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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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 →

Are e-portfolios past their educational used by date?

This post is perhaps a tad hypocritical. I have not one but two e-portfolios. I’ve used e-portfolios in class for the last few years. They’ve been around in education since back when I was coding html sites in the 1990s. However over the last few months I’ve been wondering if e-portfolios have been mean meeting... Continue Reading →

Sometimes the hassle of tech just isn’t worth it…

There are moments in teaching where everything around you has turned to custard. Resources arrive late, there's a big event happening and the technology isn't playing ball. Yep you read right. Even us technology enthusiasts have days where we wonder out loud after having plans and back up plans fall through. The classroom is in disarray and we seethe. Technology... Continue Reading →

A lesson in effective communication

Flight delays. Like many small set backs in life the attitude you take determines your experience. In attempt to make hay while the sun shines, I sent out this light-hearted tweet. https://twitter.com/americanair/status/492844739176046592 https://twitter.com/americanair/status/492850204300042240 As this conversation was taking place, Tripit was quickly sending push out notifications of gate changes and delays to the flight to... Continue Reading →

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