We can’t all be right all the time – why a little bit of online conflict is a good thing

Early in my career I had a team leader who had a reputation for being highly critical. Other teachers thought this teacher was hard to work with. My team leader could harpoon an idea at any meeting big or small with a simple question: "Have you thought about..." It was a highly effective strategy. I still... Continue Reading →

You can’t change the world in 6 weeks – Thoughts on sharing the planet 

Of all the transdisciplinary themes in the PYP Sharing the Planet is the one that brings up a lot of ethical concerns for me as a teacher. This is particularly the case in my context where I teach at an international school in highly developed Singapore. The kids and I live in a bubble of... Continue Reading →

Blogging does make a difference – one teaspoon at a time

One of the purposes of my blogging has been to been to effect change. I've never for one minute thought that me putting my learning out there would shift major mountains but I did and still do think it could be used as model a different way of looking at how we document and develop... Continue Reading →

My students call me by my first name and I kind of like it

I've changed my position on students calling teachers by their first names. During my first placement was at an intermediate school where I went by Ms Lastname and was reasonably convinced that this was the way to go. I didn't particularly want to be on a first name basis with my students due to always having to be... Continue Reading →

Should student teachers blog?

Dooced (V) to lose one's job because of one's website. One of the most famous bloggers on the internet, Heather Armstrong, spawned a new word after she was fired in 2002 because she wrote satirical accounts of her experiences at work on her blog dooce.com. More recently a teacher in Philadelphia was dismissed after a... Continue Reading →

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