Behaviour · How We Organise Ourselves · Organisation · Student-led · Tuning In

Silent Teacher Day

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

Ed Tech · Guest Blogging

Guest post: A guide to cyber threats (by Alvin Kwok, Bryan Lam, Bryan Li and Michael Tong)

This post is contributed by Alvin Kwok, Bryan Lam, Bryan Li and Michael Tong. For their PYP Exhibition, they have inquired into various cyber threats, how they work and how we can protect ourselves. Along with my teaching partner, Fion Poon, I have been mentoring the boys. I am proud to share their work on… Continue reading Guest post: A guide to cyber threats (by Alvin Kwok, Bryan Lam, Bryan Li and Michael Tong)

Discussions · Ed Tech · Flipped Classroom · Professional Development

Online certification courses: five recommendations

I love online learning. Our professional development no longer has to rely on school priorities or budgets. Online courses have made it easy to organise our own professional learning. Apart from the Apple Teacher program (which I’m halfway through), I have completed all of the courses below. I highly recommend them. Yes, it’s nice to… Continue reading Online certification courses: five recommendations

Discussions · Growth Mindset · Inspirational Quotes · Professional Development

Public speaking F.E.A.R.

I am terrified of public speaking. This isn’t an exaggeration. I’m shy, introverted and have a slight speech impediment (it was much stronger as a child). A few years ago, I was asked to present some awards in an assembly. I was new to Victoria Shanghai Academy and overwhelmed by the size of its staff (it’s… Continue reading Public speaking F.E.A.R.

Behaviour · Ed Tech · Google · Hidden Curriculum · Social Media

What will your students find when they google you?

When I was training to be a teacher, social media was relatively new. Everybody was joining Facebook and many teachers were getting in trouble because of their inappropriate sharing. In my training, we were advised to keep everything private. “Your students will inevitably google you. Don’t give them anything to find!” Teacher training, 2007 How… Continue reading What will your students find when they google you?

#pypbookstudy · Discussions · Professional Development

Summer reading 2017: eight book recommendations for teachers

In an older post, Teacher workload: why less is more, I offered ten reasons why teachers’ workload should be lessened in places such as the England (still my most popular post to date). One of these reasons was to allow time for professional reading. I love it! Along with blogging, reading is something else that I do that… Continue reading Summer reading 2017: eight book recommendations for teachers

Differentiation · Ed Tech · Google

Five recent(ish) Google Classroom updates

Considering how much I love Google Classroom, it’s surprising that I haven’t blogged about it since September. There have been many great updates since then. Google is constantly listening to feedback from teachers and updating their products in response to ideas and suggestions. Most of these ‘recent’ updates are not actually very recent, but they… Continue reading Five recent(ish) Google Classroom updates