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? Following the research, homework does not change outcomes –motivation does. So naturally you will ask, how we as a school motivate the students?
Especially as the next piece of bad news shares that extrinsic motivation using grades, incentives and even praise, does not have an effect according to Kohn’s research – what works is intrinsic motivation which stems from curiosity and a deep interest in a question. At BBIS, we try hard not to kill the natural curiosity of children, and keep honouring the question, not just the answer. Inevitably, in certain learning situations some things cannot be avoided - like preparing for exams, a bit of homework, or receiving grades. What I hope is that your sons and daughters have a great week with you, following their interests – then it is time well spent.
With best wishes,
It was a joy to see Secondary School Student Council members, House Leaders and Class Reps from grade 6 to 12 working together during their leadership retreat on Monday. They collaborated on various Lego Serious Play challenges and analysed which skills they need to improve further as leaders.
After looking at Tuckman’s theory of group dynamics, Mr Gregory, who facilitated the workshop, had arranged Job-Alike sessions. This way, all of our student leaders met with principals, accountants, secretaries and event organisers to ask them about how to motivate and lead, and how to plan, finance and organise events.
The students applied some of what they had learned straight afterwards, when they met in groups to plan their next events.
The Berlin International Music Project - BIMP was founded in 2010 with the intention of creating a community music-making weekend with a quality Gala concert as a culmination. BIMP has developed over the past seven years and this year many schools from Berlin and Brandenburg will again be involved in the project. This intensive and fun music-making project gives young musicians the opportunity to meet and work with other singers and instrumentalists from the Berlin-Brandenburg area.
Our previous concerts were wonderful examples of what can be achieved when schools collaborate and pool their talented pupils.
BIMP 2017 will offer 5 ensembles:
• Junior Choir – grade 3 till 5 (age 8 till 10)
• Junior Orchestra - beginner/intermediate level – usually grade 3 till 5 (age 8 till 10)
• Senior Orchestra - Intermediate/advanced level – usually grade 6 and above (from age 11)
• Senior Choir - grade 6 and above (from age 11)
• Jazz/Pop Ensemble - Intermediate/advanced level - grade 6 and above (from age 11)
The BIMP ensemble rehearsals will take place from January till March 2017. All participants will join the practice weekend at BBIS on March 18 and 19, 2017.
The Gala Concert is scheduled for Sunday March 19, 2017 at BBIS, starting at 15.00.
Sign up link, rehearsal dates, contact and general information can be found on the BIMP website: Password – BIMP
Please, make sure that you sign up your child before the January 1st dead-line!
Don’t be a wimp - sign up for BIMP!
Please feel free to contact Ms. Panni Kovacs or Mette Holmark if you have any questions about BIMP 2017. More information will be published on our website and in future newsletters.
Yours in music,
Anna (Panni) Kovacs, BIMP Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mette Holmark, BIMP Co-coordinator, email@example.com
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