Teaching intelligent disobedience

Please watch this video and share. It is so important to remember to teach our children intelligent disobedience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdKPIK71SP8 Children need to have the strategies to say NO!

Authentic learning opportunities are everywhere!

Whether children are unschooled, homeschooled, on holidays, doing distance learning.... or not, they all have plenty of learning opportunities around them. What do you see? According to you, what learnings might occur just by engaging children in cooking? What might children UNDERSTAND (concepts) and be able to DO (skills)?

Standards-Based Grading Session for Middle Schoolers

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my slides from the Middle School session I lead on Standards-Based Grading with 150 students in attendance from Gr . 6-7-8. You will see the laughing rubric from Susan Brookhart (cited) and I got permission to share the video clips of the laughters of 6 volunteers so feel free … Continue reading Standards-Based Grading Session for Middle Schoolers

Books on failing forward for primary students

Failing... I just saw a Grade 4 student cry today. He would not say why and wiped his tears quickly. I asked a friend of his who told me that he had come last in the run and that's why he was upset. I felt empathetic. I imagined how it feels when you don't get … Continue reading Books on failing forward for primary students

Inter-Trans-Multi-Disciplinary…

What is the difference between Inter / Trans / Multi / -disciplinary? In their article "Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, education and policy: 1. Definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness ", Choi and Pak (2006) share analogies for the different terms and I found this so easy to understand and remember: Interdisciplinary is a … Continue reading Inter-Trans-Multi-Disciplinary…

LOTS & HOTS to work with Gifted and Talented

Have you taken into consideration Bloom’s taxonomy when designing a lesson plan? I am aware of the Bloom taxonomy, however I used the Marzano & Kendall taxonomy more, i particular the useful verbs of his their taxonomy that helps specify what kind of function or process our students are engaged in. It works well in an International Baccalaureate environment … Continue reading LOTS & HOTS to work with Gifted and Talented

Some strategies for effective teaching and learning

Student agency and teacher’s responsiveness and adaptability are probably some of the most important components of an effective and inclusive classroom. In order to observe this effectiveness and modeling personalized learning with teachers, I am in favour of the cognitive coaching approach where the coachee and the coach first meet to determine what the goal … Continue reading Some strategies for effective teaching and learning

My experience with CBE

My experience in personalizing learning through the use of Competency Based Education (CBE) revolves around knowing my student’s learner profile (strengths, interests, aspirations, needs, IEP if any, and any relevant standardized test scores), being flexible with their learning pace (some learners are engaged in completely different tasks within the same class), and collecting learning evidence … Continue reading My experience with CBE

Journaling

I have been quite impressed at how much we can get from the 'discipline' of journaling. Journaling allows us to dive deep into ourselves. We think about ourselves, our learning, we reflect and we become more aware of things we want to accomplish, things that are important to us and how we might get there. … Continue reading Journaling