My grade five learners are coming to the end of their self-chosen design projects. At the moment they are choosing how they want to reflect on their learning and what questions they want to be asked. I am adding a question to their list: How will this project inform your thinking for your work in… Continue reading Exhibition, Design, Action!
I was going through my digital sketch book and came across two graphics on Agency that I created a few weeks ago. The first looks at the relationship between agency and action. The second asks you to look at how your decisions support agency in the PYP. Agency isn’t a new concept. It is linked… Continue reading Action and Agency
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
So it might seem premature to start talking of “life after COVID19” but here in Nanjing, this is where we are heading – albeit slowly. Nothing about this situation is normal. It is unprecedented. Exceptional. Out of the ordinary. And our return to school deserves to be nothing short of the same. When schools, including… Continue reading See You On The Flipside!
I was invited by the Faria Group to lead a webinar on the PYP Exhibition. This is one of my most favorite things to talk about so it was an easy ‘yes’. The enhancements to the PYP have brought about a lot of clarity (in my opinion) as to what the Exhibition is and what… Continue reading PYP Exhibition