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 →

Peaks and Valleys of #PYPx – Part 3

We are officially finished week 4 of our PYP Exhibition Expedition and I'm trying to blog our experiences of the process. For those joining the journey be sure to see the previous posts. Breaking the mould of #PYPx - Part 1 Authentic collaboration in #PYPx - Part 2 Peak - not being in school but... Continue Reading →

Authentic collaboration in #PYPx – Part 2

We are officially into 'Week 2' of our PYP Exhibition Expedition and I'm trying to blog our experiences of the process. For those joining the journey be sure to see Part 1 Breaking the mold of #PYPx - Part 1 Time We started this week feeling pushed for time. Public holidays, school events and other... Continue Reading →

Breaking the mould of the #PYPx – Part 1

After a few years of acting as a PYP mentor, this year I find myself working with our Year 6 team on exhibition. Over the next few weeks as part of our exhibition, I will try to document our journey. The Year 6 team identified that for an exhibition to be powerful, it needs to... Continue Reading →

Agency begins with a culture of ‘yes’

During the Christmas holiday, one of my students emailed me asking if she could organise a Skype between the class and her godmother in France. We had just finished reading Alan Gratz's phenomenal Refugee, as a class read aloud. The class had previously Skyped one of my contacts who works for Amnesty International, and now... Continue Reading →

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