Today, we got a chance to Skype with a Year 6 PYP class in Melbourne, Australia. They had questions about our lives in Japan and school. We got a chance to ask them about their lives and Australia. Students were interested in the fact it was an all-Jewish school and that they wore uniforms. Students […]
This week was jam-packed with learning for me. Thanks Kath Murdoch for some inspirational words and prompting me to assess in a new way. And thanks to the “Making Thinking Visible” course I’m taking that has helped me bring my students to some really deep thinking. We ended a unit this week on beliefs. It’s […]
After a 6-week long exploration into beliefs, we wrapped up our unit with published podcasts, a discussion with grade 11 students and a final reflection. The podcasts will be published on this site. See the left-hand column. We’ll publish 3 a day and then vote on which one to send to National Public Radio’s site: […]
In the spirit of Dear World: http://www.dearworld.me/, students wrote their beliefs…They have written about these beliefs in their essays and are recording podcasts. Dear World: This I Believe http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=122138
My students, let me just say, are great thinkers. We’ve done a lot of thinking routines, and I’ve been inspired (and yes required) to try some thinking routines and visible thinking documentation with my students. We just had a discussion about Malala, the Pakistani girl who was recently shot for her beliefs. Our current unit […]
As we are finishing up our unit on beliefs, let’s think about some recent news where a girl, named Malala Yousafzai, took a stand for her beliefs. She was attacked by people that didn’t hold the same beliefs as she did. Malala is a teenager who believes that everyone, including girls, should have the right to […]
Sometimes the most spontaneous ideas turn out well. The elementary tech coach and I were meeting the other day about technical stuff, but I couldn’t get something off my mind, and so our conversation turned to focus and the distractibility of computers. Our students are privileged. They each have their own laptop. It remains in […]
Student work now published. Students finished their personal narratives, found available photos, and now their work is published to the world. All of these stories are real, personal narratives. Enjoy! Please leave comments. What do you think? http://static.issuu.com/webembed/viewers/style1/v2/IssuuReader.swf Open publication – Free publishing – More children
Read the book! Read the book. From the final project comes this trailer about a pen that made history. Frindle, by Andrew Clements.
Students finished the book Rules by Cynthia Lord. Would you want to read this?