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BISS Puxi Teachers 'Sharpen the Saw' at the China Regional Conference

22 November 2013

Stephen Covey, in his book “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People” talks about the need to find time to “sharpen the saw” if we are going to be able to keep working at our best.

In our case, as teachers, this means making sure that we are up to date with changes in education, and equipping ourselves with new techniques and ideas that we can use in the classroom to continue to get the best out of every child and young person here.

Last Friday, while students enjoyed the start of a long weekend designed to help their energy levels at this stage of term, all our teachers spent the day at our Nord Anglia Education regional conference in Pudong.  We were challenged by two keynote speeches focused on the leading edge of education.  The first, from Professor Deborah Eyre, our Director of Education, kept us thinking about the latest in High Performance Learning and how it can produce remarkable outcomes in all students.  It paved the way for a series of workshops where colleagues from different schools in our family shared example of practice that they had found success with, so that we could all put new ideas into our day to day teaching.

The second talk, from author and distinguished educationalist David Price OBE, was about the way that technology is transforming education. This was an inspirational provocation and call to arms to embrace the way that the next generation – the digital natives – will work with technology.  Shakespeare coined the phrase ‘a brave new world’ – we know as teachers that we must help our students to be more sophisticated learners and more fluent with technology than our generation so that they can success in it.  Our conference last week left all of us excited about the prospects and better equipped to help our young learners along their journey into the future.

Stuart White, Vice-Principal