Video provocations – use small screens to develop conceptual thinking

Video is a powerful medium for provocation. Images, words, music can help us visualize powerful concepts and support storytelling that explores big ideas. Traditionally, teachers gather the children into one group and all watch the video together. Yet during this process how much precious learning time is wasted: Organising the children to sit down in... Continue Reading →

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Make your parent emails more meaningful with @adobespark

In this age of instant communication, the old paper newsletter that often ended up scrunched up at the bottom of the bag is a relic of the past. Each week I send out a 'warm fuzzy' email where parents learn more about what's going on in class as well as important dates coming up.  As... Continue Reading →

What is your new year question? #oneword2017

Over the last few years, I've committed myself to the same resolution when the calendar changes to January 1. I will go to bed before 11.This is a simple goal and has a noticeable impact on my well-being. Yet here I am mid-January wide awake and typing away on the computer at 11.30 pm. Holidays lull every... Continue Reading →

“Split personality” photos on the iPad

At the moment my class is exploring how humans use clothing to express their ideas and beliefs. To tune into the unit we had a 'free choice' fashion day where the children could choose their own outfit to express their personalities. I did an initial fashion shoot with the children where I encouraged them to... Continue Reading →

Making essential agreements ‘sticky’

Rather than a teacher-made visual of our essential agreement the kids were tasked with coming up with a display. Typorama served as a quick and easy way to produce student-made posters for our room. I love that they serve as visual prompts and ways for students to show their understanding.

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