Fascinated By the Dubai Mindset

Having had a few nibbles on the job front I was excited by the prospect of a head of school position in Dubai. Notwithstanding the opportunity of working (and learning) in a K-12 school in an international setting, living and experiencing another culture  is appealing.

However, having not lived overseas and only travelled internationally for short work related activities, my lived experience in this area is relatively thin (it is a daunting prospect choosing a new place to live).

So how do you begin to acquire the necessary information? Well, as one does, the extended use of Youtube became my window into a brave new world.

My first foray into Dubai was via the Strip the City episode where an explanation of how the city was built intrigued me. I was fascinated by the sheer scale of the thinking, creativity and engineering feats that I devoured the youtube videos for more information (some of my favourites are listed below).

There were many other helpful websites that allowed me to paint a picture of Dubai including:

Perusing the internet searching for tidbits highlights the power of personalised learning and the necessity for our schools to pursue opportunities for our learners to use technology. Living in a connected world with information at their fingertips, our children have the world at their feet (and so do we).


Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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