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A Fun Way To Get Students Engaged In Great
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Smart Classroom Management: A Fun Way to Get Students Engaged in Discussions One of the challenges of group work is getting students to actively participate in discussions.


Smart Classroom Management: A Fun Way to Get Students Engaged in Discussions One of the challenges of group work is getting students to actively participate in discussions.
Providing clear expectations and compelling topics help, to be sure.
So does modeling what group learning should look like. But it's not always enough. Many students struggle with what to say.
They become self-conscious and tongue-tied outside of their circle of friends and family.
They have it inside, but just don't know how to get it out.
It takes practice.
What follows is an easy way to get students to open up and engage in generous, give-and-take conversations.
It's a game of sorts that takes just a few minutes and can be used as a warm-up activity or a lesson unto itself. It's also a lot of fun.




Here's how it works:
Form groups.
Mix your students randomly into groups of three or four and be sure to switch them often. The greater variety of people they work with, the more comfortable they'll become.
Although sitting around a table or cluster of desks is okay, the act of standing tends to encourage more animation, which is a key reason the strategy is effective.
Choose one ET and one translator.
Have each group select one person to pretend to be an extraterrestrial who has just arrived on Earth, and one person to be a translator who speaks the ET's language. The object of the game is for the one or two other students to try and learn as much about the ET as they can. The ET may pantomime all they want, but must otherwise speak in gibberish.
The person playing the translator can try to understand what the ET is trying to convey, but will otherwise make up the rest. (This aspect makes the activity particularly fun.)

Turn them loose.
Depending on your grade level, you may want to show what the game looks like by modeling it with a few volunteers. Offering examples and ideas can also be helpful. However, I've found that it's often best just to turn them loose. Give them the gist of the activity and then let them run with it.

After a few minutes, call for their attention and allow them to switch roles.
Try it without a translator.
A variation of the game is to remove the translator. See if they can communicate using only movements, expressions, and body language.
Although the ET may act out how they crash-landed or got lost on the way to another solar system or are looking for their droid, it's important that they accompany their enactments with their extraterrestrial speech.
Tone of voice can provide an important clue to understanding.

Why It Works
The ET game is an improvisational exercise that has a unique way of drawing students out of their shell. The fun, creative nature of the activity helps overcome feelings of shyness and self-doubt and frees them to relax and just be themselves.
It teaches them to focus on the speaker using their full array of senses, and to be clear and expressive when it's their turn to talk.
The result is that the quality and energy of their group discussions will improve.
After just one session of playing the game, you'll notice an increase in participation. You'll notice an eagerness to share their thoughts and ideas and to listen to each others' point of view.
They'll make eye contact and nod their heads. They'll gesture emphatically and assert themselves with greater conviction.
They'll be better communicators.


AIAA School Visits - 2016

The American International Accreditation Association has conducted a myriad of provisional and full accreditation visits to schools offering international programs.


The purpose is to meet and discuss school profiles and future expansion plans with the intent to improve the quality of students learning.
AIAA team members assure to provide global insights and venues for meeting international standards in education. With a vision to promote quality education at local and worldwide scale, a diverse team with multicultural experiences visited schools located at different Egyptian governorates including Hurghada, New Cairo, Katameya, Tanta and many others.

During the visits, AIAA team members have discussed quality standards with school leadership and community. Meetings and interviews were conducted with all school community including teachers, parents, and students to discuss opportunities for improvement. Moreover, classroom observations were part of the visit to learn about students' educational context and observe students engagement level.



Finally, recommendations are provided to schools to facilitate decision making process and continuous development.


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School Management

Edu Systems International provides management and consultancy services to educational institutions seeking quality management educational systems.


Our team consists of individuals who are not only highly skilled but rather passionate about education. Over many years of building and managing international schools, ESI is working closely with Nile Sons International School to:
• Establish quality management system in place
• Find and recruit the best educators
• Provide access to high quality school materials and supplies
• Provide a continuously updated curriculum that is customized to meet your students' educational needs
• Guide the school through accreditation protocols
• Give access to our reporting and communication systems for first-hand assessment and guidance
• Promote professional and educational staff growth through on-site consultations, and community collaboration

Nile Sons International School is ready to enroll students for the academic year 2016-2017 at the American and British program. School leadership and management are welcoming students and parents at school campus for admission and school tour. Accordingly, ESI is highly committed to assure that Nile Sons International School meet its mission and achieve its strategic goals.

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Begin with the End in Mind - PBL 2016

Edu Systems International has worked in cooperation with Futures Educational Systems to successfully continue running a project based learning journey for high school students.


The "Begin with the end in Mind" project has started four month ago where teachers and students from different futures branches were fully engaged in meaningful authentic learning experiences. The project rotated around the idea of establishing end goals that leads to better future for Egypt. Multidisciplinary fields were involved to provide students the opportunity to personalize their abilities and competencies and generate new ideas, products and techno applications that are valuable to society. Groups of students' from various schools have researched, tested and generated outcomes which have been shared in a one day conference to a wide variety of audience.

During the event, students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills to a wide range of school community members. Several ideas which included different fields of science, education, tourism and economy were part of the discussion. Honorable judging committee has questioned and examined students' ideas which paved the way for students to defend their tested ideas.

Needless to mention, the project based learning experience allowed students to remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.



Finally, in a competitive festive atmosphere, students' have celebrated the winning groups which included Futures British School as the first winner; Futures International School took the second place and Futures Tech School as the third place. All other participating schools have received certificates of achievements whereas teachers received certificates of appreciation for the outstanding professional work exerted during the project journey.

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11 Effective Instructional Practices that work - Workshop

The American International Accreditation Association Cairo base was pleased to host educators from a wide variety of schools to attend a workshop titled "11 Effective Instructional Strategies that Work".


The workshop has been presented by Dr. Drew Hinds and Dr. Jacob Francom who invited participants to examine variety of teaching practices in a game based learning environment. Participants at the workshop received insights and practical tips on instructional strategies that work best for their students. Moreover, the action planning day was filled with role plays, drama, pantomimes and charades that engage and support participants to create effective designed models for learning.

Large numbers of educators including teachers, school principals and owners have shared and communicated innovative strategies to foster a more authentic project based learning climate. At the end, feedback from attendees was very positive as the workshop atmosphere was vibrant, attractive, and professional.

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