Emily Merritt discusses apathy and the voice of youth in politics. Meanwhile, while Todd Amatayakul is rewriting the age-old question ‘What do you want to be?’ into ‘How can you impact NOW?’ They share surprising moments of being chosen, some TEDx B-side topics, and secrets of living your passion to keep you balanced.
Todd Amatayakul is a 17-year-old studying at International School Bangkok. His recent works with entrepreneurial projects in the educational toy field have led to his interest in youth empowerment. Through this newfound passion, he had the opportunity to work with youth in international schools around Bangkok.
Emily Merritt is a 16-year-old British-American who has lived in Eastern Asia for most of her life. She loves learning new things and solving problems, and hopes to apply these passions through education in the physical sciences.
Using the power of images and video, Kayleigh highlights the emotion of the issue and brings its reality to our doorstep.
Kayleigh is an experienced photographer, graphic designer and communications specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit industry. See her work on her website: www.kayleighghiot.com
Comparing the classic Meyers-Briggs test with a new 4-category indicator, how do we know if our roles in life are the right ones?]]>
As we progress through life and work to do interesting and helpful things, natural obstacles appear along the way. Sometimes we know those obstacles will be there and other times we are surprised by them. Rob Tyler, ISB’s business development specialist, encountered both expected and unexpected obstacles and he worked to climb Denali in Alaska, USA last June.
Rob shares his story and helps us understand that while climbing brings him a sense of control, sometimes it is those elements beyond your control that gives you the most pause and opportunity to reflect.
Rob spends a lot of time mountaineering and trekking and in June 2019, he spent three weeks attempting to summit Denali in Alaska.
Rob is a Canadian-born British raised in Hong Kong. A business developer at heart, he worked in the private sector in a number of environments ranging from hostile (Afghanistan and Yemen) to exciting emerging markets like Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.
We look at care-taking, shared responsibilities, and how empathy affects gender roles.]]>
We take a look at the critically-acclaimed film, “The Joker” and its award-winning performance by Joaquin Phoenix.]]>
We talk about how to use tech tools and change perceptions in managing your ‘busy-ness’.]]>
We share moments of building confidence and how imperfections can actually help. Strive for excellence, but plan for –and learn from– mistakes.]]>
Phil Bowman, my guest today, talks about this Mario Framework. A framework designed for learning support classrooms and teachers.
Philip Bowman is a learning support teacher in his ninth year at International School Bangkok. His career in special education began over 14 years ago, shortly after being diagnosed as an adult with ADHD. Drawing on his personal experiences with ADHD and varied background in science, research, liberal arts, special education, motivation, mindfulness, and video games, he created an empathetic and playful approach to learning support that focuses on sustainable results through personalized learning.
Philip believes that, in addition to in-class support, all students with exceptionalities should have access to effective learning support classes that target overall learning and life-long success. He recently founded the MARIO Framework to help further this mission by providing a shared space for learning support teachers to build and/or improve their own ideal classroom.]]>
You may have wondered what a typical day “out there” looks like. Stan and Ryan share the mission behind the program along with the daily activities that take place there every week.
Stan (Erin Stanley) is one of the teachers in the Wild Panthers Outdoor Education team. She previously worked as an environmental educator and has spent 13 years working with students on outdoor trips. Stan believes that experiential learning and exploring can be a key to understanding and developing for all learners.
Ryan Moran worked for a number of years in the field of outdoor education in the USA (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Colorado) mostly providing people with disabilities opportunities in the outdoors.
Following that, he was a Grade 5 teacher for eleven years in Colorado, USA, Belgrade, Serbia and Beijing, China.]]>
Lori Boll and Beth Sauers help us to understand what Social Thinking is and how it can be used in our classrooms to help improve student social skills, communication and behaviors.
Beth Sauers, M.A., CCC- SLP is a New York State licensed and American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). She has had over 11 years of experience practicing as a school-based SLP, working with students in grades PreK-12. Beth began her career in her hometown of Rochester, New York, U.S.A., and then made the exciting transition to international teaching in 2016. She has experience working collaboratively to evaluate and provide services for a variety of speech and language needs, such as: receptive/expressive language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, written language, social communication, speech sound production, fluency (stuttering and cluttering), auditory processing, executive functioning, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and voice. Beth has provided professional learning to university students, families, and community members, with topics including: the role of the school-based speech-language pathologist, supporting language skills, stuttering, vocal health, and social thinking skills.
Lori Boll is an experienced Special Education leader with a personal connection to individuals with disabilities.
In 2003, Lori’s son Braden was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This milestone event changed her focus from teaching elementary students to advocating for all children and their education.
In Shanghai, China Lori worked as a program director for a school focused on students with special needs and went on to co-found the first inclusive school in the city. Currently, Lori is running the new Intensive Needs Program which opened up at International School Bangkok in August, 2017.
Lori has two graduate degrees; one in Reading Education and the other in Special Education and has been teaching for over twenty years in international schools, including American International School Riyadh, Jakarta International School, and Concordia International School, as well as in the United States in California and Colorado.
Amy Smith, my guest today, provides us with a better understanding of student mental health and what we, as parents, can do to better communicate with our children and be there for them.
Amy is a Health & Wellness teacher at the Hong Kong International School as well as a consultant and education editor for Choices, Scholastic’s health & life-skills magazine for teens.]]>
Or maybe you just want to know more about Friday popcorn.
Either way, President Selma Benmoussa and Graphic Designer and Social Media Coordinator for Touchstone magazine, Emi Tokai are my guests today. They get down to the details of all the great things the PTA does for the ISB community.]]>
ISB has its own version of the design cycle and the school is working to increase the community’s understanding of what it is and how to apply it in the classroom and other school structures.
Jacob “Jake” Ortwein and Iwan “Iwan” Meaker discuss the design cycle and bring a ton of clarity to how it all works and fits into our work lives.]]>
In this episode, I talk with ISB Marketing Director Shelley Bragg about how marketing works at ISB. We get into banding, visions, ideas, channels and a ton of other things.]]>
Fiona Hamilton is the founder of wordtorque, located in Bangkok. She believes all educators deserve the opportunity to deepen their own understanding of English orthography. New insights will help each teacher, from K-12, be more effective in doing what they love most – empowering students.
Michelle Muller Ihrig
While never having intended to run a school cafeteria, I’ve been managing the food services at ISB for 8 1/2 years. My professional background is in sales, key account management and client services. With a passion for good and healthy food, especially at schools, I am able to combine my skill set to match perfectly with this position. Because continual growth is something I value, most recently I have added an ICF ACC Life Coaching Certificate to my credentials, further supporting my communication and team management skills. I’ve got 2 awesome boys ages 17 and 19, who are my first most passion. I feel very grateful to be a part of this international community.
Linda Edie and Ed Haggen visit with us and share hard-earned knowledge from their team-teaching classroom. Just ahead of the Learning 2.0 conference where they’ll be presenting on “Shared Spaces, Shared Students, and Shared Practices”, they are sharing!
Linda Eide is in her 7th year of teaching at ISB, and is passionate about collaborating with others to improve student learning. She has previously worked in Singapore, Beijing, Manila and Seattle.
Ed has taught grades 1 through 6 over the last 19 years. This is his 6th year at ISB. He is passionate about engaging and learning with learners through choice and voice. He loves traveling with his family and spending time outdoors.]]>
Today I talk with ISB Psychologists Ryan Ruhl and Matt Johnson about their roles here at ISB. We jump into how student support services work and what types of support students are in need of today.
I am in my 2nd year as the Elementary School Psychologist at ISB. Originally from North Dakota, I previously worked as a School Psych in Bend, OR, the home of many other famed ISB teachers, namely Mike Boll. I live here in Nichada with my wife, Colleen, and two-year-old son, Toren.
I grew up in Washington State in the USA. After completing my undergrad degree in education, I moved abroad to teach in Budapest. After 6 years of classroom teaching, I returned to the USA and did graduate school at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. My work in public schools was as an Intervention Specialist and School Psychologist. I moved back overseas and lived in Guangzhou, China, New Delhi, India, and now Bangkok, Thailand. Some passions of mine that are outside of education are cycling, climbing, and skiing.]]>
Colleen Coady has been in education for 25 years. As a school counselor, one of her main interests is supporting students and families with mental health issues. She is an MS counselor at ISB.
Jackie Valenzuela is an HS counselor at ISB. Prior to this, she was a mental health counselor in private practice working specifically with adolescents.]]>