My COETAIL journey. 2 courses down, 3 to go. So where am I with my new learnings and discoveries?
I enjoy the art of blogging and reading and responding to the insightful ideas and perspectives of people in our cohort and my new and in
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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We fooled ourselves. Created a false narrative. Told ourselves that if we wrote Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings, planned assessm
Wiggins and McTighe use a brilliant airplane metaphor to address the need for planning. They state that when a pilot wants to fly to London, she doesn’t just get into the airplane, set the destination, kick back her feet and hope for an arrival sev
For my final project, my teaching partner-in-crime and fellow Coetailer, Lydnsay Janzen, chose to revamp our Grade 4 Social Studies unit on Conflict and Resolution. One of the reasons we chose this unit is because (for a variety of reason) we di
I both love and hate election years. I love them because it allows me to do so much with my students and apply the skills we are learning to real-life situations and allows us to watch politics and social issues change. I hate them because of the vi
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
Last year, I went through a 9-week unit on GarageBand with my students. I planned it, of course, but did not know about UbD. It was a learning process and without my tech coach, I would have made countless errors. Instead, I still made a few that I w
Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?
Anyone else love myth busters? I picked this unit because I think the kids will be able to have a lot of fun with it and it immediately grabs their attention. We did p
*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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So this is it. 4 weeks of serious research; 2 weeks of planning; 6 weeks of teaching; And too many hours of reflectin
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Dear Digital Friends,
This post has been in draft form for so long I barely know what it's intention was anymore. But I am archivi
A long time ago, a really good friend of mine taught me a valuable lesson about myself. Sometimes I get stuck on, ‘dumb.’ We found this phenomenon as I was mentally wrestling with a technical problem whose solution was evading me. Rather than att
Welcome to the wide world of relativity. Where things time and space are not what they seem.
This unit is part of my IB Physics Standard Level Year 2 course. This is the final unit in the course. I will be teaching it starting next week.
Last week I was busy thinking about, deciding on and planning a meaningful collaborative project with my young Early Years students and another class at my school. Now, my "school" is actually 3 separate campuses somewhat spread about in Central Sw
Last week I made an online promise to read others posts before I made my own post. This was in response to a post by fellow Coetail 6 member Jen Coleman about remixing called Seeing the Light. So what follows is a remix (or maybe my synthesis) of som