Discentibus et Duces Simul = Learners and Leaders Together.
The International School of Texas is a non-profit, non-faith based private school serving the areas of Bee Cave, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch, Four Points, River Place, Westlake and the surrounding communities. Our school’s mission is to operate a high-quality, Brain-Friendly Learning environment where children are recognized for their individual abilities, intelligences and learning styles and to help them become future leaders.
Grainne O’Reilly, Headmistress
I am so excited to have had the incredible opportunity of opening the International School of Texas. After more than thirty years in the field of education I am proud to be able to finally offer the finest learning environment for children–in Austin, in Texas and even worldwide. Brain-Friendly learning and a Positive Behaviour Model combined with the educational standards offered by the British Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate® (IB) accreditation process offer the ultimate in educational development. I am thrilled to offer the best and the brightest that a school can aspire to in supporting children’s individual growth and accomplishment. It would be my pleasure to welcome you to tour the campus and learn more about our wonderful program.
Multiple Intelligences and Brain-Friendly Learning
A good night’s sleep, a diet rich in zinc, protein and complex carbohydrates, plenty of water and plenty of oxygen add to the brain’s ability to handle mental processes. Our focus on healthy eating, drinking plenty of water and regular physical activity allows us to feed our brain physically so that learning and teaching have the best possible foundations for intellectual and academic success.
Information presented in an exciting and creative manner is more likely to be remembered than information presented in a dull and lifeless way. The memory will be most effective when the learner makes a personal and emotional connection to what he or she are learning. Therefore we present key information and skills in dynamic ways that impact children’s individual learning styles and targets their individual needs. The child must make an emotional connection between the new learning and his or her own life experiences. All of this means we must be clear on what our learning objectives will be so we can plan to present these critical topics in the appropriate manner and maximize these connections.
A LOW STRESS ENVIRONMENT IS BEST FOR LEARNING
Children under stress can’t learn. The neocortex is the part of the brain we use to think and assimilate knowledge. It works slower than the limbic brain which we use for emotions. When a child is stressed, the limbic brain takes over, resulting in a range of negative emotions as the brain tries to counteract the stress brought on by a perceived threat.
Dr. Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor of neuroscience from Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983. Using brain research, Gardner identified a range of intelligences that are different but equal in status including: Visual, Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal, Linguistic and Logical. The idea of multiple intelligences allows us to see children clearly and allows each child to access work that they might normally find challenging through their stronger “intelligences”. We do this through mixed media learning presentations for key information and skills to appeal to the variety of learning styles. This is followed by specific time for slow, complex thinking to allow the connections to occur.
Much of our work and professional practice is influenced by the huge body of work and materials developed by Trevor Hawes, one of the U.K.’s leading experts on teaching and the learning brain. We endeavor to create a Brain Friendly learning zone in each classroom in order to maximize every child’s learning opportunities and to create an optimal learning environment.
Open House Tea with the Headmistress
November 5, 2015
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