is what happens to teacher professional development once they are employed.
Three weeks into the school and trip week on the horizon make us hope that the beautiful weather just continues until end September! When your children go away with their teachers, they have a unique opportunity for both outdoor learning and social development as part of a group. This is why we insist that all students must participate – although as a parent it is not always easy to let them go.
Meeting all stakeholders regularly is a good BBIS tradition – what we call the “Director’s platform evening” consists of a topical focus, followed by all the questions you always wanted to ask.
Next time on 6 September, we will introduce our annual goals, talk in more detail about our academic initiative of “Making Thinking Visible”, and then I am happy to listen to (and hopefully answer) your questions.
"A blog….is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).” …says Wikipedia, and this is what you can expect from our Principals and me as the Director on our new website in future.