Pandemic Coping Strategies: Lessons from Living Abroad

The coronavirus outbreak over the last few months has been an unbelievably stressful time for all of us. We are all trying to react, adjust and cope with an entirely unprecedented situation that is affecting everyone around the planet. In my work with, and experience as an, international school teacher(s), I have been really fortunate…

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6 Weeks & Counting: Lessons from COVID-19 School Closures

It’s hard to believe it’s already been six weeks since schools in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam closed due to COVID-19. As the pandemic spreads, schools in every other region in the world are beginning to follow suit. Although this situation is very stressful, often confusing and pretty scary for all of us, those that…

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School’s Closed, But Learning Doesn’t Have to Stop

If you’re currently living in the Asia region, you’ve probably been impacted by the #coronavirus. Most of my friends and colleagues who are working in international schools in China are dealing with long-term, indefinite school closures. And, here in Bangkok, schools are getting prepared for potential interruptions as well. But, of course, that doesn’t mean…

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Moving #beyondlaptops…

Last week was a busy one at YIS. We had our first Digital Citizenship Week, with tons of great learning and reflection opportunities for our middle school students (more to come on this later), two meetings (Tues night & all day Saturday) of our YIS COETAIL cohort, and our #beyondlaptops mini-conference. Needless to say, by…

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Advice from an Expert: Dr. Mary Hayden on Measuring 1:1 Sucess

Last year, YIS implemented a┬áVisiting Scholars Program, which basically means that YIS is willing to host educational researchers looking to conduct research in an international school context. Naturally, our very first visiting scholar was Dr. Mary Hayden, the leading expert, author and researcher on international schools. (Can you tell I’m a big fan? I have…

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