International Mindedness @ AISC

15 Sep

This week at AISC, we celebrate Dot Day and UN International Peace Day. How do you define international mindedness? What have you learned about ‘international mindedness’ as a student at an international school like AISC? (click on the images below to see a larger image).  Share your opinion. 

United Nations

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Website

International Mindness (1)

International Mindness Mug Design

Source: AISC website

Source: AISC website



81 Responses to “International Mindedness @ AISC”

  1. Min Wook (Eric) Seo September 15, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    very good!

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Eric, what’s good? Please reply and answer the question. That would be really cool, if you did that. Thanks.

  2. snehan September 15, 2014 at 5:52 am #

    The U.N peace day is a good day for uniting our school and our nation.

    • Mrs. Hall September 15, 2014 at 5:57 am #

      I agree, Snehan! UN Day is such a great way for us to unite and show that our school has so many nationalities.

  3. Aaron September 15, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    Cool. Can’t wait.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 6:48 am #

      What’s cool? Answer the question, Aaron. I would like to hear your thoughts.

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      Yes, Aaron. I am sure you can tell us more. What is so wonderful about UN Day and what does International Mindedness mean to you?

  4. futa September 15, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    It is sooo awsome.

  5. sture September 15, 2014 at 5:54 am #

    I define international mindedness as something that almost every school has it.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 6:50 am #

      Sture, thanks for your comment. I am not sure if I agree. I don’t think every school has international mindedness. Tell me why you think almost every school has it.

  6. dongwook September 15, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Thats SOOOOOO cOOl

  7. prannoy thakore September 15, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    Looking forward to U.N. day, and peace day (I think thats what it’s called…).

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      What are you looking forward to, Prannoy? Please answer the questions.

  8. Vinay Rao September 15, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    International Mindedness means respecting people of different nationalities and cultures. It means caring for others in the world, not just our family and friends. It means looking at things from a different perspective, from their perspective. It means working with others enthusiastically, passionately, and efficiently.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      This is avery thoughtful response and well-written, a DEEP connection. Extend your response further and tell me HOW you do some or all of these things. We look forward to your response.
      Mr. Martin

    • Sravya T. September 15, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      That is a really deep meaning and the words you used makes the paragraph sound really powerful.

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      I agree, Vinay. Seeing life from other people’s perspective is such a powerful force, even when we don’t agree or have the same beliefs. At least we can understand and empathize with them. I am wondering about the use of the word “efficiently” at the end of your sentence- I would love to hear you explain why you chose it and what you mean.

  9. Rahul September 15, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    I think it is about appreciating other religions and cultures. It’s about walking a mile in their shoes which means thinking about their feelings/perspective. You should be open about making friends from other places.

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

      Rahul, I am so pleased to see you make the connection between our lesson on perspective and this topic! Great critical thinking on your part. I hope that you will make many great friends here and continue to put deep thought into all your connections and studies. Well done!

  10. junsik September 15, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    If I stay in korean school for like whole life in staying korea will boring to learn but when I came to India My whole life changed because I was trying new thing and I got interesting on doing something

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

      Having your whole life change is huge, Junsik. Please tell us more about those changes so we can better understand what being a student at AISC means to you.

  11. Mutsumi Furuhashi ꉂꉂ ( ˆᴗˆ ) September 15, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    I learned that people from other countries have a different way of thinking. UN day is a very good thing because you can learn the culture of different country and you can have fun!

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:02 am #

      What are some interesting things you have learned about other cultures here at AISC?
      Mr. Martin

  12. Jaehoon Jeong September 15, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    I have learned that we have different cultures and we all have different thinking. In addition, it is very different from Korean school and American International School. For example, Intentional school has better teaching, more freedom…

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Tell me more about this ‘freedom’ you mention. Where do you see it? How is it different?

      • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

        I am also wondering the same thing as Mr. Martin. Please tell us more, Jaehoon!

  13. Varun September 15, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    International Mindedness is when you are being open to being in a Single world and discovering others’ cultures.

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks for your thoughts, Varun. I am sure others would love to hear you expand on your idea. The words you used (single world) is an interesting concept and I imagine you could write more about it.

  14. Min Wook (Eric) Seo September 15, 2014 at 5:59 am #

    What I mean to say is that we have different cultures and a different way of living.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      Yes, that’s true, Eric. This is still a shallow connection (think about what we are learning in L.A.). How many years have you lived in Chennai? How long have you gone to school at AISC? What have you learned about other cultures and yourself during this time? Think about it and reply to my comment here.

  15. Aoi:) September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Even though I have to wear weird clothes (To be honest I don’t like the weird clothes thing) on UN day, I think that UN Day is an amazing day to know all of the countries in the school and unit!

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Hi Aoi,
      It is nice to see all the different clothes and other unique features of our cultures. Are there other reasons why UN Day is so amazing? What do you think international mindedness means?

  16. Ye won Lee September 15, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    If I compare to Korea school and AISC, there are many different, like in AISC there are various people from the different country, but in Korea school there are only Korean.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      Yes, that is true. What have you learned about other cultures while studying at AISC? Have you enjoyed studying with people from other countries, or would you prefer to study in a classroom surrounded only by people from your own country?

  17. Sungbin Yoon September 15, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    We can meet people in different country. But in Korea we can not meet people in different country.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:13 am #

      True, what a wonderful opportunity you have Sungbin? How will change through this opportunity to study with students from other cultures? What is good (or bad) about this opportunity?

  18. lhanung September 15, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I think it’s connection day Because we could know culture and under stand them
    and also kind with them so I like UN day.
    I wish many countrys will come

  19. Aditya September 15, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    I think international mindedness is about accepting everybody’s religion and culture instead of saying “Yew! The food is disgusting in this country blah, blah blah”. It’s about thinking in their perspective and trying to understand the way they live.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Thanks for sharing your opinion. What new food from other cultures have you tried here? How do you (or how have you) tried to understand someone else’s culture here at AISC?

      • Aditya September 15, 2014 at 8:36 am #

        I’ve tried japanese food like sushi and korean food like kimbab. I’ve tried to understand another person’s culture by trying to be with them going to their houses to get the feeling.

  20. GUILLAUME :-) September 15, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    To me it means that to have an international mind, means that you are able to respect the other’s culture. I think it is really important to be international minded because after if you disrespect anyone different than you, that person will spread the rumor and good luck after…

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Guillaume,
      Your comment shows that you have been thinking about the benefits of an international life. Thanks for your thoughts.

  21. Alexandre September 15, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I think that UN peace day is a good way to see other people nation. We can also taste the food and see the different culture of each countries. It is a good way to know how to respect other people culture causes during UN day, you can see a little bit of the believes and and the behavior of each nations to respect the people around us.
    I think that it is important to respect other nationalities of each person to not hurt them in the heart.

  22. Juyang September 15, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    I thought I was open minded and be friendly and can be friend s easily with people but when I came here and saw different people from different country, I was not open minded and can’t be friendly with people! So I knew much more about me..

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 11:30 am #


      Do you feel you are more open-minded now? Do you have non-Korean friends?

  23. Vikram September 15, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    And to think that many years back,certain countries fought with each others and had certain allies.Did you know that India and Japan were allies in World War II.Today, Japan and India are also friends .India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have continued the alliance.Today there are many who are against peace.AISC is the second International school I have been to.I like international schools better than local schools because then I can make friends from different countries.I find UN day very exciting because I express my culture.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 11:31 am #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  24. SooYoun September 15, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    All people have their own culture, and we can learn from them. It’s very different than Korean school because the education is very different and we are aloud to speak in Korean.

  25. Sravya T. September 15, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    International Mindedness means bonding with different nationality people and appreciating them. It’s actually a really important aspect of life. Learning about different cultures, beliefs, customs and how people are is all about. Being able to look at other nationalities in a good perspective is a great way to not discriminate against others. Before coming to AISC, I didn’t even know what UN Day was; I didn’t know that it even existed. And I really appreciate that we have such a beautiful way to celebrate “us”. This day reminds of all the disgreements that I had seen with other people who were a different nationality when we should really being grateful that we are able to get to know people who are different and unique. How we can learn and enjoy with other people.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Well-written comment, Sravya and an example of a deep connection that shows critical thinking and reflection. Good job!

      • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

        Sravya, your comment is very thoughtful and shows that you appreciate this unique culture- of being in an international school with such a diverse student population.
        Well done!

  26. Lin September 15, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    International mindedness means to appreciate people from other countries who have a different culture, to talk to everyone without leaving or being mean to people just because of their culture. By being in an international school and having opportunities to talk with people from different countries, I have changed my thinking from before. At first I was closed to people from different countries because I couldn’t really get used to talking and learning and sharing with other people except Japanese. After a few weeks, I realized that even though the culture is different, everyone is really nice to everyone:)

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for sharing your opinion, Lin. What are some ways you think you have changed?

      • Lin September 15, 2014 at 11:54 am #

        I think I changed my personality. Before I think was like “This is RIGHT” but now I am able to accept other peoples thoughts. I learned that there can be lots of ways of thinking and the perspective changes by different culture.

        AND I am really looking forwards for UN day to see other countries area:)

        • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

          Hi Lin, this is a great post. You really have thought about how being a student in an international school like AISC can change you as a person. I am sure that as you move through life, the perspectives you have seen and experienced here will stay with you.

  27. Alice September 15, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    I think the U.N Day will be awesome. I like the french clothes we are going to put.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Alice D,
      How else will you share your culture with someone at UN Day?

  28. Daehyeon September 15, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    We can learn more about other’s culture and we can compare Korea to other country which is different.

    • Mr. Martin September 15, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      Yes, that’s true. Daehyeon, is your comment a shallow connection to the question and these events, or a deep connection? Consider it or think about it. What have you learned during your two years at AISC about other cultures?

  29. Sriya September 15, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    I learned that there many people in our school with different cultures. That we should respect their way of life since you might come from one part of the world and the others from the other side. Here in AISC we all our from one place AISC.

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      I agree with you Sriya. It is so very nice to know about others and respect their unique cultures. It’s also nice to think that we might have our own culture here at AISC- The AISC Culture!

  30. Sai September 15, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    In AISC, there are many cultures, such as kimonos in Japan, Saris in India, and shirts in America. Also, we speak many languages, like Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, English,etc. I am excited about UN Day because we get to show off our culture and we get to know more about other cultures. Finally, we get to have prizes and stuff. YAY!

    • Mrs. Hall September 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Sai, I like how you compare the idea of “many” to different clothing worn in different countries. Sounds like you like the celebration part of UN Day. I wonder what the true “prize” of the day is???

      • Mr. Martin September 17, 2014 at 5:29 am #

        Good question. I bet Sai thinks it’s the food. :>)

  31. Lucie September 15, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    I think the U.N.D is a really special day that we don’t have in France for example. I think it is a unique day that we should never take away or miss it. The only problem is that we can not do it in French school or other school sometimes because there is only one kind of nation and we all do the same things. We have the same culture and the same way of clothing, of eating……

    • Perrine September 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      I agree with you, Lucie, we should never ever take it away or miss it!!

    • Sriya September 17, 2014 at 5:29 am #

      I agree with Lucie, we do not have this day in U.A.E

  32. Perrine September 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    I think U.N. day is fun and your happy to show what your country eats and plays and things like that.
    And also, you learn about other countries and you don’t need to go to the country to know what they eat or play, you just go to the stand and learn about it.

  33. kazu September 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I saw some one selling this Tshirt.

    • Mrs. Hall September 18, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

      Hi Kazu,
      That’s great. How has learning at our school changed your views on other cultures?

  34. Jihyeon Park September 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    I am excited because I can see all the traditional cloths and some food.

    • Mrs. Hall September 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

      Yes, Jihyeon, it is a lot of fun. What do you think you have learned about cultures since joining our school?

  35. Samara September 17, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    I think a way to define international mindedness is when a person respects others cultures. They know that no one would like it if someone insults their culture by saying something. I have been at 3 international schools now and I have learnt that everyone can have different cultures and it is very important to respect everyones personality and who they are. I think UN day is when you understand the importance of your own and everybody else’s identity. Everyone can have different perspective’s and sometimes everyone might not agree so we respect everyone’s point of view.

    • Mrs. Hall September 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      You have thought about your definition of international mindedness and expressed your ideas well. What a wonderful experience to have been at various international schools and learned so much from those experiences. Valuing the perspectives of others is such an important part of life, in my opinion.

  36. Lucie September 18, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    I am so excited about tomorrow ! I want to see everybody’s clothes ! And go to the gym to do all the activities and eat all some of the food from every country !

    • Mrs. Hall September 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      That’s great that you are excited Lucie! I enjoy those activities as well. It is always informative to see what different cultures have to show us at these events.

  37. Yuki September 18, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    I can’t wait till tomorrow

  38. Daehyeon September 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    I’m really excited about tomorrow UN Day because we can learn more about the culture, people and their custom from children of different countries. We come to know about their traditional food and what they like or dislike. We are able to enjoy their special performances. they display their countries talents.

    • Mrs. Hall September 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

      It is a great way to see the foods, clothing, and performances of other cultures. What does being Internationally minded mean to you?

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