The Introduction of The International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) Benchmarking at SVP.
One of the most important questions for teachers and parents is, “How is mychild doing?”. A related question is “Compared to what?”, “Compared to UjianNasional?”, “Compared to other National Plus schools?” Since SVP uses an International curriculum we need to use an external assessment based on international standards. We will therefore, introduce an external benchmark test using the the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA). Continue reading
There is a raft of new regulations pertaining to schools and education in Indonesia. I do not intend to go into the politics of why or how, rather that they are now signed into law and that schools must comply. (despite the number of people who think that a bribe or work around will suffice, as they have in the past most schools are finding many aspects of these new regulations challenging)
For instance, one of the most obvious changes is that word ‘International’ is no longer permitted, as of Dec 1st 2014, for any school in Indonesia. Jakarta International School and British International School are two of the biggest, or most high profile schools, and they have already changed their names to Jakarta Intercultural School and British School, Jakarta. Continue reading
Question: What do leading teachers do in their spare time ?
Answer: Lead sessions to share their expertise with other teachers wanting to learn.
Late last year the Dunia IB Networks hosted our annual IB Teachers’ Conference, which has been billed as one of the largest grassroots IB teachers’ conferences anywhere in the world, “Leading a session about Thinking Routines at the IB Dunia Teachers’ Conference 2014 hosted by Jakarta International School.” Continue reading
We have recently been researching a number of articles that discuss the use of Yoga balls in the classroom to replace chairs. Ms. Bardwell’s class at Forest City Elementary School sit on Yoga Balls during lessons and she reports that she is noticing a difference in the students behaviour and concentration. (Teacher ditches chairs for yoga balls in class, sees student improvement) and Principal, Pam George, of Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville, Illinois, said that’s one of the reasons they are pleased with the ball chairs is that they are reasonable cost effective compared to good chairs, but they have the added benefit of improving concentration as well as assisting with students good posture. Early concerns about kids playing on them or distracting others proved unfounded, she said in Exercise Balls in the Classroom? Continue reading