Month: September 2018

September 24, 2018 Island Teacher

This article offers an interesting perspective on the importance of conceptual understanding. So often teachers focus too heavily on procedural understanding. Concept-based mathematics Teaching for deep understanding in secondary schools Jennifer Wathall Maths anxiety , Head of Mathematics at Island School, Hong Kong suggests in a new book that the…

September 20, 2018 Island Teacher

High-quality Textbooks – A luxury Or An Essential? High-quality textbooks and teaching methods are increasingly seen by many curriculum experts as an essential part of ingredients for quality learning outcomes. However, that is not a view that is universal. You only have to look at blog articles bemoaning the use…

September 15, 2018 Island Teacher

One year ago Hurricane Irma brought terrible destruction to the British Virgin Islands and other islands in its path. Many jurisdictions have not fully recovered. The meteorologist Jeff Masters is one of the most respected meteorologists in America. His research on the historic hurricane off the Lesser Antilles Islands in…

September 8, 2018 Island Teacher

One of the first environmental books I read was Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology, by the renowned author and thinker Francis Schaeffer. I was given an old yellowed copy of the book about 30 years ago.   At the time of writing his book back in…