When implementing passion projects, the most important lesson I've learned (and want to share with you) is that students must be free to learn...and FAIL.
Without the ability to struggle, grow bored, change topics, the process is a little meanin
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
Well, its hard to believe I am writing my last COETAIL post. Not my last blog post ever thanks to my COETAIL experience! What a journey it has been over the past year and a half. I have learned so much which has enhanced my teaching; its hard to kn
My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
The end of COETAIL is fast approaching and the due date for the final project is ever looming...I have so enjoyed every part of the experience but I must admit I lost that loving feeling a little when I found out that course 5 couldn't be used for cr
Well, I hope all my fellow Coetailers had a great summer break and a great start to the new school year! As ever with the start of each Coetail course during this whole experience (which I have loved), I have found post 1 of Course 5 difficult to wr
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
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
I made a goal for myself to write a bit this year about my work, so here it goes.
I'm happy to say that, at least from my perspective, our first week at LCS was a fantastic success. There were bugs, lots of them, with our LMS and scheduling, but
Since the beginning of Course 4, I've been grappling with what I could do for my Course 5 project. I wanted a way to completely redesign a unit with something that would challenge me, but also do something I was comfortable with somehow. With me movi
It's funny that my previous post touched on my frustrations with technology in the classroom. It can be a management "thing" and a huge reason why I often drag my feet when it comes to using technology consistently. Each year I use technology randoml
Another year in the books. I've now got thirteen years of teaching under my belt and it feels good. It seems like so long ago that I sat in the office of Jackson Middle School on a snow day to interview for my first teaching job. Little did I know as
There have been so many different ideas that I have considered for my final project and I am still not sure which one I will go with so while I was tempted to use the UbD planner to reinvent a recent unit I am instead going to reflect on a couple of