“Is this the latest version of Windows movie maker?” Freddie asks me in class. “What is the population of Luxembourg?” Marie wants to know. “TWIF” I tell each of them. They know what I mean; they’ve heard it before.
"Despite their growing popularity, laptops may be doing more harm in classrooms than good." (Mueller and Oppenheimer, 2014)
This grandiose conclusion was drawn when the authors tested groups of students taking notes either on laptops or longhand.
A lot of the articles I read in preparation for this post were about the negative side of digital citizenship: online bullying. I touched briefly on digital citizenship and online safety in an earlier blog post, but I will now take the opportunity to
Graduating Class of 2035! My name is Indira Xi. I was born, like most of you, in 2017.
This was around the time that many of our teachers themselves graduated from school. We have heard their stories of 1-to-1 classrooms; mobile devices; MOOCs an
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Last week, teaching my Middle School students some basic coding (in the land of the blind... etc), I programmed a game, at least I think that's w
Does this ring a bell?
"The subject-matter of education consists of bodies of information and of skills that have been worked out in the past; therefore, the chief business of the school is to transmit them to the new generation"
This is ho
You wouldn't... would you?
I'm sure the above video will solicit a lot of memories. Back when films first started appearing online and suddenly, we were led to believe that everyone and their mother were downloading pirated films. Really, what
A digital footprint? What's that?
Recently, I was on my personal Facebook page, and the "On This Day" feature proudly displayed that it was my 10 year anniversary on Facebook. I have been a member of the social network for 10 years. Taking a look at
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
getting the message across
"Mir hunn eng flott a lieweg Sprooch a mir kënnen zu Recht houfreg drop sinn"
"We have a great and vibrant language and we can rightly be proud"
(Claude Meisch, Luxembourg's education minister on schreiwen.lu and th
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
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"We need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some ways more deeply intertwined with
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Firstly, I would like to apologize to one and all for this rant; and it is most definitely ‘a rant’. The crux of my rant will centre on this dri
You clicked! Are you also tempted by list blogposts and then find the content disappointing? There is a list at the end of this post, however.
When I asked my colleague Dave's class of 13 year-olds here in Northern Europe how many of them were r
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Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
Have you seen this video?
It demonstrates how far we have come in a short time, that these people receiving week-old news remind us of Rip van Winkle.
So we bemoan our loss of privacy. We expect Facebook to allow us to join its network for
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Last week I overheard a conversation between some students. They were discussing one of my colleagues. A student had found his Facebook p
John Locke believed that we all come into the world as a tabula rasa, a blank slate. We are neutral, neither good nor evil, and the type of personality and nature we develop is ultimately due to the environment we grow up in. In the continual Nature
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Everything was going smoothly. I was enjoying taking part in CoETaIL; my ideas about education were being gratifyingly confirmed (like a lot of memorable P
Steve talks to himself...
- So how did the lessons go, Steve?
- Which ones?
- You know what I mean. You’ve been procrastinating.
- I don’t call it procrastination when I’m busy with other things.
- I’ll just let that excuse
When talking about Twitter, there's only just enough vocabulary to write a nonsensical haiku. Knowing the lingo can get you on the first rung of the ladder. Yet not everyone gets i
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One of my most memorable learning experiences happened during the year I worked as a journalist on a radical newspaper. I had reported in a fe
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
As an educator I'm always looking for ways I can shift the paradigm of my profession away from the traditional. Very often I frustrate myself by thinking too big, and by expecting administrators, colleagues and institutions to change and adapt quickl
This week my post comes from the bleachers as I'm on my weekly lunch duty assignment.
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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
When I was in my early 20's (nothing makes you feel older than a phrase like that), I paid my bills by bartending. I didn't realize it at the time, but I had so much to learn about teaching from mixing martinis and recommending bottles of wines. I
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
For my Course 4 final project (and, eventually, the Course 5 culminating project), I hope to work on redesigning the journalism program at TAS. I am in a unique position for this project because, as the only journalism teacher at TAS, I have almost c