Planning Conceptually

Dear blog…it’s been a while. New school. New country. New life to settle into. New job. I’ve started as a PYP coordinator and have jumped headfirst into the challenges in opening a new campus with new teachers and starting everyone on the road to authorization. One thing that’s helped in the transition is the support […]

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: PYP Exhibition

PYP Exhibition is all the rage at our school at the moment. Morning, afternoon and night…We are breathing Exhibition. Students are busy interviewing guest speakers, conducting surveys, watching videos, working with their facilitators, sharing knowledge. It’s exciting. It’s buzzing. Exhilarating. Exhausting. It’s not fair to use the expression: separating the wheat from the chaff…but Exhibition […]

Making it Real

Authentic Math is a challenge I’ve set myself this year, and I’ve been trying to keep this at the forefront of my teaching. I want students to begin with a conceptual understanding and then transfer that understanding and apply it to familiar and unfamiliar situations. A big part of this is making sure students know why they […]

Stop, Pause, Inquire

Just recently, I’ve had to stop and pause in our mad rush to get everything done: the rush to bring the students up to speed in their conceptual math understanding; to read with passion, to engage in our calming, writers’ workshop flow and to kick off our new unit. But stop and pause…There’s some authentic […]