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
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
Imagine you are a teacher. The school year is about to begin – it’s the first day for teachers to arrive at school. You walk into your classroom and there is a letter for you. From your students. Dear Teacher, The most important thing you can do for us this year is to teach creativity.… Continue reading Imagine A Teacher
Is it just me or does it happen to you too, that when you start looking into something – in my case, Empathy – that it keeps appearing everywhere?! Boosting Comprehension Through Empathy Engaging With Empathy in Art Class 6 Ways to Show Math Empathy Math, Science, Literacy, and Empathy are Not Mutually Exclusive I… Continue reading Empathy Everywhere!