Teachers – be careful with that mute key

One of the hardest parts of teaching online is so many of the tools we use every day in the classroom to help build relationships aren't there. We can't physically move our bodies to be closer to a child whose actions are telling us they need our attention. We can't easily use eye contact to... Continue Reading →

New Beginnings – moving during a pandemic

The pandemic moved from raging around the periphery of life in Singapore to forcing those of us on the little red dot into our homes to join millions of others in off-campus learning.  Then I said a 'hard goodbye' to my awesome Year 6 teaching team and my home for the last six years in... Continue Reading →

We are physically distant now, the future of learning is collaborative

When school returns do we keep doing what we always have done?Teachers in the individual spaces.Learners even further apart.A danger of physical distancing measures put in place is that it can also support a return to traditional desks and worksheets. When schools moved off campus, we forced to reimagine how learning might happen when we are... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

#twecon 2012 conference offerings in tweet form

I almost missed #twecon, the conference in tweet form this week. This may be in part due to the organisation this year as conference titles weren't called for in advance. I still love the idea of a big educonference holding a twecon as part of proceedings. Perhaps it could be a challenge for educamders .... Continue Reading →

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