WHEN LEARNING INSPIRES STUDENTS TO TAKE ACTION

June 6, 2018

Taking action is one of the essential elements of the Primary Years Program, the first phase of the International Baccalaureate curriculum...

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WHY YOUNG LEARNERS SHOULD EXPLORE COMPLEX MATERIAL

May 18, 2018

"Symbiosis" is a word that few people would expect to hear a 3-year-old say, much less understand. At GEMS World Academy Chicago, an entire...

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THE LIBERAL ARTS CAN DRIVE SUCCESS IN A NETWORKED WORLD

April 23, 2018

According to a number of recent studies, more college-bound students are eschewing liberal arts majors like English and history for computer...

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HOW STUDENT REFLECTION CAN BOOST LEARNING

February 22, 2018

Most of us can remember instances from our school days when we worked feverishly to complete assignments or projects by the due date. But after...

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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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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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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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'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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