In 2016, Tara Martin (@TaraMartinEDU) first had the idea of using Snapchat with her students as a platform for annotating, analysing and connecting with literature. Tara believes in “meeting students where they’re at” and using tools that they are already engaging with. How many teenagers use Snapchat? A lot! Since 2016, she has developed this… Continue reading #BookSnaps: 21st-century comprehension
This year, my students have been enjoying their passion projects. I still have a lot to learn and there are certain things that I want to do differently next year, but this allocated time for exploring passions (commonly known as Genius Hour) has been one of the most rewarding parts of teaching this year. It is… Continue reading Genius Hour: dream BIG
This has been a draft for over a year! I am keen to share my thoughts on this, but I am nervous about actually publishing it because I know that it will be unpopular. I hate the idea of being controversial! Having said that, I do welcome debate. First of all, let me be clear:… Continue reading My issue with Teachers Pay Teachers
As part of #pypbookstudy, we are reading and discussing Teach Like a PIRATE by Dave Burgess. In his section about passion (the ‘P’ in PIRATE), Dave encourages readers to thoughtfully answer his three questions. As a blogger, I thought that I might as well publish these answers. As always, my blog keeps me accountable for my reflections.… Continue reading How do your passions influence your teaching?
I have been inspired by my colleague’s blog post this week. Dickie Wada-Thomas thoughtfully reflected on the Manchester terror attack and the vital importance of the PYP Attitudes. You can read his post here. While you’re there, follow his new blog for regular updates. On that awful day, my social media feeds were full of… Continue reading Character education: why hide the ‘hidden curriculum’?
Kriti Nigam has taught different curricula over a journey of fourteen years. She has been facilitating PYP Grade Five for four years, currently working at Pathways School, Noida (India). Kriti loves collaborating, exploring new ideas and implementing innovative, interactive and constructivist teaching methods. Connect with her on Twitter @NigamKriti. Kriti and I are both passionate… Continue reading The power of a professional learning network (collaboration with Kriti Nigam)
How would your class function without you? On Tuesday, I did not speak. My teaching partner didn’t either. We were in class (for safety/legal reasons), but we ignored our students and subtly took notes about what was happening and what was said. This learning engagement was jointly inspired by Paul Solarz and Tania Lattanzio. In… Continue reading Silent Teacher Day