Bringing Art into the Language Arts Classroom

Our school uses a modified version of the common core standards from the United States (never going to call it America again after a very interesting chat with a man from Chile but that is another post). I can’t say I am terribly excited about the common core but as a dear friend told me, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
My father is an artist.…
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Bringing the World into the Classroom with Twitter

At TCIS we have adopted Schoology as our primary tool of communication. We have adopted Schoology Groups as a type of blogging format, albeit basic, it is working well. This is however restricted to our immediate school community. What about the big wide world?…
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iPads, Schoology, and BookCreator, Oh My!

Toward the end of last year my husband and I took the somewhat crazy step and bought iPads for my classroom… I know, I know… what? As a dear friend once told me, “I know what I want, and I want it now!”

Impatient much?…

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Creating Math Tutorials

One of the best ways to show you know how to do something is to teach that skill to another. In Grade 1 we like to record our learning and exhibit our understanding by making short video tutorials. In our classroom we have an iPad for each table (3-4 students) with Explain Everything installed.…
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Online presence?

The more I think about Schoology the more I am feeling… limited… by the platform and privacy restrictions. The global audience is the motivating element behind digital publication and when it is taken away so is that spark.

I am of course going to continue my Schoology trial.…

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Hands On Maths – painting too!

As you might be able to tell I have a new fascination with all things Montessori and rather than reading what other people say about it, I’ve gone to the original books by Maria Montessori herself (English versions translated from the Italian).…

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Student-created animal documentary

 “I don’t really like writing,” said one of my particularly uninhibited students towards the end of last year, “no one ever sees it… it doesn’t seem very important.” At the ripe old age of 6 this student constantly surprises me and today she really hit the nail of the head.…

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Schoology Portfolios: Entry/Assessment Planning

What goes into the PYP portfolio? This is very closely aligned to assessments.

Research:

Here is my current thinking:

Portfolios include summative assessments but also have to include documentation about the learning and thinking that is occurs up to this point (formative assessment).…

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Research into Montessori

I do not believe that there is any ‘right way’ to learn. Howard Gardner points to different intelligences, Loris Malaguzzi describes 100 languages, Mark Wahl sees animal temperaments… Thus, in a constant search for ‘what works’ for each child I have been reading research and documentation of Montessori Method.…

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