A 2013 survey published in the UK newspaper, The Guardian, has shown that children who read for pleasure not only have improved language and comprehension skills, greater empathy towards others but they also get, on average, better results in their exams later in their school life, even maths. Educators teach the technical aspects of reading, but it is parents who have the most influence when it comes to inspiring a love of reading. So, what can you do?
Winter break is a great time for students to relax, enjoy some freedom, and spend time with family and friends. However, keeping students busy, engaged and energized during this time requires some creative thinking and planning. Here you will find a few tips for keeping young minds active and learning during this holiday season.
Have you ever dreamed of being in a Broadway musical? Amazingly, that happened to one ambitious Concordia middle schooler. In this article, fifth grader Celine C. shares with us her experience as a cast member in the Broadway musical Evita, which was recently staged here in Shanghai Would you like to hear about it?
We all want to be heard and understood. Knowing that others are taking the time to actively listen to us helps build stronger bonds and more positive relationships with those around us. This rings especially true for young children, so it is important for parents to talk and listen to their child. In this article, early childhood teacher Anne Gribble shares ways to practice active listening that help strengthen bods and respect between parents and children.
In this article, high school teacher Dagne Furth with insights from a few university admissions counselors, explains why high school students should view service as more than a superficial activity.
If fostered early, a music education can lead to life-long learning. In this article, Concordia Middle School Choir Director Darcy Hendricks shares some of the countless cognitive benefits of studying music, from an academic and creative perspective and beyond.
Each spring, Concordia International School Shanghai hosts the Concordia World University Fair (CWUF), an event that gives high school students in Shanghai access to college reps and alumni from top universities around the globe. This year, in addition to the annual spring fair, the school will host a fall fair aimed at helping upper high school students further explore potential schools ahead of some of the early application deadlines.
The first priority we K-12 teachers have is to establish a positive relationship with all of our students. Our challenge is to prepare our students for a life of learning, growth, and collaboration in both formal and informal settings.To accomplish this task, we teach content and skills, model behaviors, and employ instructional strategies and tools that maximize the teaching/learning process and foster the teacher-student relationship.
An old African proverb states that “it takes a village to raise a child.” It has also been argued in more recent times that “it takes a family to raise a child.” But in the school environment, where we focus on education, what does it take? In reflecting on my experiences at Concordia, I believe the answer is clear— it takes a community to educate a child...
The 2019/2020 school year is off to a great start at Concordia International School Shanghai. We are extremely happy to have our returning families back with us this year, and we are excited to welcome many new faces to our school community...