Connections: Skyping with Australia

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 […]

Where Students Are in their Thinking

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 […]

Inquiry into Distraction

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 […]