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Educators should collaborate, not compete

  • May 15, 2015

  • by Nick Martino

In part one of this blog, I discussed the application of the “competition, not collaboration” concept to my Global Studies and Global Issues classes at THINK Global School. Part two will identify how I have begun to apply it more effectively to my own teaching and professional life. It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.Marcus...

August 28, 2015

Spanish Spotlight: Sam Nelson leads his students on a high-tech scavenger hunt

by Lee Carlton

If there is one thing our students all share in common, it’s that they really, really love scavenger hunts. Whether meandering through the side streets of Tokyo looking for their next epic clue or rummaging through the library of our host school, they are guaranteed to be all in. (Geocaching, likewise, has also been embraced with extreme enthusiasm. If you aren’t familiar with this global phenomenon, we highly recommend you...

August 26, 2015

Powerful student talks propel the first TGS Symposium

by Nick Martino

(Editor's Note: The full TGS Symposium can be viewed at the bottom of the post) The first annual TGS Symposium was held in Athens at the end of our 2014/2015 school year. The theme, Legends to Legacies, was chosen as a way to showcase exemplary student work crafted during our time in Greece. As a humanities team, we decided it was important to discuss the progression of thought, starting from...

July 21, 2015

I Forgive You, English Speakers

by Sam Nelson

“But, everyone speaks English anyway!” I forgive you if you’ve ever said this phrase. You may not want nor need my forgiveness, but you have it anyway. Let me tell you why. As a teacher of modern foreign languages, I am accustomed to understanding people when I travel. For instance, when I traveled around Latin America a couple of years ago, it was a breeze. Likewise, when I visit France...

July 3, 2015

5 Questions with @historyinpics co-founder Xavier Di Petta

by Lee Carlton

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” - Winston Churchill Nineteen-year-old Australia native Xavier di Petta has a keen understanding of this famous quote regarding history, as well as the social platforms, like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, that his fellow millennials flock to. Along with his business partner Kyle Cameron, Xavier has been using social media to expose millions of followers to bite-sized history...

June 27, 2015

Am I Interesting?

by Kiana F

While enrolled at THINK Global School, students are encouraged to be creative during the course of their studies and travels. When the students document these thoughts, we are often delighted with the results. In ‘Am I interesting?’, tenth grader Kiana F. ponders the reasoning behind her desire to continuously travel, and whether it is to tied to making her own persona more interesting. ‘Am I interesting?’ first appeared on Kiana’s...

June 26, 2015

The ugly ethics of travel: finding compassion in the face of poverty

by Madeline S.

One issue that keeps popping up for me both at home and in each country I visit is ethics. In Greece, it’s often been on the forefront of my mind. There was one afternoon where my classmate River and I took four different subway rides, and on each one we were approached by people asking for money. There was a man so scarred by burns that it was impossible to...

June 12, 2015

Spanish Spotlight: Sam Nelson and his students explore the Mediterranean diet

by Lee Carlton

Obesity rates these days are a cause for concern the world over, and the trend is one that only looks to get worse in the years to come. As the serving sizes of high calorie foods have increased dramatically, so have the rates of diabetes, cancer, and high blood pressure in those who indulge too frequently. Due to the ample amounts of fresh fish, leafy vegetables, and olive oil that...

June 9, 2015

‘Meet River’ – a documentary short by 11th grader Sabrina D.

by Lee Carlton

How do you make the most of your time at THINK Global School? It’s a simple question, one that invariably elicits a different response from each of our students based on their current location. In some countries, the natural beauty of the great outdoors have unlimited appeal, while in others the charms of the city are too much to pass up. Bearing this in mind, 11th grader Sabrina D. came...

June 4, 2015

After Four Years Of Travel, Did I Complete My High School Bucket List?

by Isaac F.

The following high school reflection first appeared on THINK Global School senior Isaac Forsland’s blog Isaacforsland.com as “A changemaker’s life list.” Well, have you crossed everything off your bucket list yet? I usually have an active imagination, but at the time I was in the midst of packing and drew a blank. It was April, and the Alberta air was just starting to recover from a mildly cold winter. Blue sky...

May 19, 2015

Humans of Pura Vida: a student photography project

by Lee Carlton

Since its launch in 2010, Brandon Stanton’s photographic census Humans of New York has been capturing the attention and hearts of viewers the world over. An ever-growing collection of street photography, Stanton’s photos and their accompanying captions tell a salient story, one individual at a time. During the course of the average day, we shoot cursory glances at hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals, mildly critiquing or praising their clothing,...

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