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Advisory Flex Time Activity

25 Sep
My walking club
One of our staff members at AISL knocked sausage tree fruit off the tree
Sausage Tree Fruit

Our Flex time on Tuesdays and Thursdays is a new addition to our Advisory program at the American International School of Lusaka (AISL) this year. We have developed Flex time within our Advisory program to give our students more choices and leadership opportunities. We kicked this off with the first 3 week options being developed from student suggestions. Next session we hope to see lots of our students proposing and leading opportunities for their peers. Modeled on National Geographic writer Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk, slow journalism, and “slow looking.” Learn more about the sausage tree from this video by Discovery UK. From the San Diego Zoo: “With its peculiar, sausage-shaped fruit and blood-red, tulip-shaped flowers, the sausage tree Kigelia africana (also Kigelia pinnata) is a striking standout” in Africa.

The Sausage Tree | Africa’s Trees Of Life (source: Discovery UK)

G6 WWW T-shirt Design Contest

12 Sep


Here are some examples of some of the COOL designs we have received, so far, for our Week Without Walls T-shirt design contest. We look forward to seeing more examples. The designs are due on Friday. Please submit your design to your advisory teacher. The finalists will be selected and invited to meet with the man who makes the t-shirts – Wednesday, September 20th during lunch. Pizza provided!

Week Without Walls Pics

29 Oct

What an exciting week of learning! Your teachers and Utsaah are putting together an album of the best of the best of our photos we took during our week in Panchgani. You can also see all of my Tweets and photos, if you look at my Twitter feed (@DigitalNomadRob) on the right side of my blog. I also posted some photos to my Instagram page, which is also on this blog. Check them out, while we put together your album. We hope you had a great week of learning and were challenged to try new things and to make new friends. This week in advisory, you will do some reflection on your week. Enjoy your long weekend, and see you on Tuesday, November 1st (2H). 




All photos taken by Rob Martin!

Sophia’s Blog – Save Earth: Save Us

24 May

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Check out Sophia’s animal blog, Save Earth: Save Us. It’s a very nice blog which focuses on endangered animals and the environment. It’s quite nice. Take a look, and post a comment. Click HERE to see the blog. Great job, Sophia. I hope you continue to make posters next year. 

Goodbye & Good Luck!

16 Mar



Goodbye and good luck!

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RISE Event – Friday (Be There!)

2 Mar


RISE, March 4 at 4:00pm in the Auditorium

On behalf of RISE at American International School Chennai (AISC), we would like to invite you to a special event on the AISC campus. RISE (resilience, innovation, service, and entertainment) is a committee that brings innovative thinkers and performers to our school to enrich the discourse and exposure around big ideas and global issues related to our mission and core values. This looks really good, and you should attend. More information is in your student bulletin. 



18 Feb


Advisory Identity Tagxedo

25 Oct

Human Jelly King Tagxedo

Human Jelly King Tagxedo

Here are two Tagxedo word clouds we made in advisory for our identity unit. The one above shows different words that describe students in my advisory class. The one below is one I created for me. :>)

Mr. Martin's Tagxedo

Mr. Martin’s Tagxedo

World Wide Wilbur

12 May

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Our M.S. assembly today featured Wilbur Sargunaraj, India’s first Youtube superstar.  We danced, he told jokes, and he had some important messages – Be yourself, be first class!  Did you enjoy this assembly? What was some of the advice he gave to students? Vote on the poll question below and check out some of the articles and videos he made on National Public Radio (NPR) about village life in Tamil Nadu and India. Some of his comments made me think of the Out of Eden project and our next footstep, the importance of meeting people from other cultures and learning about other cultures. You might enjoy the video on this playlist about life in rural India. You’re a simple superstar!

Advisory: What is Caring?

5 Dec

What does it mean to care? How does one show caring?


Comment or share other quotes or videos that show the trait of caring.


Advisory: Project Xpat

4 Dec
Students and any parents who might be following our blog,
Here is a slideshow that the grade 6 team shared at the M.S. assembly today. We’d like to thank Vinay R. for his excellent introduction (no notes) and Prannoy for his sounds of Chennai recording. It was great to read so many different reflections on what it means to be an expatriate in India.  For more information on Project Xpat and to see where we got this identity lesson idea, Google NPR Project Xpat. There are some nice articles and recordings to check out.


Poll Question: Traits of a Good Friend

4 Nov

In advisory/Flex classes, many of you have taken ‘friendship’ quiz. Answer the poll question below. If you vote ‘other,’ please comment and add other traits of a good friend.


Welcome back!

6 Aug

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Greetings and welcome back to AISC!  It’s going to be an exciting year, and we welcome you to the middle school. This blog, along with our Moodle pages will help provide support and resources for what we will learn this year. Please take some time to look at it and to view the teacher bio pages to learn more about your Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. We recommend you ‘follow’ our blog, so add your email address and you will receive a message in your school email inbox every time a new post is created.  We also encourage you to post comments, ask questions, share information, politely agree or disagree with your classmates and use the blog to extend learning in the classroom. Check out this helpful video, if you are still having trouble with your combination lock.
 Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya

Keeping track of my responsibilities

9 May

In advisory class we are talking about responsibility. How you do you keep track of your responsibilities? What is your favorite way to keep track of assignments and things you need to do? If you selected ‘other,’ please post a comment and tell us what you use.  Do you think next year’s 6th graders should also have a planner? Share your opinion.

1 Pointed Mind

5 May

In advisory this week, MS Counselor Ms. Trish talked about the importance of focusing on one thing at a time and the power of meditation. Here is the video she showed you. When you are feeling stressed out, or if you simply need to calm down before taking a test, watch/listen to this video.

You have one week to reply to this poll question. If you selected ‘other’ for a choice, post a comment and tell us what sound you find most relaxing or calming. Thanks.


The Time You Have

18 Oct

This video will show you the importance of making the most out of your free time and your daily routine.  In Advisory, we have worked on our Identity unit and you have recently tracked your time and how you spend each day. At the end of the video, the narrator asked, “What if you had just one more day. What would you do that day?”  Some of you said this video clip, shared with the grade 6 team by Ms. Rebekah, was a bit sad (the man’s tone or voice I guess). What would your ideal or perfect day be like? How would you spend it?   

How to open my lock

9 Aug

Here is a helpful video for students who have trouble opening their combination lock.  Practice, practice, practice…it gets easier!
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