Archive | March 8, 2019

Why Feedback Rarely Does What It’s Meant To

If we continue to spend our time identifying failure as we see it and giving people feedback about how to avoid it, we’ll languish in the business of adequacy.

We humans do not do well when someone whose intentions are unclear tells us where we stand, how good we “really” are, and what we must do to fix ourselves. We excel only when people who know us and care about us tell us what they experience and what they feel, and in particular when they see something within us that really works

This article: The Feedback Fallacy offers an in-depth analysis of feedback: what works, what doesn’t, and what we can do to reframe the conversations we have regarding feedback.

How might this apply to the way we give, receive, and seek feedback on our teaching practice?

How might we apply some of the ideas and principles mentioned to the way we give feedback to students?

Tech Challenge

Many thanks to all students and teachers for participating in the Semester 2 Tech Challenge. Bridges were built, rockets launched, buildings shook, parachutes floated, and structures were flattened in the name of design.

Congratulations to Xuanwu who took out the top honors on the day.

March Media Mentor Month

Following on from the Weekly Bulletin post about March Media Mentor Month, here is this weekend’s challenge:


While the original post was primarily for parents, teachers are also encouraged to try some of these with their students as well. Try and complete as many of the activities in the calendar as you can throughout the month of March and if you would like to share with our community, make sure to mention @nischinaorg (on Instagram) or @NISChina (on Twitter or Facebook) so we can follow your progress! Together we can mentor each other to be more mindful and purposeful users of technology!

The rest of the calendar can be found below:

Posting Information to Screens

Good morning,

Some of you may be wondering about how to get content from your classes, ASAs, etc onto the screens around the school. Here is a reminder about how to do that.

First, as they are horizontal screens, we would like to ask that any content you do submit, that you follow these protocols:

  • For all media submissions, please ensure that they maximize the horizontal perspective that the screens provide (i.e. landscape layout)
  • If you are submitting a single document (i.e. flyer) please make sure to make the text as large as possible (again using landscape layout) and high-resolution images (200dpi/A3 format would help ensure the size and pictures look correct)
  • Keep videos to 1GB or less
  • If you are unsure about how to make a slideshow, you can just put all the pictures in a folder and put your request to make a slideshow in your email
  1. Save all of these on the Large File Storage
  2. Send the link/folder location to
  3. Please put an appropriate subject heading (like Student Council poster, Swimming Gala, etc.)
  4. Please also include the duration that you would like your media to run (i.e. 1 week, 2 days, etc., keeping in mind that 2 weeks is maximum duration)

And don’t hesitate to ask us for help as well, if you have an idea but you’re not quite sure how to make it happen.

Second, here is the list of screens and their location:

  • 2nd Floor Cafe – the Centre (Pool/Activities)
  • Foyer Centre (Admissions)
  • Centre/Pool Hallway (Pool)
  • Foyer/School Entrance – by the sliding doors (Admin)
  • Foyer/School Entrance – by Library (Library/Admin/Student Council)
  • Library (Library)
  • End of Hall by Green Gym – 70″ Screen (Design/Activities/PE)
  • 2nd Floor across from IT Office (MS/US/Activities/Counseling/IT)
  • 2nd Floor, end of MYP/DP Hall (Middle/Upper School)
  • 2nd Floor by Music Department (Music/Student Council)
  • PAC (Drama)

In parenthesis/brackets are departments with primary content oversight, though you can always send email to with your request and we can sort it out. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

All the best,

Your Friendly IT Department

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