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 →


The language of inquiry

We're taking time to read a poem. There's some difficult language. "I see 'faux pas,' I am curious what it means.." muses one boy. Several classmates immediately pipe up. "It's French.." "Pas means not, so it's not something..." "I wonder, what is 'faux'?" In the background I ponder the first student's use of language. He... Continue Reading →

What does your blog really say about learning?

I need to blog. After spending nearly 18 months forcing myself to update daily, I haven't posted in 5 months. Like Royan, I don't quite feel right when I'm not blogging yet I also struggle with putting my thoughts out there for others to read. I could blame being busy with teaching, masters study, lack... Continue Reading →

Using visible thinking to inform reporting

Phew. Another round of reports over and done with. One of the easiest parts of the reports to write this session was our unit of inquiry. In the past I'd be pouring over rubrics, student work and tearing my brain for memories of classroom conversations. This year I used the data the children had gathered... Continue Reading →

At a conference

Because at this time of year doing a conference workshop seemed like a good idea at the time...

What makes the end of the year so challenging?

Every year I think to myself, I'm not going to get caught feeling tired and stressed at the end of the year. I start reports early, finish off assessment as quickly as possible. Yet somehow still feel myself running on empty with just over three weeks to go. Then I figured it out. No matter... Continue Reading →

I used to think, Now I think, I didn’t think of…

Project Zero Classroom continues to push my practice almost 11 months after the event. This year I've been exploring how the use of screencasting might amplify the use of these routines in class. What has been particularly interesting isn't that the children follow them - it's when they start to adapt them for their own purposes.... Continue Reading →

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