CONNECTING WITH PEERS TO MAKE THE WORLD SMALLER

January 4, 2018

Read the news headlines on just about any given day, and the need for global education becomes clear. The social, political, economic and...

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EXPLORING THE ROLE OF ART IN PROPAGANDA 

December 15, 2017

Art as self-expression. Art as activism. Art as weapon.

A group of eighth-graders at GEMS World Academy Chicago recently explored the ways in...

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FROM A TO ZZZZZZ: WHY TEENS NEED MORE SLEEP

November 29, 2017

In a culture that treats sleep deprivation, exhaustion, and working to the point of physical and mental burnout as a badge of honor, making the...

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HOW UNITS OF STUDY 'TALK' IN THE IB CURRICULUM

November 14, 2017

Pre-K students at GEMS World Academy Chicago complete a unit on symbiosis, which revolves around the idea that humans and animals rely upon and...

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WHEN GRADES COLLABORATE AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER

October 31, 2017

Schools serving a student population that spans pre-K through Grade 12 can offer a unique benefit — the chance for younger and older students to...

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HOW TO SPARK ENGAGEMENT IN YOUR TEENAGER

October 11, 2017

Is your teen lackluster about school? Do you worry that she seems to be, not failing exactly, but disengaged or apathetic about class? If so,...

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TEACHER STAYS POSITIVE DURING, AND AFTER, CANCER FIGHT

September 27, 2017

This blog post was written by Taneal Sanders, Grade 5 teacher at GEMS World Academy Chicago.

Here I am, a 41-year-old woman, whose least favorite...

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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN A CURRICULUM

September 18, 2017

The concept of social and emotional learning (SEL) in education has steadily gained traction in recent years. SEL both supports and enhances core...

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'FAILURE' CAN BE A POSITIVE TOOL IN THE CLASSROOM

August 29, 2017

In a highly competitive and achievement-driven culture, the thought of failure as a positive outcome in the classroom can seem counterintuitive...

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