Action. It is one of the core components of the PYP and yet it is often something teachers seem to struggle with – inspiring action in their students and helping grow authentic action from inquiries. Thankfully, there are a lot of really great resources out there to help us in our quest to help kids… Continue reading Inspiring Action
Scrolling through my Twitter feed I was drawn to the graphic below. Simple. Clean. Minimal. Colorful. It just looked like smart thinking to me in the 2 seconds that I glanced at it on my phone. So I scrolled back and took a closer look. This is the work of British designer Hayden Peek. His idea is… Continue reading Design Thinking in Action
Action research: research that will help the practitioner. -Kurt Lewin When I first heard the term ‘Action Research’ I think I focused more on the ‘research’ and less on the ‘action’ and in doing so, was a little turned off at the thought of engaging in hours of reading through studies and adhering to protocols,… Continue reading Action Research
The following information is a direct cut and paste from my classroom blog. The blog is used as a communication tool between home and school. I also post homework, ideas, polls, and all things related to life in 4D. Over the course of the year, we have gone from “What is a blog?” to “Can… Continue reading PYP Exhibition – Video Inspiration to take Action Six Different Ways
Over the last two days, I have introduced the Playbook to my class. I started on Wednesday with a group of seven or so kids who were ready to move on. They took to it like bees to honey! On Thursday, I had a couple of kids from that initial group share it with the… Continue reading The Playbook in Action
One of the key things I think the Exhibition excels at, is conveying a sense of action. Action is one of the main components in a PYP curriculum, yet often is something that is hard to assess, hard to pin down, and yet something we as teachers REALLY want to happen! As part of our… Continue reading Speak To Inspire Action
Note: This post was written by me and was originally posted on all Grade Four class blogs at my school following inappropriate use of WhatsApp group chats by a small group of fourth grade students (outside of school hours but impacting life in the classroom). I chose not to provide a link to the Harvard issue… Continue reading What’s Up With WhatsApp?
Imagine you are a car. Your school year is the journey you are about to embark on. You need fuel in your tank to keep you going. What are you going to choose to fill your tank with? What is going to serve as your fuel? What will drive you on? Seth Godin wrote an… Continue reading Choosing My Fuel
It is the phrase any parent will know in their sleep. But why isn’t it echoing in our hallways at school? Where is the demand to be seen? To show off what has been created? To share one’s creative endeavours? The other day I (somewhat) jokingly said to a colleague that we should “Banksy” the… Continue reading Watch Me!
Recently I posted about a Maker Mindset. My friend, Darcy, shared an article with me today about a Producer Mindset – specifically, Raising Producer Kids. Written by Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Philip Guo, this is a great piece with loads of ideas about the concept that we… Continue reading Producer Mindset