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The learning cycle

Like international teaching, learning about technology is quite the whirlwind adventure. Once you get started, there really is no going back- you just need to take the plunge ’cause you’re in it for life! Joining #coetail has pushed me this year and it’s been wonderful. I remember at the beginning of the year sharing with…

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Just like sugar, technology is everywhere

I have been really paying attention to when I use technology and when my students are engaged with ipads or laptops or using the doc cam, and it is all over the place. Actually even today students were on laptops working on the MAP testing which was interesting because even that testing has changed over…

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Teaching…the Amazing Race?

Teaching and education really is an amazing race… I mean even “Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a persisting change in human performance or performance potential…[which] must come about as a result of the learner’s experience and interaction with the world” (p.11). This definition encompasses many of the attributes commonly associated with behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism…

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When it Feels Good

I don’t really remember what year it was or what sparked the idea but I just remember thinking that Math could be so much more fun if we could play games – and I do specifically remember reflecting to myself that I wasn’t really sure if parents would be ‘game’ (oh yes… I had to!) with…

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Show me the money!

The PYP and PBL’s go hand-in-hand I think. The PYP is all about inquiry-based learning which can be very challenging. Actually- it can be very, very challenging and of course does not lend itself to everything- just like PBL’s. Project or Problem Based Learning are meant to enrich students’ learning and so is inquiry however…

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Throw yourself in- your students will catch you!

Hello world! Man… it’s been a while. These pauses between course really get to me! That and when we started Course 4 I was on holiday in Vietnam and then Bangkok, then Exhibition, then Bhutan, still Exhibition and my PLC group did a presentation on Twitter!…you get it. It’s a tad busy. But I’m here…

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Teachers Teaching Teachers

At our school we have a professional development opportunity on an early release Tuesday where we have a Teachers Teaching Teachers (T3) which is exactly as the title infers; teachers teach their colleagues. It’s a great way to get a peak into my colleagues’ classrooms, get a mini snapshot of a workshop they’ve been to…

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Images That Take Action

Remember when I got into my students’ head about Syria? We were last talking at home about what action we could take and with who… well we have made progress. We ARE taking action. My students came back together last week and one of my Swedish boys brought in an email with probably five different contacts…

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Getting Into My Students’ Head

Here is the background info: My students and I have been busy talking about Syria. Remember, I teach Grade 5. It’s been very intense, thoughtful, action-driven and kid-friendly discussions surrounding the conflict that is Syria with a focus on the refugees. I had five groups (Liberia, honeybees, Zambia, Syria & palm oil) actually become journalists with…