Connected Learning – Twitterfied Classroom

As a fifty something the world of social media is pretty relatively new to me and at times overwhelming and somewhat scary! As much as there are fears about the use of social media it is clearly part of our futures – people want to connect – to feel part of something outside their daily…Continue Reading…

Talk Talk

In my classroom talk is essential to everything we do. Children narrating their thinking is crucial to success. By talking together we construct and apply meaning. “Dialogic teaching harnesses the power of talk to stimulate and extend students’ thinking and advance their learning and understanding. It helps the teacher more precisely to diagnose students’ needs,…Continue Reading…

Peace Talk

“Developing practices that reflect understanding of language and learning in an international school context: scaffolding, building background knowledge, extending language and affirming identity.” SPELTAC This is an idea I have been reflecting on the SPELTAC readings in course 1 – A Shared Pedagogy for Language Learning. These are practices I am keen to strengthen in…Continue Reading…

Making Learning Visible

Making Learning Visible  One of the challenges I noted in my class is finding ways for students to capture their thinking in a way that is meaningful yet developmentally appropriate for them, while maintaining high expectations. Recent research has focused on the power of visual note taking or sketchnoting when students doodle and annotate to…Continue Reading…

Digital Optimist

Why is connectivity important? This thought has been spinning in my head since our introduction to SPELTAC. As I began to reflect it led to some interesting dialogues with those around me.  Was this a new concept? How has the concept of curiosity and connection evolved over my lifetime? Has this always been an important…Continue Reading…

Beautiful Questions!

Beautiful Questions – Rethinking the Wonder Wall Questions, questions…beautiful questions! Isn’t wondering and asking what we want to know essential to making us engaged learners? I’ve recently been reflecting on how, when and why we encourage children to do this.  Often we work on those deep inquiry questions but do we give enough time for…Continue Reading…

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