After having a few technical problems which caused us to have a break in the podcast schedule last week, we returned to a conversation with Darlene Fisher who is Director of Education at the SKOLA group of International Schools. Darlene has 35 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. She has spent the last 6 years in Instanbul at an International Baccalaureate school. Darlene has been involved with the IB for a significant amount of time as a teacher and an examiner. Now she has started to work with SKOLA to set up a new school in the UK and is also continuing her own studies as a doctoral student studying international education.
Darlene sees some differences between learning in an international school and, for example, a ‘national’ school in the UK. International schools are all about a combination of local and international focus. The emphasis is on understanding the world as a whole. Local history and national cultures are valued as well, of course.
Multilingualism is very important in international schools – there is the expectation that, in order to live in a global world, you need to know someone else’s language to be able to communicate and understand the differences in culture.
In order to emphasise the importance of networking with others across the world, all students in international schools work with others in different countries.
The Multi-Surface Classroom – ‘5 Surfaces’
The new school Darlene is setting up is Newland College in Buckinghamshire. Part of its teaching approach is called 5 Surfaces.
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