Activities within a classroom are designed to give learners the best opportunity to acquire knowledge and apply understanding. In the same vein that we teach that mathematical strategies are comparable to a technician’s tool belt, to be used at a
Following on with a previous post on challenge based learning in the PYP curriculum, I decided I'd tackle Games-based learning next. Perhaps unfortunately for me (or at least my COETAIL deadlines), I was also thinking about my upcoming
(Disclaimer - if you're even remotely considering ever trying out badging as a project with your learners, you will be hard pressed to find as much inspiration as the links and shoutouts in this post will give. I give mad and total props to all my pe
As I was going through Flipboard to find an article to read, I saw the video clip about UbD explained by author Jay McTighe. I had gone to a workshop on UbD before when I was student teaching, but for some reason after actually teaching, the process
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
*BAM* This week's readings hit me! As a PYP teacher with a hefty amount of PYP experience, I immediately recognized the transdisciplinary nature of Project-Based Learning and thought, 'Well, maybe I know more about this than I thought I did!'
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This final project was definitely the hardest one yet. It had lots of challenges; first one being that I'm the special needs teacher
I guess this is finally the part 2 of my introduction to our unit!
The teacher, PYP coordinator and I finally sat down and nutted out the planner. We have a fantastic new Central Idea:
Our body and man made resources help protect us from the natu
MinecraftEdu is a phenomenal tool for educators. The possibilities are endless and I am already planning how to integrate MinecraftEdu into language, mathematics and social studies units.
I found that a one hour setup before each session real
One of the significant advantages of being a COETAIL student is the level of community engagement required and encouraged. Any educators at any time can reach out globally yet this wasn't something I really benefited from until
My Minecraft Inquiry is now well underway. I still have a lot to learn but we are definitely making progress with MinecraftEdu. I've discovered that we achieve more in Creative Mode and that border blocks help students to build in the same location.
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
Calling all Beastie Boys fans out there! Doesn't the word infographic get the song 'Intergalactic' stuck in your head? It does for me!!
And now that you're humming THAT little tune, let me say, "Yay for infographics!!", because I am Wendy, an
I am now ready to begin my Course 5 Coetail Project.
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My aim is for students to plan and design a new school. They will have to consider the r