This semester I have been working on a Game Design unit with my Grade 8 Students. As with most units that you run for the first time, there were elements of success and elements of “hmmm….not sure I would do that again that way next time”. I tend to give a lot of freedom in… Continue reading Game Over…
PDF Download: Ladder of Feedback – Please use with your students. Respond in the comments with what worked and what you would change. I am working with MYP students on a Design unit at the moment in which they are designing a solution under the umbrella topic of “Improving Lives”. Everyone is at the stage of… Continue reading Ladder of Feedback
PDFs for Workshop Sonya – Play MetaRubric-Cards 2018-scratch-game-design-teacher-guide Pedagogical documentation Mirror and Light Learning Through Play Learning Through Play – Neuroscience Next week, I will be leading two extended sessions on Prioritizing Play. Now, I am no expert on Play but I am an educator and a mom and I want to think more… Continue reading Prioritizing Play
In the PYP Exhibition we have mentors. How this plays out can look different from school to school. As the PYP Exhibition is a culminating experience of learning from the PYP program, it has been common practice in many schools to expect all teachers from the whole school to participate. To that end, I have… Continue reading We(chat) Are The Champions
Four years ago, I started this blog post. At the time, I was inspired by the story of the Canadian coach coming to the aid of a Russian athlete with a broken ski, unable to finish his race. When asked about the incident, the coach, Justin Wadsworth, said: “I went over and gave him one… Continue reading It’s About Giving Some Dignity
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?
I watched two TED talks last weekend, both on the theme of “Play”. They both were really interesting, but the second one really got me thinking, especially when Peter Grey spoke of all the skills that children can learn through play: I am running an after school activity for G1-5 students. It is called… Continue reading Just Let Them Play!
One of the resources that I’m using a lot in my new role as a design teacher, is the book called Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager. This book details an inquiry type cycle simply called TMI: Think, Make, Improve. This is very accessible language for students and most of the… Continue reading TMI
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
Last week, I was at the American School in Warsaw as a Learning2Leader for the Learning2 Europe conference. Part of my job was to give an L2 talk. A short talk on a topic of my choosing that fit the theme of the conference: Include, Inquire, Inspire. I was tossing ideas around when, like over… Continue reading Who’s Your Amy?