Makerspace or Making Space for Learning?

As computers have become more ubiquitous, old-style computer labs have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Children don't go to a separate room to learn programmes just in case they might need to use them as adults. They are using programmes as part of their learning now, with a strong likelihood that the device and... Continue Reading →

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Decluttering pedagogy – what to stop doing in 2019

New Year's resolutions. January 1 flips over and we spring into action trying to improve ourselves. Yet by February, those promises are long forgotten and we're back to our old habits. Thanks to Maire Kondo's Netflix series, decluttering our homes of unneeded possessions has been added to the standard new year's resolutions along with getting... Continue Reading →

Rethinking student councils

When schools are asked how they include students in decision making, they often point to student council as an example of students having voice and choice in the running of a school. This mirrors what happens out in the 'real world' we vote for representatives and then entrust them to lead and make decisions on... Continue Reading →

#ishcmc3E – engage, empower, energise

4 years ago I decided to spend a day of my vacation hanging at the International School Ho Chi Minh City. That day turned into a week. Since then, I've come back three times for the school's annual 3E conference. True to the conference aims, I've been engaged, empowered and energized. Engage When I first visited ISHCMC... Continue Reading →

Saying no to Classroom Eye Candy – Planning for Agency from Day One

No matter how many years I've spent in education, I never sleep well the night before the first day with a new class. I fret about mispronouncing names, how amazing other teacher's learning spaces look in comparison to my own and wonder if I have enough activities planned to keep the kids 'occupied' until the... Continue Reading →

Revisiting the Arena Framework

Earlier in the course, we applied the Arena Framework to our own teaching context. As I've progressed in this course, I've been thinking a lot about the depth change. Rodger's Diffusion Theory of Innovation (2003) conceptualized change as a bell curve of a given population adopting an innovation. In this regard, success is viewed as a... Continue Reading →

Quality learning – Focusing the ISTE Standards through the lens of photography

I often get asked if I know a good handwriting or science app or which apps I use the most. My answer often surprises people, the camera. I chose the camera because it's a piece of technology that is most accessible and used by teachers outside of the educational sphere. At the baseline, you can... Continue Reading →

Learning to sit outside the Literacy Circle

It's been nearly two months since the learners in my class asked me to sit outside the literacy circle. Each week one of the children acts as the main facilitator for the group. The child drafts questions to discuss the novel Out of My Mind and makes a seating chart based on the data from the... Continue Reading →

Learner agency – be sure you’re asking the right questions

Agency. It's the word right at the centre of the new enhanced PYP. Like many schools, our teaching team is starting to reflect on what this means for how we plan learning engagements. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a planning meeting focused on what the teachers would be doing to support learner agency... Continue Reading →

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