Lighthouse Blog: Magellan in Action!
As an IB school, our entire community is committed to lifelong learning. Whether it’s a special project or performance in a classroom, an educational seminar for parents or an in-depth training for our faculty and staff, the Magellan community is a reflection of the international baccalaureate attributes. We believe that an MIS education is a lighthouse to our entire community, providing continuous or intermittent signals to guide every “Navigator.”
Explore what’s happening at Magellan now, and join us in our community-wide quest to be global citizens and learners throughout our lifetimes.
“Rather than creating confusion – as many believed in the past – learning two languages simultaneously actually increases brain elasticity and cognition. Language learners are developing the ability to mentally juggle both languages, enhancing their ability to ignore irrelevant information, switch between tasks and resolve conflict. The skills that multilinguals develop allow them be more thoughtful about their choice of words. Simply put, their brains develop to perceive and process languages differently than those that only speak one language, making them more empathetic individuals.” – Iris Wingroveread more
by Erin Defosse One of the most powerful pillars of a Magellan education is “purposeful action.” In my experience, when people talk about education the thoughts and ensuing conversations tend to be around learning of information or specific skills. The...read more
by Bjorn Billhardt One of my very first memories in life is my first day of 1st grade in my hometown of Hamburg, Germany (Kindergarten, despite its German name, is actually not a mandatory grade in Germany). Before my official “Einschulung,” or entry into...read more
by Sagrario Argüelles, Head of Primary School Many parents wonder how to best support their children in their mathematical journey, especially taking into account that mathematics instruction has changed so much from when we were students! Jo Boaler,...read more
Austin, TX – June 5, 2018 – The Magellan International School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Central Austin, has announced that Scott Hibbard, will become its new Head of School on August 1, 2018. Hibbard has over 25 years of...read more
Transdisciplinary learning is the exploration of a relevant concept, issue or problem that integrates the perspectives of multiple disciplines in order to connect new knowledge and deeper understanding to real life experiences.read more
Patrick Benfield, Innovation Director at The Magellan International School, co-presented during the 2018 SXSW Edu conferenceread more
Because of my involvement in Magellan, friends are always pointing out useful resources and articles about education. A friend pointed me to this article about how Jeff Bezos teaches his children math — using a method made popular in China and Singapore: It seems he...read more
Joshua Krisch of Fatherly recently published a Q&A with researcher Deborah Eyre on the subject of raising smart kids — and it is a fascinating read. The first response that jumps off the page and resonates with me is this one: What we know is that intelligence...read more
Think Bilingual Austin previously posted keynote excerpts from their Bilingual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) event in 2016. In fact, the power point she used can also be found on the Think Bilingual website.read more