One of my favourite things about reading blogs is that, over time, I really get to know the authors. I hope that my blog’s readers feel like they know me increasingly. With this in mind, I would like to share my story of how my teaching career began. My first teaching post (kind of) was… Continue reading Tanzania: where it all began
Anyone who has followed me for longer than five minutes knows how much I love Seesaw. I am a very proud Seesaw Ambassador. I truly believe that it’s a game-changer in education. One of The most impressive things about it is that it is continually improving. Just when you think it can’t get better, it… Continue reading Seesaw updates (summer 2017)
The potential benefits of co-teaching have been well documented. However, it is also widely accepted that co-teaching is challenging. Without the correct conditions, co-teaching can (and often does) fail to meet its potential. Through my research, I have come to realise that co-teaching is most commonly associated with special needs education. It is becoming increasingly… Continue reading Co-teach like a PIRATE
That’s it! It’s all over! Another academic year has drawn to a close. What an unbelievably fast year it has been! I love working in a big school for many reasons, but the high number of teachers means that there will inevitably be sad goodbyes at the end of each year. This, unfortunately, includes Danielle… Continue reading Always be a risk-taker!
Ross Dawson is the Primary Principal at Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA), a bilingual IB World School in Hong Kong. Ross has lived in Hong Kong for over twenty years and has returned to VSA this year after studying Psychology of Coaching in Sydney, Australia, and running his own educational consultancy and coaching business. Ross has… Continue reading Guest post: Four big words for quality relationships (by Ross Dawson)
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