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
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’?
I believe that maths (generally) is a damaged subject. What other subject provokes a lifelong fear in learners? Teachers often focus on the wrong things and teach in inaccessible ways. Good maths teachers know that mathematics is a wonderful subject for all learners, it’s deeply conceptual and lends itself perfectly to exciting learning engagements. It’s actually my… Continue reading Five maths practices to scrap in 2017
Apple has recently released the free Apple Teacher program. I would like to become an Apple Distinguished Educator at some point, but I’m not yet familiar enough with Apple products. The Apple Teacher program is a perfect introduction. To sign up, click here. The program offers two options: the iPad course or the Mac course.… Continue reading Five handy iPad tips to support students
Last week (12-18 February 2017) was Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week 2017. The RAK Foundation is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of kindness and the importance of spreading it. Since 1995, RAK Week has been an annual celebration of kindness. I had never heard of it until this year. How sad! If… Continue reading Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWeek2017
‘Mindfulness’ is a term that I’ve heard floating around over the last couple of years, but I didn’t really get it. Nobody ever really explained it to me and I never took the time to research it myself. This year, following a school-wide effort and excellent PD sessions led by John Shanahan, I have come to… Continue reading Why mindfulness?
At the beginning of this week, I was thrilled to find out that many of my students (in Hong Kong) had been following the US election. They showed a genuine interest in politics and current affairs and they were able to articulate their opinions maturely and respectfully. Many of them used Newsela (without any prompting) as a source… Continue reading What have children learnt from the US election?