Learning Together While We’re Apart

Tackling the isolating feeling of learning online is a huge challenge for so many of us right now. With millions of children not yet back in school full time (or at all) and learning happening through a mixture of on and offline activities how do we help our children connect with each others as well … Continue reading Learning Together While We’re Apart

Teach Happy: Embedding well being during online learning

As the impact of Covid19 on education continues to be felt around the world, a growing number of educators, thinkers and leaders are calling for a long term reconsideration of the purpose of school. The concept of teaching well being, and happiness, in schools has been steadily gaining traction for a few years. With the … Continue reading Teach Happy: Embedding well being during online learning

Remote Learning and Reading

As it becomes clear that school won't 'return to normal' for a while yet and many of us will be remote or hybrid the pressure on the curriculum continues to mount. Whilst student and staff safety and well-being must come first, some estimates place effective curriculum delivery at anywhere from 30-60%. Certainly for our school, … Continue reading Remote Learning and Reading

A Community Approach to Conferences

Ask any teacher their thoughts on conferences and you’ll likely get a mixed response (even from just one individual).  Conferences can be exhausting. Aside from the longer days as teachers stay after school to meet family, they can be mentally and emotionally tiring too.  However, we learn so much about our students and their families, … Continue reading A Community Approach to Conferences

No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun

In the face of a growing sense that homework is not effective for improving learning outcomes in primary age students, many teachers are facing the somewhat difficult question of what to do now.  We take a look at the evidence, and the way forward from here. Does Homework Work? Evidence on homework is at best, … Continue reading No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun

Showcasing Learning in the PYP

It’s about 7:30 in the morning on a Wednesday morning in November and parents who usually drop their kids at the gate are slowly but surely filtering into our school auditorium.  Myself and our leadership team are busy greeting parents and directing them one way and their very excited, dressed to the nines kids another. … Continue reading Showcasing Learning in the PYP

Community Engagement: Using Seesaw to help families get involved in learning

Community engagement and building the learning community has been the focus of a lot of discussion, debate and development in the past couple of years - especially with the rise of EdTech. There are many reasons for this, but the changing face of engagement is strongly influenced by two things; Social media - we're used … Continue reading Community Engagement: Using Seesaw to help families get involved in learning

5 High Impact Teaching Strategies to Support Student Growth

High Impact Teaching Strategies are a set of reliable practices which can be used to shape teaching and learning in your classroom. There are, of course, many more high impact strategies you can use too - but for today we’re focusing in on these 5. The thinking behind High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) is to … Continue reading 5 High Impact Teaching Strategies to Support Student Growth

Improving the Way we Reflect: Reflecting on ATL Skills

A few months ago we set about redesigning the way we give feedback.  Whilst rubrics, standards and criteria are valuable tools to help students understand where they are at this moment in time, the link to growth isn’t always clear for every child (or teacher). Working with a few teachers we began devising, trying out … Continue reading Improving the Way we Reflect: Reflecting on ATL Skills

Research Skills: Working towards the IB ATLs

As mentioned in an earlier post Mark and I have been working on ways to build a community of researchers in school. We're excited to be presenting about this at the upcoming IB Global Conference in Abu Dhabi. Before we could begin thinking about what this might look like in the classroom, we identified a … Continue reading Research Skills: Working towards the IB ATLs