Taking the text out of assessment for learning – Inforubrics

Formative assessment is a tricky beast. Rubrics are way to get the children reflecting and showing growth on their learning. However they are often text heavy and written in teacher speak. This makes it hard for children to identify learning priorities and document how they have shifted in their learning. Enter the inforubric. A set of simple concepts... Continue Reading →

Read alouds in Mother tounges 

With book week at my school, my classroom assistant suggested that she read a book to the kids in Hindi. As a follow up my polyglot class are jumping to bring in favorites from their own languages.The benefits of this have been huge:Monolingual students get to experience being a situation where they don't understand the... Continue Reading →

A Wonder-ful start to the year

With many southern hemisphere schools starting their school year, I thought I'd drop in a read aloud recommendation to start the year with. This year I started the year reading Wonder by R.J Palacio. This book is about an 11 year old boy by the name of Auggie Pullman who is born with with a severe... Continue Reading →

From inspiration to action 26/365

One of the challenges I issued myself after my visit to NIST was to be more mindful of unpacking  Primary Years Programme (PYP) attitudes with my class. The class is currently exploring a unit of inquiry into 'Cultures express themselves through the Arts.' The children have been looking at this concept through lens of photography as they prepare a portfolio of... Continue Reading →

Putting together pieces of the learning puzzle… 25/365

Over the weekend I presented at the Google Apps for Education summit in Bangkok. Since I was going to be in the city, my principal kindly gave me a release day to observe the teachers at the New International School of Thailand (NIST) in action. Spending time in another school observing teaching in other schools... Continue Reading →

Home learning – less is more 24/365

Disclaimer - I totally stole my home learning template from @sherrattsam and Chad I highly recommend their blog Time Space Education Rather than give the children preset tasks my English and a unit of Inquiry home learning consists of a simple provocation and a blank sheet of paper. From there the children are expected to... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: play to your strengths

"I suppose I make funny jokes," the child mumbles. Instead of ticking off boxes that the mini-exhibition include art and ICT, I'm challenging the kids to think about ways that they can best express their learning. While some of the children know exactly what it is that gets them in a state of flow, many of them... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: taking time, making space

In the next few weeks the Year 5 classes have to do a mini exhibition. For those not familiar with the Primary Years Programme  (PYP), the exhibition is the culmination of the PYP where kids get a chance to showcase their learning to the broader community.  My school has mini-exhibitions for younger children. Year 5's turn is at... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: Who exactly needs to be tuning in?

We are inquiring into sharing the planet, rain forests. It's 'time' to tune in. But who exactly is tuning in? Often we think it is the teachers job to set out photos and displays, find videos to watch to lure students into finding out more about the central idea. We have to preload them so... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: From Knowledge to Action #pypchat

People have unique to express their feelings This was the central idea for my first unit of inquiry as a Primary Years Programme (PYP) teacher. As part of the unit's provocation my class and I watched Kindness Boomerang and I challenged the kids to come up with ways to apply the big idea of the clip to... Continue Reading →

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