Mark has a BA in Sociology and Labour Studies from York University, a PGCE from Sunderland University, and an MEd in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the University of Toronto. More recently, he received his Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Mark has over 20 years of experience in education, several of which have been in leadership positions in international schools in South East Asia and China. Through his roles as an educator and school leader, he has deep knowledge of developing and implementing curricula ranging from the IB PYP and IB DP to the National Curriculum of England, the Cambridge IGCSE and and the Shanghai Formed Curriculum.
Mark believes that the way forward in education is to ensure that the learning approach is student-centred, engaging and experiential, including the use of technology. As a leader, he envisions a collaborative process for the entire staff, which empowers everyone to co-create a learning ethos where students can thrive and attain their true potential.
It's often said that children are naturally resilient, but today's generation of young people has faced unprecedented challenges. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, children of all ages were forced to abandon the structure and security of their routines in favour of virtual learning at home. They were not able to socialise with their peers or interact with their teachers in person. When they did meet face-to-face again, they had to wear a mask and try to communicate in an entirely new way.
In light of these tumultuous times, it's more important than ever for schools to help build resilience in young students. It is something we give importance to at One World International School. Socio-emotional learning and 21st-century skill development can help children learn that challenging times are nothing to be afraid of — but instead, these moments are often learning opportunities that will help them become better versions of themselves.
Why is Resilience Important for Children?
Resilience is a critical skill to teach children because they will need to rely on it for the rest of their lives. According to Raising Children, an Australian parenting website, teaching a child to be resilient helps them learn how to bounce back from a challenging moment and allows them to continue living their lives in a fulfilling and meaningful way.
Building resilience in students is also important because:
How OWIS Suntec Builds Resilience in Children
Building resilience in students has long been a priority at our international school in Singapore. We are keeping up the effort at OWIS Suntec, our new Early Childhood and Primary school campus in the Central Business District of Singapore, to help all of our students become resilient. Here is how we do it:
Resilience is just one of the many 21st century skills that we teach at OWIS Suntec. For more information about our inquiry-led curriculum and our child-driven learning environment at our new international school campus in the city centre of Singapore, please join the virtual open house today.