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
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
5 ways to Build Inquiry in Your Classroom: Asking Questions
Asking questions is one of the foundational skills of learning, its something a lot of children do instinctively and can open the doors for great inquiry led learning. However, its also something we can easily fall out of the habit of promoting in our classrooms. There can be any number of reasons for this; not … Continue reading 5 ways to Build Inquiry in Your Classroom: Asking Questions
Building a Community of Researchers: What does good research look like in schools?
A topic Mark and I have been focused on a lot the past few months is that of research. Specifically helping students to become researchers. Both coming from a humanities background has perhaps played a significant role in why we see this as important. The skills you need to succeed in those disciplines (formulating questions, … Continue reading Building a Community of Researchers: What does good research look like in schools?
Launching the PYP Exhibition!
We’re very excited here at AIS Kuwait to have launched PYPX 2019! Our Exhibition takes place within the Transdisciplinary Theme of Sharing the Planet, and we further connect it to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This helps our students find real meaning in their work as they look to investigate the impact of the UN … Continue reading Launching the PYP Exhibition!
What if then…?
Recently at school we've been talking a lot about culture building. The need to build strong relationships in our classrooms is always a major focus for educators at the beginning of a school year, and for good reason. I've also been talking to others at our school about how we support a positive staff culture. … Continue reading What if then…?
4 Great Ways to Use Ed-Tech to Build Communication Skills in the Elementary Classroom
If you read my recent post about my return to blogging, you’ll have seen that I’ve been on a bit of a crusade at my school to prove that ed-tech can be, should be, and is being, used to develop the communication skills of students (If you haven’t read it you can find it here). … Continue reading 4 Great Ways to Use Ed-Tech to Build Communication Skills in the Elementary Classroom
Blogging and Education – Why I really need to reconnect to blogging!
In a meeting discussing the implementation of a BYOD scheme recently I heard an argument from a senior colleague which genuinely surprised me. They were arguing that, in light of the rise of socratic style seminars in some of the world’s best schools, we should reduce the use of technology as it hampers students ability … Continue reading Blogging and Education – Why I really need to reconnect to blogging!
Encouraging Reluctant Readers
I'm back in the UK at the moment for our summer break before we head over to our new school and home in Malaysia in August. You might think that means I'd have more time to write, but I'll be honest here I'm spending it all with my little boy and our families - today … Continue reading Encouraging Reluctant Readers