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Learning by Design Story 2019

Humans of Learning by Design 2019
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Roger Kelley

“I work in Kansas City, Missouri. My school district has many poor children. We try to help the children as best as possible by having our own hospital and dentist. This is very helpful for the parents of the children as they don’t have to travel far. I want unlimited adults to read child story and teach them to read, because when I grew up — I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but — my mom used to read to me, or my dad, or my sisters, but that is how I learned to read so having that would be very nice.”

Marial Leonidakis

“The struggle with Climate Change is that it isn’t getting enough recognition in the news today. Issues like Brexit and or even the name change of Macedonia are getting more coverage than one of the most important problems that we are facing. It is our duty as students to use our voice to have a say in decision making. Even if we aren’t old enough to vote, we can still participate in marches across the world.”

Senior student at the International School of Brussels

Joelle Frankard

“I have been working on PBL, which means Project Based Learning, for the last 4 and a half years. The students will discover more things about science than they will if they were sat in front of a lecture. One of the PBL experiments that we have implemented in the curriculum is the Boat Project. In grade 7, the kids get to design and 3D Print their own boat, in the hopes that it will float and hold weight, while it teaches them about buoyancy and density. Our goal is to use PBL to influence every student to want to learn more."

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Ruxandra Filip

“I think their eagerness, and playful approach to learning, as well as how much potential there is for discovering new interests, is why I enjoy teaching first graders. They are so little they don’t know who they are and what they want to do, allowing me to expose them to a variety of activities. I studied the development of kids and learned that so much growth can happen in such a little amount of time. While teaching younger kids I get to watch them grow, however, while this growth occurs the main piece of advice I have for them is to be open to mistakes and failure as a way of learning. It has been a learning process for me to accept this, and I wish I had begun to accept it at a younger age.”

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“I joined LBD because I really want to meet new people and to share the experience with people who weren’t able to come. ISB has a very impressive way of teaching and I think I would like to bring that into my school as I teach very young children. I think that it is important that even in preschool, kids need to know how to use technology and devices effectively to benefit their future. Things need to change, usually it is just teacher, chalkboard, and students, but education has the capacity to be so much more.”

Ewan McIntosh

“When your parents are teachers it is the last thing you’d want to become. In order to avoid becoming a teacher like them, I got a degree in European law. I resisted the urge to pursue this teaching career. However, everyone I met in that sector said that I’d be great in educational training services or teaching, so I finally decided to pursue the job. One reason why I enjoy educating is that my passion has always been seeing the light bulbs turn on when people understand new concepts. I don’t care if it’s 14-year-olds or 40-year-olds, I always get the same thrill. Most of my time is spent with adults, as I enjoy helping them recall what it is like to discover new ideas. Some questions I attempt to answer are; How can people see the world as they’ve never seen it before? How can they begin to think differently?”



Charlie Moore

“I went away from university not knowing what to do. At first, I studied politics and then I went through business. While I was sitting down, I realised I don’t really want to sit in front of a desk all day, sending and replying to emails. I wanted to go and share my passions and have others learn them. Taking what I have learned from this, I really want to see kids choose how they learn. I want to see them passionate about a project not just for high grades, but because it interests them.”

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Ellie Worcester

“I am hoping to use this conference to gain new perspectives and visions on how to teach little kids, and also have the opportunity to learn new things about myself and what direction I want to lead my teaching career. One of the things I struggle with is anxiety in the classroom, and I fear that I will say something that will make one of the kids upset. I hope that I can find ways to conquer these challenges during the conference.”

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Tim Messick

“I believe this Learning by Design conference has promoted tremendous questions for us as educators to reflect on. It has led us to observe and rethink on what the education system could be in the future compared to how it is now. Coming here was a great occasion where we could be guided by like-minded questions and consider future options and opportunities to make a difference, in order to create greater meaningful learning in a school environment."

American School of The Hague

Micheal McGlade

“As director of technology, I find it interesting to see how technology can be useful in the learning environment. I believe that technology in school gives students the opportunity to seek it as a tool to further guide their learning. In the future, I hope that technology will be implemented in the majority of schools. By this I do not mean specialized classes in which technology is taught, but rather simply having the ability to use technology whenever appropriate for learning.”

The International School of Amsterdam

Michelle Holly

“My biggest fear is accepting that I can’t do it all. I logically know that I’m never going to be everything that all my students need but I always want to try and do as much as I can to help them feel good about themselves, build their skills and become more independent. But as much as I keep working on that, there is always more to be done and as a learning support teacher you have to be able to say ‘this is good enough’.”

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Claudine Hakim

“My father is the man I look up to. When I was younger, one thing he said to me was: I’m not going to buy you a car when you graduate, I’m not going to buy you a house, I’m going to give you the best education you can have and you can do that for yourself. And sure enough that’s what he did and I’ve been able to achieve what I want as a result of that.
When I was nine years old, I was living in Ghana, West Africa. We had a driver who couldn’t read or ride. I liked playing the teacher, so I taught him how to read and write. It is then that I discovered the joy of teaching, I was satisfied and he was so grateful and happy.”

International School of London

Martin Matte

“One thing leads to another that’s for sure. I did not want to become a teacher at first but essentially I didn’t know what else I wanted. I wanted something that I would be fulfilled with so I started out being an accountant like my dad but it didn’t interest me and I realized that I didn’t want to spend the next 30 years doing that so I decided to do something that I enjoyed doing; teaching.”

School of Montreal

Yair Chizi
“My group is working on Pneu-Power, and we’re working on pneumatic engines. My favorite subjects are science and math, they are very interesting to explore. Pneu-Power solves the problem of transporting energy, because batteries don’t work in the cold etc. So our team came up with the idea to save it in pressure form to be transported and then it gets turned into electrical energy. I hope to see it used in a factory or a major city where lots of energy is needed to power heavy machinery and homes.”
ISB LbD Student Agent
“I saw LBD as an opportunity to get some experiences that I can use later in my life. I chose to make a poster about data because I think that people are not doing enough for community service, only what they need to do. I think that this poster won’t change the world, but it will raise awareness for someone to change the world, people need to realise that what we are currently doing, isn’t enough.”
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Sven Kostadinov
“I am working on a machine to conserve green energy. Green energy has to be used right away, but we are working to store it. This would help transport green energy to where you would need it most. I didn’t really have an idea of what I was going to do, but luckily an idea popped into my head.”
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Ben stacy
“I’m working on a poster with all of the data of how students feel about school and how they think it could improve and what the school is doing well. We want to gain publicity and make schools change how they work and the systems they have in place. I hope that I will be able to help people and the future generations with the changes that we are making. I have troubles focusing in class, and I do my best work when I’m given a task with multiple choices so that I can tailor it to what I like doing.
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Franne Van Derklein

“I always had a passion for travelling, therefore I cautiously sought out opportunities in order to travel overseas and discover the world. For a long time, I worked for an NGO, where my strengths were in communications and writing. After that, my career took off. Before determining my career, I explored all my passions, therefore the best piece of advice I have for my children is to always do their best while finding theirs. I can see through my 13-year-old son, who is passionate about playing soccer. I enjoy seeing his love for the sport, and hope that he will continue pursuing it, even if he decides to not follow it in 10 years.”

American School of The Hague

Julie Fellmayer
“There are three people who inspire me. My husband, he writes about the philosophy of teaching, also a teacher, Sherry at the American School of Vienna she writes about diversity in education, and Cornelius Minor, I like how he pushes people to listen to students.”
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Matthew Pierce
“I need to learn how to further improve my classroom, so my students get the most out of it. My biggest struggle is behaviour management. I look up to Elon Musk, he doesn’t think about doing something, he does it.”
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Cornelius Minor
“I teach literature traditionally but I do a lot of work around innovation and how we broaden what it means to read and write. Coming to this conference will give me a chance not only to share ideas, but to listen to others. The problem with the current education is that all students are different, and there is no one way of teaching so having a conference that stresses change, is going to benefit the educators of tomorrow."
Columbia University
Sanne Ramaekers
“During the time I have been here so far, I have seen many opportunities for the students to be able to think so that they can create the content of what they want to learn. I want the students to think about ‘how do I do this’ instead of the teacher giving them an answer that they write down and memorize. The organization where I work at, tries to teach students about sustainability and how to sustain their environment. I would like to see how teachers can make thinking visible and I dream that the education system will teach both students and teachers how to think critically.”
Local Flemish School
John Mikton
“One of my greatest professional struggles is getting people to listen to students. I used to be in the corporate world and we did customer surveys and based on what our customers said we would change the way we delivered services, because our customer was important. I’m not convinced our schools do a good job of that. They say there is a student voice but I’m not sure we are really listening to it and doing something about it.”
International School of Luxembourg
Cosmin Stan
“I’m a journalist, what made me do it? I’m really curious and I really like people, I like seeing new people and I like meeting new people. That’s why I love travelling, having new experiences every time. And being a journalist makes me able to do that. When you want to do something you always have to ask yourself questions, questions about where you are and where you want to be, if you don’t ask yourself these thing, are you doing good, are you making mistakes, then you will never develop. This conference is asking questions, really important questions about the role of school, the role of teachers and what they can do better for the kids. Not to have a better future because that’s cliché, but to have the right path for their future.” What I learned in school, won’t benefit these kids, they need a new system, they need technology and things that we didn’t need as kids".
Jeannie Anthony
“I just think that it’s very joyful to see learning in action and to have conversations with the students about how they all see the world and how different it is than I might see it. I chose to go into the world of education because my mother was a teacher and to me, there is nothing better than to give an opportunity to learn. I’m the director of student support services. So I support the teachers who are trying to get students to learn and I think that for some students it’s about how to navigate the world beyond ISB”
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Tera Graves
“My school is trying to convert from traditional education to modern and innovative learning. I am here to learn how to do that. I want to learn from others and see how they are doing it. And you know, change is hard, but I know that change is necessary. We want to teach our students to apply what they learn, because that’s what they are going to use in their future life. My principal when I went to school, back in the U.S., started changing our school for the better, I really look up to her. I know it is really good for the students, because I have been a student when change at my school was happening. It helped me be who I am now.”

American Overseas School of Rome

Faye Morris
“I really enjoy teaching learning support students. Although it is challenging because students, if they know their learning difference, they understand their struggle and you have to help them overcome the mental roadblocks that they set up; that they can’t do something. Sometimes my parents think that the kids can’t do something but I know they can. Sometimes people just have to see that my student who has a learning difference is actually quite exceptional in what he/she can do, but that they just have to go around it in a different way.”
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LbD Student Journalists

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Chiara, HS student, Grade 10
Will, MS Student, Grade 9
Anhong, MS Student, Grade 8
Fridrik, MS Student, Grade 8
Alwien, MS Student, Grade 9
Julia, ES Student, Grade 5
Tamar Berger, ES Student, Grade 6