I have learned a lot through COETAIL (though I still get stuck on minor techie issues) and I have done some really cool projects such as The Little Ideas Swap Blog where my students blogged what they were learning and what school was like to other st
I decided I wanted to try Projects Based Learning (PBL) after reading more about it and reviewing the Wikipedia definition:
A student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge throu
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Am I really there? Is this the end? Like the mythical Ouroboros that represents something constantly re-creating itself, an infinite
And so...it ends! COETAIL est fini! This is my last (and final) blog post. What a journey! Who would have thought a year and a half ago that I would have come so far. Not only did I stretch myself to finish this certificate, I also stretched professi
Howdy all! We are now into week 3! I hope you are all enjoying the content in Course 4. While I was working at the University of Kentucky over past couple years I learned a lot about, and worked with many schools who have or where implemented project
I think that many more of us would like to believe that Student Agency in our classes reflects the definition by Mark Wagner in his interview about the EdTechTeam and its honeycomb model, than is actually the case on a day to day basis. I fear that
And Then There Was One...
One more course that is! Wow where has the time gone? Just this time last year I was starting my endeavor with COETAIL as a grade 4 teacher in China. Now I am wrapping up my course as a grade 6 math/science teacher i
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My son began kindergarten this year as a 4-year-old, because his birthday is September 17th, and the school cut off for entering KG-2 is Octo
I am an Essential Question freak....I love them, plaster them on my walls, and refer to them constantly. See...
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Independence and inquiry are two traits that I strive to develop in my students as they are skills that I believe will allow them to be successful in the real world. For many students, becoming independent and being given the freedom to inquire does
This week of learning about project, problem, and challenge based learning could not have come at a better time. My school has recently adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and from what I can gather, we are moving toward a more trul
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When I looked at this course, I felt I knew quite a bit o
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I wish someone could tell me math is very important for living in real life. As long as money is involved, it is always about numbers. When you work at a company, we ne
Reflect On Your Own Use of Devices in The Classroom.
At first when I read this question I thought it was purely about what technology I use with the students. But after reading the articles it is more about the way I structure use of technology in
Tech. in the Classroom
I’m not currently in a classroom, and oh, how I miss it! No, not the grading, the lesson plan writing, the behavioral issues, the constant repeating of instructions, reminders to do this or that. But I do miss the glow of ex
Been a great week in my classroom, this week as the shackles are off following the end of exams!! Woohoo!!! This week I started a mini PBL with my "life skills" class. This is a lesson I have with a mixture of children from different classes a
Technology greatly influenced my pedagogy in the are of Project-Based Learning specifically. In fact, I was not introduced to PBL until my tech coach brought it to my attention last year. I had used elements of it in my classroom, but often still put
The Process is the Goal. Think about that for just a minute. Continue to think about it. Think about it until you get it. When you get it, success will depend on it.
"People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extr
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Authentic learning through real-world ideas, group work, multidisciplinary knowledge, problem solving, creativity, evaluation and presentation, are what I understa
I'm not sure when I first heard of Project-Based Learning, but it has been something I have been wanting to have experience with for a very long time. It seems to be very elusive for me in terms of getting my hands dirty with it. Any time there is
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The pedagogy of discovery learning has been around for over 50 years. All the x-based learning have somewhat sprouted from the
Project based learning, challenge based learning, emmm maybe Task Based Learning!!!
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What have I learned this week? I have learned that what I thought I was d
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Too many acronyms - how do we keep track? PBL X2, CBL? If you teach in the IB program you also learn a pleather of other acronyms.
I dove into Problem Based Learning this week. As an administrator sometimes I feel like I am constantly solving problems--lots of people come to me with their problems on a daily basis. I love Problem Based Learning (PBL) and when I was a teacher
Last week, I wrote a blog post about a project from my Grade 3 Beginner EAL (English as an Additional Language) class. The students created thank you videos and tweets for Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of their favorite book series.
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Woohoo! I’m done! I really didn’t want to be working on this during my holiday, but...things don’t always work out as planned.
What I like the most with Coetail is that I have valid reasons to try new things!!
As this week is about project-based learning, problem-based learning, challenge based learning….I jumped in and introduced a Genius Hour-like to my Grade 5. (To be
“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
“The school cannot be a preparation for social life excepting as it reproduces, within itself, typ
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As educators, one of our ultimate goals is to help students deepen their understanding of concepts we are teaching. We want them to make connections between differe
Technology as a SUPPORT to Curriculum
Whenever I think of technology integration in the classroom, the big idea I need to remember is that technology should not be in addition to instruction but should actually “support… the curricular goals, an