Elementary Schoology: a bit of background…

I am so very excited to be piloting Schoology portfolios for the elementary department of TCIS. I am documenting this experience and the thinking behind each step so that I can make informed reflections. First, a bit of background…

I have been using Schoology for about a year.…

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Our Classroom Environment

At the end of the year our classroom has truly evolved into something beautiful. I love these pictures of all the student work on the walls and windows. I love my “Reggio sticks” (as my Principal calls them) handing from the ceiling, the lamps, and fairy lights.…

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Academic Honesty and Creative Commons

A few years ago in connection to a presentation Samuel was giving, we made a digital booklet of how to find media teachers/students can use without infringing copyright. As I have started working with my students to create media products this year I have wondered how this might look in a lower elementary classroom and what apps/sites can help students use other people’s work honestly.…

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Inquiry Cycles

We are discussing inquiry cycles at school at the moment. We have adopted the Big6 and Super3 school wide for our student Information Seeking Process (ISP) but I think inquiry needs more… more something…

Carol Kuhlthau has a guided inquiry cycle which I really like (I actually started summarising the book before we moved here – pervious post here but know I have bought it on Kindle).…

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LEAD goals and the Reggio Emilia

My first go at documenting student thinking: The Great Suitcase Mystery.

We have a new teacher system at our school called LEAD goals – as I have been focussing on the content of these goals I haven’t actually researched the acronym but it involves formal and informal teaching observations with reflection time, and also the setting of professional goals both personal and organization orientated.…

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Student-initiated Action

When our Librarian gave me this book it was just one of many in a pile of resources; books about caring for little sisters, being kind to friends at school, and helping older people… All important topics and the students did enjoy them but… then I pulled out “Boxes for Katje” by Candace Fleming.…

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