Archive - 2016

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Designing Authentic Learning Environments and Spaces
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Educational Apps
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Supporting Mother Tongue
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Finnish Internship at MYIS
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Visiting The Construction Site
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Positive Parenting: Dengue Fever Prevention
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Loy Kratong Activities

Designing Authentic Learning Environments and Spaces

On Monday 14 November 2016, our academic staff embraced an exciting day of Professional Development at Magic Years International School. In true inquiry style, we began with a question, and not just any question, but one of the most crucial questions that educators need to ask themselves in order to ensure that they are providing their learners with access to the most appropriate real-life, day-to-day learning experiences.

“What is the Magic Years criteria for designing and creating learning environments and spaces?”

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Educational Apps

One certainty about a child’s schooling is that it does not end after school. The need to forge home-school connections is critical to support a student’s social and academic success. At Magic Years, we have come to learn that one way to build partnerships between home and school is through digital learning. Educational apps on tablets, iPads, and smartphones are a great way to extend learning to home, especially when students can make their learning visible with families.

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Supporting Mother Tongue

The IBO recommends that from at least the age of 7, all students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) have the opportunity to learn more than one language. At Magic Years International School, we nurture the development of complex language from the early years. We recognize the importance of bilingualism and strengthening our students’ home languages while at the same time learning the school’s medium of instruction in English.

Research shows that children who have a strong foundation in their home language are more successful at school than monolinguals and enjoy a greater feeling of self-worth and identity.UNESCO

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Finnish Internship at MYIS

Earlier this year, we were fortunate to receive a group of educators from the Raision Region Education and Training Consortium in Finland. Altogether three practicum students and their lecturer joined our teaching teams at Magic Years to learn from our educational approach and learning environments.

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Visiting The Construction Site

Primary Years students at Magic Years International School (MYIS) have taken an active role in learning about the construction of the new school campus, and following the construction updates. On November 11, 2015, they made a class visit to the new campus to view firsthand the progress.

Prior to visiting the campus, students met with members of the MYIS new campus architectural team to learn more about what skills are necessary to become an architect and how the design process unfolded in the construction of the new campus. Meeting with an Architect.

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Positive Parenting: Dengue Fever Prevention

You are invited to our Positive Parenting workshop on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 8:30am to 9:30am in the Gym Room. The focus of the workshop is “Dengue Fever” prevention.

The workshop will be hosted by a parent of Magic Years and member of the World Health Organization in Thailand, Dr. Deyer, who will share his expertise on how and where the Aedes mosquitoes breed and how we can best prevent the dengue virus. The Public Health Ministry in Thailand has predicted dengue fever cases will jump more than 16% this year, prompting us to host this workshop, so that we can work together to help protect our community.

The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session. We hope that despite the late notice many of you will still be able to attend this workshop offered by one of our school parents.

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Loy Kratong Activities

Loy Krathong, a traditional Thai festival, is celebrated annually at Magic Years and allows students, parents and teachers to connect with the home country and celebrate the Thai tradition of making krathongs, decorative flower baskets, and floating the krathongs to make a wish.

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