ISJ Internation Schools Journal Envisioning the K-Graduate Education Paradigm
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ISJ Spring 2021: Book Review: Teaching and Learning in International Schools. (2021) / Maurice Carder


This book is a ‘must read’ for every teacher and administrator in any international school that aims to be recognised as educating for the future. In its organisation, its choice of themes, the way each chapter is constructed, the lay-out, and the use of agency to give teachers their own voices, it is the book that should be welcomed and shared by teachers in the primary sector worldwide.
Divided into three parts, comprising a total of thirteen chapters, the pattern soon becomes familiar, and gives a wide range of information and how to transmit it on the full range of subjects to be encountered in today’s international schools. Part 1, Cornerstones of effective teaching, comprises four chapters: Student agency; Differentiation; Classroom management; and Collaboration. Part 2 focuses on Progressive Pedagogical Practices, again with four chapters: Play-based teaching and learning; Concept-based teaching and learning; Enquiry-based teaching and learning; and Transdisciplinary teaching and learning. Part 3, Developing skills for the future, has five chapters: Teaching computational thinking and digital pedagogy; Towards new mathematical thinking; Fostering multilingualism; and Intercultural competence. These headings give concise summaries of their content.