The American School in Japan (ASIJ)

Tokyo, 2013-2015

NoTosh Team

Ewan McIntosh, Peter Ford, Hamish Curry, Tom Barrett

Creating a Climate for Positive Learning

Education Programme Redesign II

ASIJ wanted its students to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with their education, while growing and developing as individuals in the wider community. To achieve this, the school was keen to challenge preconceptions around teaching and learning and asked NoTosh to assist.

Over a two-year period, we established a strong working relationship with the leadership team at ASIJ and worked with them to embed DESIGN THINKING in the school’s approach to teaching and its relationships with its students.

To create a revitalised academic climate, students were encouraged to use feedback loops to develop self-evaluation skills and provide constructive comments to their peers; and staff were challenged to create meaningful educational projects clearly connected to real life situations. Staff and students alike adopted a trial and error approach to their teaching and learning strategies, accepting some ‘failures’ as essential components of success.

Now ASIJ students and teachers are happier and more fulfilled – pupils are more engaged with their work, bring forward suggestions for further learning and show a marked improvement in their grades.

“I’m really a strong advocate for NoTosh, and I believe that they could help any schools that are open to change… we’re a very different school today to the one we were before NoTosh came along… and I think that’s in the most positive way for students and their learning.”

Ed Ladd, Head Teacher, ASIJ (2010-2016)
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