I seem to write a lot about questions. The more I look into them, the more I see the massive potential they have to revolutionize the way we teach and the way students learn. In preparing to share some ideas on questions at our faculty meeting, I came across an article about questions. The article… Continue reading Ask Great Questions
These three questions are from the latest Kid President video. His video is a call to action, specifically for support of #socktober, but also just a general call for people everywhere to ask themselves: 1. What am I not ok with? 2. What do I have? 3. What can I do about it? With action… Continue reading 3 Questions That Need Answering
One of the things I “dread” is the report or research project in which students simply regurgitate a website on a tri-fold board or a Keynote filled with (stolen) text. I think the key to avoiding such things, is good questions. And, the better the question, the better the project. As a teacher in a… Continue reading More Conceptual Questions
Just before I went to our faculty meeting yesterday, I saw this graphic in my Twitter feed: I went off to our meeting to find we were about to engage in a grade level protocol based on an Edutopia post titled “The Power of Being Seen”. As a team, we were given a page… Continue reading Do You Know My Name?
The IB recently sent out this tweet which has sparked renewed interest in the Concept-Question cards that I first put together when working as the Grade 3-5 Coordinator and Grade 3 teacher at Yokohama International School in 2008. I have used them for teacher workshops, PYP Exhibition, parent workshops, and most planning meetings I go… Continue reading UPDATED: Related Concepts on Concept-Question Cards
I have been re-visiting the Agency by Design website over the past few days. One of the things I was reading about was a “Big Rocks/Little Rocks” task which was designed as a way to have teachers prioritize their values related to teaching and learning. The idea is to think about what you want your… Continue reading Agency by Design
The IBO recently shared a graphic as part of it’s work in revamping the Primary Years Programme. To be clear: This is their communications graphic illustrating the new organizing structure; not the new programme model. Agency (Voice, Choice, and Ownership) feature heavily. As I looked at this and thought about each of these components of… Continue reading Don’t Say “Agency” Unless You Really Mean It
My previous post, Start With Kindness…And Then Legos outlined the plan for the first lesson with students in the Design Pit. I have done this lesson nine times now. Six to go. And it has been really interesting. Here is what I have learned: Kids don’t mind working on their own but some will almost… Continue reading Reflection: LEGOs
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