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Guest post: Four big words for quality relationships (by Ross Dawson)

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)

Child Development · Discussions · Passion Projects · Student-centred · Student-led

Genius Hour: dream BIG

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

#pypbookstudy · Discussions

How do your passions influence your teaching?

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?

Behaviour · Child Development · Discussions · Hidden Curriculum · International-mindedness · PYP · Religious Education

Character education: why hide the ‘hidden curriculum’?

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’?

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The power of a professional learning network (collaboration with Kriti Nigam)

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)