[caption id="attachment_131" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chain connecting PBL and IB PYP[/caption]
The "Question" is the link that connects the Project Based Learning (PBL) and the IB Primary Years Program which is the most ap
[caption id="attachment_128" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lego Blocks[/caption]
According to Edutopia's post "What is Successful Technology Integration"
Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices li
In preparation for the final project, this week I wanted to think about how I can apply what I have learned over the past 5 weeks to an existing model of coaching at my school, namely the Leaders Of Learning teacher development programme. Again, I fo
I found this week's reading very interesting as we move closer to the final project for this course. As I am more of a visual learner the first link I clicked on was this interesting graphic on the cyclical process of effective coaching:
I was in a bit of a panic about this week's task to observe a lesson as my chosen colleague has been out of school for the past week and I was worried I would fall behind. But as it happens, our LOL programme started up again just last week which was
I know pretty much straight away who at my school would be a good candidate for me to coach during the next few weeks (and beyond). I chose a new member of our Year 3 team Sara. She is new to teaching PYP and since joining our school in September has
“User inspired upper-level technology literacy; collaboratively coupled with the ability to apply knowledge and skills effectively to perform or complete a task.” In a wordy, complicated nutshell that is my definition of what we are all
I recently co hosted, with my Ed Tech Team, a parent information session on "Making the Most of Your Child's Screentime". Many of the parents eagerly attended hoping we would provide the answer to the million dollar question, "How do I keep my
In the past month I came across the #observeme trend. Just take a look at the movement on this hashtag on Twitter in the past couple months. Combined with my reading and thoughts on the necessary evolution of teacher evaluation, I became very interes
Last year my school decided to implement digital portfolios using Blogger from Grade 3 to 8. This is the second school that I have worked at during such an huge undertaking. I had learned a few valuable lessons from my last school which made
I always love the beginning of the school year.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="900"] flickr photo by big t 2000 (Tony Heussner) https://flickr.com/photos/big_t_2000/8330140003 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license[/caption]
I have often said to parents that my goal as an educator is to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. I often get looks of puzzlement and surprise. I think many people still see educational institutions as vessels of knowledge which fil
Sometimes the best laid plans just don't work out. Sometimes, when you really want to tell someone to quit complaining and just do what you need to do, you really need to just sit still and listen. Sometimes, when you only get to ask two of your t
This week my post comes from the bleachers as I'm on my weekly lunch duty assignment.
[caption id="attachment_411" align="alignleft" width="197"] Out to Play[/caption]
One of the things I love about our middle school is the freedom the students
Here we are on another Friday afternoon. I've taken care of an apple for my afternoon snack and I'm ready to reflect.
I'm finding my most difficult challenge to be the part of the job that I also like the most. The constant change of attention
In Angela Duckworth's latest book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance she shares a 2x2 matrix that invites us (as parents, teachers and coaches) to rethink the way to support our children and/or students.
Daniel Pink, best selling au
My first full week of the school year is complete. So far, I absolutely love what I do. It is completely different everyday, full of puzzles, people and practice. I'm dedicated to looking at this with the beginner's mind as I go through each da