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Teach Middle East Podcast

Teach Middle East

The Teach Middle East Podcast connects, develops, and empowers educators. It provides educators in the Middle East and beyond a platform on which to share their stories, current research-based practices and proven classroom strategies. The Teach Middle East Podcast is brought to you by Moftah publishing, the publishers of Teach Middle East Magazine. Teach Middle East Magazine, is the premier magazine for education in the Middle East and beyond.

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One Teacher's Investment Journey With Natasha Feghali
3d ago
One Teacher's Investment Journey With Natasha Feghali
What are you doing with the money you earn as an expatriate teacher? Natasha shares her investing journey as a teacher in Kuwait.  Natasha E. Feghali is a Lebanese Canadian award-winning International Specialist Educator and Entrepreneur and at present is based in Kuwait. She is an Advanced Instructional Coach in Language Learning with Multi-Lingual Learners at the American Creativity Academy, and an independent real estate entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link  Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
One Teacher's Investment Journey With Natasha Feghali
3d ago
One Teacher's Investment Journey With Natasha Feghali
What are you doing with the money you earn as an expatriate teacher? Natasha shares her investing journey as a teacher in Kuwait.  Natasha E. Feghali is a Lebanese Canadian award-winning International Specialist Educator and Entrepreneur and at present is based in Kuwait. She is an Advanced Instructional Coach in Language Learning with Multi-Lingual Learners at the American Creativity Academy, and an independent real estate entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link  Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
Embracing Lifelong Learning with Anna Dillon
Jun 14 2022
Embracing Lifelong Learning with Anna Dillon
Anna is an experienced educator and administrator in higher education, primary level and in the early years. In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we discuss the importance of embracing lifelong learning. Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
Radical Self-Care Tips for Every Educator With Dr Nadia Lopez
May 31 2022
Radical Self-Care Tips for Every Educator With Dr Nadia Lopez
As the school year draws to a close, it is time to check in with yourself. How are you feeling as an educator? Have you taken the best care of yourself and the people in your care? In this episode, we talk about radical self-care with Dr Nadia Lopez. BioDr. Nadia Lopez is an award-winning educator who became a viral sensation after the popular blog Humans of New York featured her as one of the most influential people of this life. Disrupting the school to prison pipeline, Dr. Lopez founded Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a STEAM-focused middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York, in 2010, and served as the principal for ten years. She was named Linkedin’s 2019 Top 10 Voices in Education and received the Black Girls Rock award–alongside Michelle Obama in 2015. As she works vigilantly to improve education disparities, her mission has been publicized across major media outlets: New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Glamour Magazine, PopSugar, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, etc. The Ellen Degeneres Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. In 2016 Dr. Lopez visited the White House, where President Obama recognized her as Varkey Foundation’s Top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalist. Her Ted Talk on the Education Revolution has garnered more than a million views. She also serves as a guest lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School for Education, teaching students on the subject matter of Transformative Justice, Education, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.In 2020, Dr. Lopez ended her tenure as Mott Hall Bridges Academy’s principal to focus on her work as a mental health advocate and wellness enthusiast. After developing a stress-related illness that threatened her life, she dug deeper into her passion for educating, providing workforce training and coaching through her company, The Lopez Effect. Dr. Nadia Lopez continues to support leaders on their journeys to build their capacity, improve culture through DEI practices, and develop systems to create healthy spaces for professional sustainability; on her crusade to impact 10,000,000 educators globally. Additionally, she consults with individuals and organizations on their goals and social responsibility initiatives that target marginalized communities for a positive impact.Connect with Nadia on Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram.Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: htTo learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
Strategies To Build A Truly Inclusive School With Patrick McGrath
May 24 2022
Strategies To Build A Truly Inclusive School With Patrick McGrath
According to UNICEF Inclusive education is the most effective way to give all children a fair chance to go to school, learn and develop the skills they need to thrive.Inclusive education means all children in the same classrooms, in the same schools. It means real learning opportunities for groups who have traditionally been excluded – not only children with disabilities, but speakers of minority languages too.Inclusive schools value the unique contributions students of all backgrounds bring to the classroom and allow diverse groups to grow side by side, to the benefit of all. In this podcast Partick gives us some really great strategies to make your schools truly inclusive. Bio: Patrick McGrath is an educator, international speaker, blogger, podcaster, Honorary Fellow at UU and Head of Education Strategy at Texthelp, Patrick is passionate about ensuring that technology has a positive, meaningful and sustainable impact on teaching & learning through a focus on inclusion, accessibility and universal design. Find Patrick online @TH_Patrickm or www.pmcgrath.me Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
How To Create World Class Schools With Professor Deborah Eyre
May 16 2022
How To Create World Class Schools With Professor Deborah Eyre
Everyone wants a high performing school, but schools continue to assume that only a minority of children can reach high levels of educational performance.  In today's podcast episode, we speak with Professor Deborah Eyre about how every school can become a world-class school. High performance is not the preserve of the few but available to all. Bio: Professor Deborah Eyre: Founder and Chair at High Performance Learning Services Ltd (HPL). She founded HPL in 2016 in order to rethink schooling so that schools become a place where every student is seen as a potential high performer and the entire school community knows how to use contemporary learning science to ensure every student performs highly academically and also learns the skills that will enable them to thrive in their future lives. A globally acclaimed education leader, academic researcher, writer and influencer, Deborah’s long career has included significant senior leadership posts in school, for government, for an international education school group and in higher education. She is a practical academic, passionate and knowledgeable about how successful learners get to be successful and her advice is widely sought by governments, schools, universities and educational foundations across the world. Prior to launching HPL she was Global Education Director for Nord Anglia Education (2010-14). Deborah is a Liveryman of the City of London, a Trustee of two Multi-Academy Trusts in UK, holds Fellowships with the Girls School Association, Chartered College of Teachers and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Member of Senior Common Room at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.Find out more: www.highperformancelearning.co.uk.Talk to us: getintouch@highperformancelearning.co.uk Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
A Better Way of Doing Lesson Observations:Trust-Based Observations With Craig Randall
May 9 2022
A Better Way of Doing Lesson Observations:Trust-Based Observations With Craig Randall
Most teachers have anxiety around lesson observations. What causes this anxiety? Is there a better way? In this podcast episode, we speak with Craig Randall, author of the book Trust-Based Observations, on what he believes is a better way to conduct lesson observations.Craig Randall is the author of Trust-Based Observations. His experience as a counsellor, coach, teacher, and principal at schools in the US and overseas led him to develop and then write, Trust-Based Observations, a model of observation and evaluation focused on building trusting relationships that spark teacher risk-taking and innovation and results in teaching and learning growth. Currently, Craig consults and trains schools on the Trust-Based Observations.Website: trustbased.com Email: craig@trustbased.comTwitter: @TrustbasedCraigLinkedIn: @TrustbasedCraig Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
School Life In Saudi Arabia During and After The Pandemic With Helen Olds
Apr 26 2022
School Life In Saudi Arabia During and After The Pandemic With Helen Olds
We speak with Helen Olds, the British International School Riyadh principal, about what life is like in schools after the pandemic. We also look back at what life was like in Saudi Arabia during the lockdown. This is a great episode to help us compare notes from one GCC country to another.Helen has 18 years of experience working in leadership positions in international schools in Asia and the Middle East, and she is currently the Principal of the British International School Riyadh. Her experience spans the 3-18 age range, including start-up schools/campuses through to the growth and development of well-established international schools. She has experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including single campus and multi-campus models. Her curriculum experience includes the English National Curriculum, the International Primary / Middle Years Curriculum, (I) GCSEs, AS / A Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect and find inspiration, resources, and forums to enhance their teaching techniques, methodologies, and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
What Most Schools Miss About Student Data With Mathew Savage
Mar 21 2022
What Most Schools Miss About Student Data With Mathew Savage
Mathew Savage is a former school leader who is on a mission to help schools transform the way they use student data. In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, Leisa Grace and Mathew discuss how schools can rethink the way they collect, present and use student data on a day to day basis.  Bio: Matthew loves data, and believes passionately in the need for a paradigm shift towards greater student agency and healthier student wellbeing. And he loves helping schools to join these dots – using student-level data to put #wellbeingfirst. With an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, Matthew first spread his leadership wings in the UK state-maintained sector, before going global in 2010. Most recently Principal at an award-winning school in the Middle East, Matthew is now an internationally acclaimed educational consultant, providing bespoke training and consultancy to premium schools and groups across the globe, and an Associate Consultant with LSC Education, actively contributing to their leadership development and coaching programmes. He has written and presented worldwide on #themonalisaeffect®, ensuring a ‘data triangle’ best meet the holistic needs of each individual student. Whilst his clients herald from across the world, Matthew has enjoyed working with a number of premium schools in the Middle East in recent years. He has also acquired a global and impassioned voice on, and actively engages in critical conversations about, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, diversity and belonging, and is a member of the #deij team at ECIS. His first podcast series, The Data Conversation, launched to an international audience in June 2021.Connect with Mathew: You can read more about Matthew's work here: listen to The Data Conversation podcast, where Matthew curates the voices of data leads from across almost 30 international schools worldwide, visit: you would like to explore the benefits of Matthew working with your school, please connect with him either on LinkedIn or at matthew@savageeducation.comTeach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
WHY EDUCATORS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE METAVERSE
Mar 15 2022
WHY EDUCATORS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE METAVERSE
What is the metaverse? How much of an impact will the metaverse have on our daily lives in the very near future?In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we chat with Phil Redhead about why educators need to pay attention to the metaverse.Bio: Originally from the UK, Phil has worked in education for over twenty years, as a  teacher, school senior leader, consultant and digital education transformation director. He was Head of Digital Learning for the GEMS Education group and has advised Ministries of Education in four countries across the Gulf region on hybrid and remote learning strategies and learning technologies. Phil has led and managed large, diverse, global teams tasked with the digital transformation of schools within a range of complex environments, delivering customer-focused outcomes and high levels of impact and satisfaction.  Most recently, Phil was the education technology lead for Deloitte Middle East before joining Kinteract, where he is helping to develop next-generation technology that drives holistic, personalised learning for all. @philredhead (Twitter)phil@kinteract.com Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
Determining the Diversity Baseline in International Schools: Research Findings
Mar 7 2022
Determining the Diversity Baseline in International Schools: Research Findings
Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we examine the findings of research carried out by the Council of International Schools in association with George Mason University, to determine the diversity baseline in International schools.The discussion panel included:Anne Hilbert: Anne Hilbert is completing a two-year internship at the Council of International School where she supports research initiatives, focusing on diversity and salary equity for school leaders. Anne is completing a Master’s in Statistics and Data Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands.Alejandra Neyra: Alejandra Neyra is the Data Analyst & Business Intelligence Manager at the Council of International Schools (CIS). Alejandra is responsible for providing relevant data analysis and reporting across the organization for 1320 institutions across 123 countries. Her work focuses on diversity and salary equity for school leaders in international schools. Alejandra is a member of the CIS I-DEA Board and the Diversity Collaborative Data Committee.Kimberley Daly, PhD.  : Dr Kimberley Daly has 27 years of experience in educational, research, and academic environments and currently serves as the coordinator for Project ExCEL-Ignite, a Jacob K. Javits federally-funded (USA) grant that works with teachers and schools to use problem-based learning as a universal screening tool to identify under-represented students for advanced coursework. Additionally, Dr Daly teaches graduate education coursework to pre-and in-service teachers at George Mason University in Virginia (USA). Dana Specker Watts, PhD:  Experienced Director Of Learning, Research and Outreach with a demonstrated history of working in the international education industry. Skilled in Technology, Curriculum, Lesson Planning, and Adult Education. Strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy - PhD focused on Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Kentucky.Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Leisa Grace:Twitter: learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link  To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development click this link
How to Effectively Educate The Gifted and Talented Child
Feb 20 2022
How to Effectively Educate The Gifted and Talented Child
Renaissance sponsors the Teach Middle East Podcast.To learn more about how Renaissance can help your students with their literacy and numeracy development, click this link drive toward more equal education opportunities for all students in the UAE regardless of their abilities or disabilities is reflected in the goals of the MoE strategy (2010–2020). One strategy entitled ‘School for All’ strongly supports the principle of equity in educational opportunities for all students to include those identified as ‘gifted students’. They define giftedness as ‘a student who is in possession of untrained and spontaneously-expressed exceptional natural ability in one or more domain of human ability.’ These domains will include intellectual, creative, social, physical abilities. In the case of a gifted student, whilst exceptional potential will be present, they may actually underachieve due to cultural and linguistic background, gender, language and learning difficulties, socio-economic circumstance, location and lack of engagement in a curriculum that is not matched to their abilities. This podcast aims to further our understanding of the learning needs of pupils regarded as exceptionally able. It will discuss the characteristics of exceptionally able learners, effective assessment and teaching strategies and in addition, it will look at the development of a school policy to guide practice. While gifted education is well established in the United States of America and Europe for many years (Davis & Rimm, 2004), gifted education is a relatively new initiative in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the last decade, gifted education programmes have been implemented in government schools in the UAE (Ministry of Education [MoE], 2014).Bio:Dr Margaret O’ Donnell is a Tutor for ICEPE Europe.She has wide experience in the field of research, special education, teacher education, curriculum studies, assessment and educational policy and practice. She held the post of Director, Curriculum and Assessment, with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) where her primary responsibilities related to the production and drafting of the Guidelines for Teachers of Students with General Learning Disabilities, Guidelines for Teachers of the Exceptionally Able Student, and developing a DVD for parents – The What, How and Why of your Child’s Learning.Website  |   |   |   | Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: by Leisa Grace WilsonConnect with Le
What To Expect When Moving To Teach In The Middle East With Sadie Landau
Feb 7 2022
What To Expect When Moving To Teach In The Middle East With Sadie Landau
Are you new to the Middle East or planning to move to this region to teach? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the podcast episode for you. We speak with Sadie Landau, a teacher in Dubai who has also taught in Qatar. Sadie offers sage advice for teachers looking to make that move to this part of the world. Bio:Sadie is a Primary School Teacher in her 9th year of teaching. She has taught across EYFS to Year 6 in London, Qatar and is currently teaching in Dubai, UAE. Being in her 5th year of international teaching in a British School she now shares advice and guidance to working in the Middle East. Twitter: @Miss_L_Teach  Instagram: @LondonPrimaryTeacher Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
How to Play Your Part to Further Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice In Your School With Catherine Erpen
Jan 31 2022
How to Play Your Part to Further Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice In Your School With Catherine Erpen
The work of anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice ( DEIJ) is not the work of some, it is work that all of us need to do. So much has been said on the topic in recent years, especially since the death of George Floyd in the United States of America in 2020. The number one goal of schools should be to become inclusive and culturally sustaining environments for staff and students, but how many of us are truly doing the work that is necessary to achieve this goal? In this episode of the Teach  Middle East podcast, we speak with Catherine Erpen, who is committed to learning and doing what it takes to ensure that her school truly becomes a place in which everyone can feel included. Take some time to get to know a little more about Catherine Erpen. Catherine is the principal of GEMS World Academy in Abu Dhabi. Catherine does not profess to be an expert on DEIJ, but she is intentional in learning more and implementing what she has learned in a bid to create a truly inclusive school for staff as well as students.Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
How To Balance Being A Content Creator and A Teacher With Thomas Blakemore
Jan 23 2022
How To Balance Being A Content Creator and A Teacher With Thomas Blakemore
Are you an educator who wants to become a content creator? Do you worry that you will not have time for both? On this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we chat with Thomas Blakemore. Thomas is a primary school teacher in Dubai, he is also a successful content creator. Thomas has a growing Youtube channel and an influential presence on most major social media platforms. Not only that, but he also has his own blog. In this episode, we dig beneath the surface to find out how he manages to do it all. We also learn more about his experience as a teacher and what he enjoys most about teaching in Dubai. Bio:Thomas is a Year 3 Primary School Teacher who is passionate about helping others. He shares honest tips and tutorials on his YouTube and Tiktok platforms which have been viewed by millions of teachers and pupils worldwide.Links:Website:  YouTube:   Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
Lessons Learned From Secretly Teaching Children in a Syrian Prison Camp
Jan 16 2022
Lessons Learned From Secretly Teaching Children in a Syrian Prison Camp
Welcome back and happy new year to you all. On this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we chat with Ilona Taimela. She is an educator, consultant and teacher trainer from Finland whose work is having a global impact.In this episode, we look at lessons learned from a project she worked on which involved teaching children in a prison camp in Syria. Ilona Taimela is the founder and CEO of Helsinki Education Consulting Group. She is a sought-after speaker, lecturer and facilitator of educational transformation and has written books and articles. She is an educational consultant for municipalities, educational organisations, and businesses in Finland and internationally, especially on developing holistic inclusive pedagogy in engaging student voice and towards a more sustainable future. She is also a researcher of student agency and participation at the University of Helsinki in a research project of Pedagogies of Concrete Utopia. During her 30 years career, she has worked as a teacher of ethics, civics, and history in local Finnish schools and in 2 different IBO world schools. She has been on school boards, school leadership teams and led a team of city-wide expert teachers in Phenomenon Based learning. Together with her team, she was supporting the implementation of curriculum in schools (primary, secondary, high schools and vocational education) in the City of Helsinki. Most recently during the Covid pandemic, she was planning, implementing, and developing an exceptional distance school project via a mobile application to Finnish children in the Al-Hol prison camp in Syria. This was an initiative by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and financed by the Ministry of Education. The project was realized under the wings of the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation, and it was to ensure the children’s rights to learning and play. Just before Covid, she was an Education Consultant for the City of Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, consulting +100 schools and +300 daycares as well as vocational school and liberal arts education in school innovations and school development. She coordinated the benchmarking of innovation in schools. She has been the coordinator of the Helsinki Education Week in 2018 and 2019, a week-long festival of learning.  She has also been the representative of the educational department in Advisory board of the City of Helsinki on participation. She coordinated the development of UN Agenda 2030 pedagogy and eco-pedagogy in the education department. Thus, she is also keen on developing the SDGs and planetary education.Connect with IlonaTwitter and LinkedinVisit her website https:helsinkieducation.comTeach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
Strategies to get students to ditch the desk and make learning more active with John Smedley
Dec 6 2021
Strategies to get students to ditch the desk and make learning more active with John Smedley
Did you know that children being inactive is currently an epidemic that will have serious health repercussions for years to come? How can we get students to become more active while learning at school? This is a challenge that John Smedley has set out to solve. Jon Smedley, a former teacher, and founder of Teach Active. He is a former primary teacher and sports coordinator who works in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust and is the founder of the ‘UK’s Largest Active Learning Day’. Inspired by a child he taught many years ago who struggled with engagement in lessons, Jon has dedicated the last 20 years to helping schools inject more activity into the school day. His Teach Active programme provides almost 3,000 maths and English active lesson plans for teachers to use in primary school. With over 1,000 UK and international schools using Teach Active, including the UK’s primary school of the year Kensington Primary School and Dubai’s The Arbor School.In just this year alone, Teach Active has won international and UK awards at both Bett and The Education Resources Award (ERA). 50 free active lesson plans are available from www.teachactive.org.Connect with Jon:Twitter: @teachactiveLinkedIn: this episode of the podcast, John shares some great strategies to help teachers make learning more active.Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
How To Develop A Positive Culture in Your School With Iain Colledge
Nov 22 2021
How To Develop A Positive Culture in Your School With Iain Colledge
What is your school culture like? Who is responsible for the culture in your school? How do you change school culture from toxic to positive? Iain Colledge, Executive Principal of Raha International schools and Director of Education for Taaleem, discuss this and more with Leisa Grace Wilson.Bio:Iain has a Bachelors' in Education and a Masters' in Educational Leadership and Management from the UK. Iain has worked overseas within the international education sector for almost twenty years and this is his third school principal role, in his seventh country.Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website us:
Why The RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Is The Most Important Education Event This Year (Dec 12-14,2021) With Annina Mattsson
Nov 15 2021
Why The RewirEd Summit at Expo 2020 Is The Most Important Education Event This Year (Dec 12-14,2021) With Annina Mattsson
Education is in need of major changes to meet the needs of the world we currently live in. How will these changes take place? In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we speak with Annina Mattsson, Director of RewirEd Conference. RewirEd is a global platform with a clear vision: to rewire education for a prosperous and sustainable future.Led by Dubai Cares, in partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), and delivered in partnership with global stakeholders, RewirEd aims to be a catalyst in redefining education to ensure a future that is prosperous, sustainable, innovative and accessible to all. BIO:Annina is an international development and humanitarian professional with more than 14 years of experience in education, humanitarian assistance, disaster risk-reduction, conflict prevention and peace-building.  She is a Full-time employee of Dubai Cares since February 2016 and has been responsible for leading the Programs department and ensuring the team has the management, technical and logistical capacity to accomplish its programmatic goals and objectives. She is currently the Director of RewirEd - a Global Platform on Education - since January 2020. For more information see www.rewired2021.com.Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website Tweet us: us on Instagram:
Why All Students Must Develop Coding And Mathematical Skills Now With Manan Khurma
Nov 8 2021
Why All Students Must Develop Coding And Mathematical Skills Now With Manan Khurma
Did you know that most jobs in the near future will require that all staff have solid coding and mathematical skills? Are your students being prepared for that future? In this episode of the podcast, we talk all things mathematics and coding with Manan Kurma founder and the first teacher of Cuemath. Bio: Manan Khurma has been a Mathematics educator since his college days. He founded Locus Education upon graduating from IIT Delhi in 2007 and trained over ten thousand students for IIT-JEE within the first few years of his career as an educator. This experience of teaching JEE aspirants helped him gain insight into how the youth of the country perceives and studies Math.He quickly realized that the combination of learning math through rote culture and the lack of a strong foundation from a young age led most students to fear math. Driven by his passion for the subject, he wanted to find a way to help children overcome this fear and understand how Math is present in every aspect of life. He believes that mathematics must be taught and learnt as a life skill and not just another academic subject.Inspired by his understanding of the challenges faced by young students, Manan formulated a new way of teaching the subject – a math program called ‘Math by Reasoning’. This was also the genesis of Cuemath – an engaging platform that not only helps children master the subject, but also fall in love with it. Teach Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram:
Practical Ways To Develop Mentally Well Schools With Ava Shabnum Hasan
Nov 1 2021
Practical Ways To Develop Mentally Well Schools With Ava Shabnum Hasan
Is your school mentally well? How do you measure this? In this episode of the podcast, we look at practical ways to develop mentally well schools.  Ava also shares her own personal experience with working in some schools that were not mentally well.  Bio: Ava Shabnum Hasan is the founder of Mentally Well Schools and Associate Lecturer on a 'Masters in Mental Health & Wellbeing in Education' course in England. A former SENDCo and Senior Leader in schools in England and internationally, she has 20 years of experience in education. Mentally Well Schools is a collaboration with a leading Psychotherapist, offering free resources, paid evidence-informed programmes and CPD training to improve the mental wellbeing of students and staff.Connect with Ava:Website    www.linkedin.com/in/ava-shabnum-hasan-7828921b6Twitter  @MentallyWellSchFacebook  Middle East Magazine is the premier magazine for educators and the entire education sector in the Middle East and beyond. Our vision is to equip educators with the materials and tools they need, to function optimally in and out of the classroom. We provide a space for educators to connect, find inspiration, resources and forums that are aimed at enhancing their teaching techniques, methodologies and personal development. We connect education suppliers and service providers to the people who make the buying decisions in schools. Visit our website  Tweet us: us on Instagram: