Ripples & Reflections

"Learning is about living, and as such is lifelong." Elkjaer.


Stephen Taylor

pastiesDirector of Learning and IBMYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Co-chair of the MYP East Asia Network (Japan & Korea). Former HOD Science and IBDP Biology and MYP Science teacher. Middle school girls’ football coach and high school Eco Club supervisor. IBEN school visitor and candidate school consultant. Previously an IBDP Coordinator and Chair of the Dunia network in Indonesia.

surfaidsup.jpgFather of two Cross Culture Kids, living in Kobe, Japan, though originally from the UK. Bandung, Indonesia and the English Lakes are also ‘home’. Author of Currently studying on the MA in International Education pathway at the University of Bath and trying to think critically about my teaching and act on my learning. Current interests include internationalism, evidence-based teaching practices and making meaningful use of educational technology.

Family, surf, snowboard, service and travel.

balealThis is my attempt at a more reflective personal professional development blog. I believe that as international educators we occupy a position of privilege and should share our learning and resources with others.

The views expressed here are my own and not necessarily those of my school or the IB. 

If you want to get in touch, please send me an email at stephen[at], or through Twitter.


Short Third-person Biography

I’ve been asked to produce this for a couple of things, so here it is. 

Stephen is the Director of Learning and MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan and co-Chairs the MYP East Asia (Japan-Korea) network of MYP schools. He was formerly an IBDP Coordinator in Bandung, Indonesia and until recently taught IBDP Biology and MYP Sciences. He is a UK-trained teacher with a keen interest in international education, curriculum development, educational technologies, pedagogical leadership and reflective practice. He has recently completed an MA in International Education with the University of Bath. With a philosophy of sharing, Stephen’s popular internet resources and site support IBDP Biology and MYP Science teaching and learning while raising donations for a selection of charities. He probably tweets too much, and you can find him @sjtylr.

He writes personal and professional reflections at the blog and is actively engaged in Twitter-based professional development, seeking and sharing resources and thoughts on science, education and #EdTech. He is one of the originators of #MYPChat and manages the resources at His presentation on MYP Mind the Gap: Tensions in Transitions between MYP and IBDP at the IBAP Regional Conference 2013 was very well received and he recently trained as an IB Educator Network School Visiting Team Member.

His MYP and DP journey began in Jakarta in 2006, working towards authorisation for both programmes as a teacher at Tunas Muda International School. He is forever learning currently studying towards an MA in International Education at the UK’s University of Bath.


Summary CV

August 2011-present

Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan

MYP Coordinator, as of August 2012, Director of Learning (PK-12) as of August 2015. Previously: MYP Science  Grade 9 Intro Chemistry, Grade 10 Intro Physics & Environmental Science) & IBDP Biology teacher, Head of Department for Science.

August 2007 – June 2011

Bandung International School, Indonesia

IBDP Biology, Grade 9 Science (integrated), Grades 6-10 Health and Personal Development, IBDP Coordinator, Chair of DP Dunia, the Indonesian IB Diploma Programme Schools’ Network.

July 2005 – June 2007

Sekolah Tunas Muda, Jakarta, Indonesia (now Tunas Muda International School)

MYP Science (integrated), IBDP Biology, IBDP CAS Coordinator

September 2004 – June 2005

University of Exeter, Ridgeway School, Plymouth & Ivybridge Community College, Devon

Secondary Science PGCE Student

January 2003 – August 2004 

EF English First, Bandung Indonesia

English, TOEFL, IELTS instructor

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