Leadership Blogs

The Feeling Child

Loris Malaguzzi wrote ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ in recognition of the multitude of ways in which they can express their ides, thoughts, feelings or frustrations. Children are complex thinkers and they feel the world in a genuine way. Happiness, fear, anxiety, anger and frustration are real emotions. When children are not following teacher directions or are ‘unsettled’ is it because they

Play is Learning

Play is Learning “There are many perspectives on what children’s play may look like, its content and purpose and the adult’s role within children’s play: from child-led play without an adult involvement through adult-directed play to play co-constructed by children and an adult.” (Andrews, 2012). So how does play promote learning? Play for children and adults is not always seen as

How is the environment the 3rd teacher?

How is the environment the 3rd teacher?  “We value space because of its power to organize, promote pleasant relationships among people of different ages, create a handsome environment, provide changes, promotes choices and activity, and provide the potential for sparking all kinds of social, affective, and cognitive learning. (Loris Malaguzzi, personal communication 1984) It is human nature to value and

Can Creativity be Learned?

21st Century Skills Can Creativity be Learned? Once creativity was seen as more to do with the creative arts – painting, drama, music or writing a novel and as such was not considered very important. But in the 21st century that has changed and creativity has become a critical work skill. It is now ranked number 3 on the World Economic Forum’s

What are 21st Century Skills?

Many authors have worked to describe the skills needed to ensure that young people will have the skills to be ready and adaptive to the world of the future. The greatest challenge is that the future is already upon us – what was science fiction is now our daily reality, and continues to change at an ever faster pace. There

Why 21st Century Skills?

Why 21st Century Skills? The world has changed a lot since the year 2000, in fact we expect change and new inventions as part of our daily lives and are not surprised to hear of plans like ‘first person on Mars by 2033’, ‘Denmark reaching 100% wind power generation’ or plans to ‘recreate the woolly mammoth from DNA’. A few

Bilinguals – Smarter and More Confident

Bilinguals – Smarter and More Confident Extensive research points to the significant benefits of having a bilingual brain. Bilingualism provides a unique and powerful opportunity to strengthen children’s highest cognitive brain potentials. Apart from feelings of greater self-confidence and self-perception, and having a highly valuable 21st century skill in the age of globalization, bilingualism has a direct impact on the functioning

IB and University Readiness

Many parents in China are starting to hear more about the International Baccalaureate, commonly know by its acronym IB, which boasts a range of services including both frameworks for teaching and learning and a pathway to international universities. The IB is not a new however. It is active in over 146 countries and works with more that 3,600 schools, with

Planning for our Children’s Futures

Planning for our Children’s Futures Applying the Global Goals for Sustainable Development Recently, a group of ORIGINS educators attended a presentation by Mr. Yong Zhao, author of Paradigm Shift: Why and How. Mr. Zhao purports that we must educate our children to be more human, creative, and entrepreneurial if we want them to be participants in a future world. Connecting the Global Goals

Are You Cooperative, Collaborative, or Both?

Are You Cooperative, Collaborative, or Both? Schools are communities: They are about people working together to develop ideas, structure learning and create connections. In order to do this successfully it is important to understand the dynamics behind ‘working together’. We need to co-operate AND collaborate. But what does this really mean? We encourage you to look at this graphic by

Walking the Talk: Living Your School’s Mission

Authentic Application of Guiding Statements As I transitioned to my new project with ORIGINS Education in Beijing (www.originsedu.cn), I was inspired by their Guiding Statements: Inspired to Wonder, Challenged to Explore, Supported to Create and Empowered to Connect.  I have a passion and curiosity about making connections between a school’s Guiding Statements and what I see when I walk around its campus(es). In my workshops on leadership

Conquerors of Knowledge

The Case of Young Language Learners Staying in contact with your former students is something that makes every teacher happy. When I received an e-mail written in English from my 8-year-old Korean student, I was over the moon. Especially when I remember his first day in Kindergarten when he did not speak English – his progress makes me really proud!

Informing Creative Leadership: Art, Technology & Design

Informing Creative Leadership: Art, Technology & Design ORIGINS Video Inspiration: John Maeda   It is widely accepted today that the future is vastly different from how it looked to our parent’s generation – a time when they worried about our educations: from school through university. The world we live in today is ever more populated with each passing minute. Abundance,

My Story: Caleb Archer

My Story: Caleb Archer Leadership Connections We often discuss the relational nature of learning and the impact a good educator can have on the lives of their students. The same is also true in leadership. A good leader impacts their staff both personally and in their professional practice. So, as I start contributing blogs and information into a public forum,

How Technology is Shaping the Future of Education

Planning for Our Children’s Futures What will your child’s future look like? Will your child’s future be the same as our world is now? Is your world the same as your parents’ was? Do current education systems prepare your child for a world twenty years from now? On Friday, ORIGINS Education Team members traveled to Beijing Normal University to attend

The Future is Being Created Now!

Discussions on the Future of Education At dinner with a group of friends last night as we were all catching up, early conversation focused on one of our friends in the automotive industry who had been very busy working 7 days a week. We felt sorry for him until we realized that meant attending last week’s CES (Global Consumer Electronics

Good Read: Comparing an IB Education

  In this edition of “ORIGINS Good Reads” we recommend an article for parents looking at international schools, which should help better understand the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. In the form of an interview, we hear from Devon Hsiao, a student with experience studying in Taiwan, the United States, and Beijing, now an undergraduate student in the US at the

Understanding Translanguaging

Understanding Translanguaging Speaking from Experience Growing up on a farm in southern Ontario, Canada, with Portuguese parents who had recently immigrated, learning to communicate in two languages was a necessary part of life with parents and extended family. My four brothers and three sisters spoke only English at school (and with each other), my parents only spoke Portuguese to us,

Hour of Code Spreads Worldwide

Hour of Code Spreads Worldwide More People Recognizing Anyone Can Learn This week was Hour of Code week – and coincided with an increase in activities in schools and other learning communities around the world, highlighting the importance of computer science, programming and coding. The Hour of Code campaign joins a very visible, loud and exponentially expanding global awareness about

Technology: the 4th Teacher

Technology: the 4th Teacher Designing for Learning in the Second Machine Age Introduction Apex International Academy and Innova Academy are two new schools being developed by ‘Origins Education’ and planning to open in August 2017, challenging themselves to reimagine education in the ‘Second Machine Age’ by designing engaging physical and virtual environments that support forward thinking pedagogies and build dynamic learning communities. We see technology

COLE Video Blog: Episode 3

COLE Video Blog: Episode 3 In this episode we talk about the “step back” we’ve taken to clarify the rationale for COLE – to be sure we are all on the same page, and to help define the scope of the project. Run time: 22 mins.

ORIGINS Attends EARCOS Facilities Conference

Management teams share progress, develop together From November 17-19, ORIGINS attended the 5th annual Facilities Management Conference, co-hosted by Shanghai American School and Concordia International School of Shanghai. This year, 15 participants convened for the 3-day conference, including ORIGINS Education, International School of Beijing, Singapore American School, Seoul Foreign School, Kuala Lumpur International School, United Nations International School of Hanoi,

Is Your Child’s English Development on Track?

Is Your Child’s English Development on Track?  Determining your family’s “right language-fit” English language schools have grown considerably over the past 10 years with the increasing demand for English in China, and world-wide. Since English is the preferred language for employment in aviation, media, computer programming, diplomacy and tourism, parents are looking to provide their children with advantages needed for

The fun way to build skills for life

Play-Based Learning The fun way to build skills for life Background: Why Play-Based Learning?  The play-based learning movement, now commonly found in the teaching philosophies and practices of schools around the world, has been developed from: an understanding of the processes involved in children learning the basic skills needed to support complex learning, and an understanding of how students develop

Design Matters Leadership Reflection

Shaping Next Generation Learning Spaces  I believe that a quality education relies on a learning eco system where the physical, virtual and human elements all work together to enhance learning and prepare learners for their future roles. As part of preparing the physical environment ORIGINS Education recently finished a big interior design project, and it was hard – satisfying when

Computational Thinking in the Early Years

In education, Computational Thinking refers to developing behavioural traits and linking skills used across a given curriculum to support students in patterning, sequencing, planning and processing, and then in evaluating problems or constructing ideas and projects. Ultimately, the value in developing these thinking skills and potential in application of traits is vast, and in no way limited to just coding

Focus on the Student Learner

Understanding Student Centered Learning What are we talking about? Student centered learning is the catchphrase of many a mission statement in schools; it is a term used by journalists and educators, and truthfully, it can mean different things to different people. In plain language, student centered learning essentially connects teaching practice with a recognition of the value of the individual,

Kids as Leaders – Today!

Why we should be focusing on leadership and action today, not developing leaders for tomorrow. In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. -http://www.globalgoals.org/ The United Nations Global Goals provide a strong push for all humanity,

What is Extensive Reading and Why is it Important?

As the industry develops its understandings of how reading skills and language skills (in mother tongue and additional languages) are developed, we understand that fluency and comprehension are key factors. Kieran Donaghy in his article “Seven Benefits of Extensive Reading for English Language Students” explains that developing fluency and language by reading many easy texts (extensive reading) is as important

Learning Spaces Asia

Future Generation Learning Spaces The future is unfolding in real time before us, but technology and globalization are creating change at such a rapid and exponential rate that we have come to accept that we cannot predict what the life in 10 years will be like, let alone what it will be like when people celebrate the dawn of the

Reimagining Learning

It is always exciting to attend Learning2 conference and, even though this was my third time, the inspiration was no less present than on previous occasions. We even had a participant in my cohort who openly stated that he had come with a ‘skeptic’ mind but was clearly impressed with the quality, suitability and standard of learning which took place during

BEED Presentation: Environments for Learning Communities

BEED Presentation: Environments for Learning Communities On Thursday, May 19, John McBryde presented “Environments for Learning Communities” on behalf of Origins Education at the beed.asia conference at the Marriott – Beijing Northeast. Slides from the presentation are available for download by clicking the link below: Beed – Environments for Learning Communities Slides (8.4MB)

Environment, the Third Teacher

Environment, the Third Teacher Some 75 years ago after the end of World War 2, educator Loris Malaguzzi and the community of the village of Regio Emelia decided it was time for a new approach to Early Years and Elementary education. Their approach continues to inspire educators around the world – particularly early years educators. But there have been many

BEED Presentation: Environments for Learning Communities

BEED Presentation: Environments for Learning Communities On Thursday, May 19, John McBryde presented “Environments for Learning Communities” on behalf of Origins Education at the beed.asia conference at the Marriott – Beijing Northeast. Slides from the presentation are available for download by clicking the link below: Beed – Environments for Learning Communities Slides (8.4MB)

Designing Technology Infrastructure for Transformational Learning Spaces – part 1

Designing Technology Infrastructure for Transformational Learning Spaces – part 1 The definition of ‘transformational learning’ that resonates with my personal approach is: Transformative learning is the expansion of consciousness through the transformation of basic worldview and specific capacities of the self; transformative learning is facilitated through consciously directed processes such as appreciatively accessing and receiving the symbolic contents of the unconscious and

Designing Technology Infrastructure for Transformational Learning Spaces – part2

Designing Technology Infrastructure for Transformational Learning Spaces – part2 We cannot afford to not include an ubiquitous, agile and integrated technology infrastructure as one of the top priorities when designing new schools today or refurbishing old ones. It simply cannot be an after-thought as it mostly has been in the past. Tech infrastructure has to be included in the designs from day one! messy

Focus on Learning – The Challenge of Integration

Focus on Learning – The Challenge of Integration As educators our role is to champion learning. Everyday I see educators, themselves life long learners, striving to pass on a love of learning and maintain the wonder that people feel, no matter what age, when they gain an understanding of something new. The way educators go about that task and the

Balance, Technology and Learning

Balance is important. We are all well aware of this fact! We talk about it all the time in our everyday lives. We mention it in reference to food we eat, hours of the day we spend working and resting, money we earn and spend. Balance is tightly integrated in human systems. What reminded me importance of balance is an article published

Racing to the Future

Racing to the Future Apex International Academy presented “Racing to the Future” at the “Internationalised Primary and Secondary Education” conference organised by the NCCT – Ministry of Education and hosted by the Nansha School in Nansha, Guangzhou on November 21. The presentation reflects on the nature and rapid pace of change in the 21st century, marked by increasing interconnectedness and