Co-teaching · Organisation

Co-teach like a PIRATE

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

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

Assessment · Ed Tech · Organisation · Reporting · Student-centred

Seesaw information (from a new Seesaw Ambassador)

My students and I used Seesaw regularly throughout last year. You can see my previous posts here. Since then, I have taken a break from Seesaw to assist with trialling some alternative portfolio/blogging platforms. Though there are many apps that are decent and constantly improving, Seesaw just seems to be one step ahead. For that… Continue reading Seesaw information (from a new Seesaw Ambassador)

Assessment · Classroom Display · Discussions · Ed Tech · Organisation · Workload

Ten strategies to manage your teacher workload

In a previous post, I outlined my strong beliefs about why teachers should have a reduced workload. I argued that less is more, for several reasons. I shared my experience of working in the notoriously stressful UK system and how my life has changed since moving abroad. The international reactions to that post have made… Continue reading Ten strategies to manage your teacher workload

Assessment · Ed Tech · Organisation · Student-centred

Seesaw: from showcase to learning

Seesaw is advertised as ‘The Learning Journal’, and it certainly has that potential. However, just like any educational technology, the impact on learning depends greatly on how it is used. If I’m being honest, I did not use it to its fullest potential during the trial period. This post will summarise ways that I plan to… Continue reading Seesaw: from showcase to learning

Assessment · Ed Tech · Organisation · Student-centred

Digital portfolios using Seesaw

It is part of our school-wide action plan to transition from hard-copy portfolio files to digital portfolios. This year, some teachers have been trialling Seesaw, myself included. I am aware that there are many options available for documenting work electronically, but I have little experience of other platforms. I am not in a position to say that… Continue reading Digital portfolios using Seesaw