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.
At One World International School, our teachers and administrators believe in the power of partnership. We have found that students, teachers, and the entire school community thrive when we all work together, which is why we have made an effort to create collaborative learning spaces at our schools. The new OWIS Suntec campus will feature innovative, collaborative learning spaces designed to create an engaging and interactive experience for all learners.
Why is Collaborative Learning Important for Young Learners
Collaborative learning is a group learning experience in which students can discuss a topic, offer their own ideas, and develop solutions together as they learn about a new concept. For instance, in a primary school classroom, students can collaborate as pairs (Think-Pair-Share) or work in small groups to complete an assignment (such as analysing a topic in a transdisciplinary theme).
Creating Collaborative Learning Spaces in Schools
At OWIS, our student-focussed and inquiry-based curriculum and experienced educators are primed to encourage collaboration in the classroom. And then, there is the learning environment itself as the third prong for successful outcomes in this type of learning. A few typical areas that can be transformed into collaborative learning spaces include:
OWIS Suntec Classrooms Will be Ideal for Collaborative Learning
Located in the heart of Singapore, the OWIS Suntec campus has been designed with collaborative learning in mind, so that the school is always abuzz with discussions and conversations. Some of the design features we have built in are:
Collaborative learning is not only an exciting and engaging experience for primary school students, but it also helps prepare them for the future. Collaboration and communication are critical 21st-century skills that all students will need in order to thrive in a global economy.
For more information about collaborative learning at the new OWIS Suntec Campus, attend our virtual open house today.