The tour guide on the side – inquiry outside the classroom

Field trips. Barking at the children to not touch, wander off, fidget and listen attentively all while in the public eye. It's stressful. Does it need to be? Inquiry learning is something teachers plan for in the safety of the school environment. However, once we take children on field trips, it's easy to slip back into... Continue Reading →

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Using time and space: visualising Singapore’s history through iPads

Our opening unit of the inquiry for the year is 'human exploration results in new discoveries' with a particular focus on Singapore and the different waves of migration that have shaped the country's history. There are two aspects to this unit that the children would likely find challenging. Firstly that waves of people from different... Continue Reading →

Neat erosion experiment

As part of our current Unit of Inquiry into how the world works my class is looking at soil erosion. I love experiments like this that happen over a long period of time as each day the first thing the kids do when they come to class is take a look for changes. You'll need... Continue Reading →

Students teaching the teachers – the best tech PD comes from kids #ipadkl

One of my jobs in the last few weeks has been to share professional learning back to the other teachers in the school. Way back in September last year I attended the iPad summit ISKL. It's been almost 6 months since the conference, which may seem a long time to go between attendance and feeding back... Continue Reading →

Using iPads to create Visual Learning Goals – @petavision @pocketpixels

This is the third in my series of visual goal series. Part 1 is here  and part 2 is here. Instead of children merely writing down SMART targets for the term and filing them away never to be seen again, I am a big fan of using Kath Murdoch's one word approach to goal setting to focus kids... Continue Reading →

From assembly to maker faire… #adechat #pathon @bookcreatorapp

Another unit of inquiry ends. It made sense that a unit which started with creating ended with creating. Like many schools, our primary school has regular assemblies which are led by different year groups to showcase learning. When we look at the purpose of assemblies they are: An opportunity for children to express themselves and present their learning.... Continue Reading →

Feeling the fear and doing it anyway – my foray into the world of maker education

I’ve never been the type that has been good at building things with my hands. Being barely able to write my name legibly, constructing things and making objects of art was something that other teachers did. Outside of the milk bottle igloo, I really hadn’t done much work on physically creating things.  Most of my... Continue Reading →

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