Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.comPhoto by Pixabay on Pexels.comThe 'new normal' Our back to school experience is joyful and yet it presents its own challenges. Our students were out of school from December at the start of the Winter Holiday until May, after four long months of learning and connecting through Zoom classes and … Continue reading Back to School, Post-Lockdown
My classroom and office 13 Weeks of Online Learning and Counting... We haven't been in school or seen our students 'in the flesh' since December. Our school combined our winter and Chinese New Year's holidays and then we didn't go back as scheduled on 3rd February. 13 weeks, of online learning and this has become … Continue reading Trying to Live the Learner Profile
If I am honest this whole year has been a huge learning curve for me. It is my first year as a PYP 6 Homeroom teacher and also the first as PYP Coordinator. It has been quite the balancing act but a great opportunity to develop my practice as a teacher and in leadership. If … Continue reading A Journey through the PYP Exhibition (part 1)
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. " Erich Fromm This year in my PYP6 class, inspired by reading about others' creativity in timings, I have been trying to get the most out of my units by spreading them out over the year. It is a pivotal year for the students. One of … Continue reading Creativity in Unit Timings
This follows on from our inquiry into place value. The students had been talking about division and multiplication of decimals as being a simple issue of just having to move the decimal point. I wondered if after looking more conceptually at place value their thinking about this may change, or they may at least accept … Continue reading The dilemma of the decimal point
We have been thinking a lot about number recently. We watched the BBC documentary The Story of One. https://youtu.be/ojqfwtwitMI My students were fascinated and made some great connections with things they had already learned about and it is inspiring new inquiries into binary numbers and other things linked to it. I has inspired some great … Continue reading What is place value?
The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you. –W. Somerset Maugham I was inspired by a post that I read recently about inquiring into reading by Mary Wade that I found through a link on Kath Murdoch's Facebook page. I started thinking about the reading my students were … Continue reading Perspectives on reading