Teaching in the eye of the pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CafU_gAJNAo Watching our Term 3 second a day video, you’d be mistaken for thinking it has been business as usual here in Singapore schools. Reading groups took place, science experiments were observed and maths tests were marked. What the video had trouble capturing is what happened since late January in Singapore, as different regulations have... Continue Reading →

Breaking the homeroom mould

When we moved into our new campus, our team seized on the opportunity to re-think how our year group uses space. Inspired by the masterclass that Rosan Bosch held at WAB’s Future of Education Now!, we thought differently about how we might set up different spaces for our learners. Instead of allocating each class a... Continue Reading →

Keeping the ‘new school’ feel alive

Over the December break, my school moved across town to our new campus. It’s something I’m never likely to do again in my career. Yet now that I’ve gone through the process, I wondered how can we keep that ‘new school’ feel alive in 10 years? Schools aren’t the buildings or the facilities, but the... Continue Reading →

Top 3 Lists for 2019

I borrowed this concept of ending the year with lists of both personal and professional 'top threes' from Chris Kennedy's blog, A Culture of Yes Top 3 actions I took this year Acknowledging the Christchurch Mosque attack A conversation with one of our learners who felt despondent about the attacks in New Zealand prompted me... Continue Reading →

Starting the school year off slowly – putting PYP enhancements into practice

Tarryn asked how teachers were using the PYP enhancements to guide planning. So here's what the first few days of school look like. The learner Take time each day to greet and ask about their day. The children will design a layout for the learning space and move the furniture. Setting up the learning space... Continue Reading →

One second of learning day – what’s microtrending in your class?

Documentation of learning is a tricky business. Like so many teachers, the camera roll on my phone is full of photos and videos of learning in action. How can those digital artefacts be used to tell a story? I was intrigued by the 1 second day app and this past academic year committed myself to... Continue Reading →

My year of reading furiously – #40BookChallenge

When it comes to reading I've always felt like a bit of a fraud. Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild have inspired me to give time and space for children to regularly read in class. Yet at the beginning of this year, I was, at best, a sporadic reader. I'd polish off half... Continue Reading →

#PYPx – low floor, high ceiling

How often in planning meetings is a new idea often met with phrases such as: "That will never work for student X" or "What about so and so, they'll never get anything done." This is particularly the case as we move towards more personalised inquiries. Let's take some time to unpack some underlying assumptions. What's... Continue Reading →

Bringing design thinking to the staging of #PYPx

Wow was that week 5 of PYPx gone? For those just joining, you may wish to look at previous blog posts. Breaking the mould of #PYPx - Part 1 Authentic collaboration in #PYPx - Part 2 Peaks and Valleys of #PYPx - Part 3 We started our staging process this week by reflecting on previous... Continue Reading →

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