But I don’t want to be a number!
In our quest for efficiency, let us never overlook human connection. Brains cannot learn in the absence of relationships. Whatever you’re teaching, take time to connect. Show students they are known, noticed and important – for connection precedes cognition.
It’s time to stop preparing children for school.
Instead, let’s prepare our schools for the powerful minds of children!
Let’s create cultures of thinking, creativity and student-agency so students know that we are visitors in their learning; they are not visitors in our schools.Read More
Great Teachers are precious gems, formed and reformed throughout a career. They are hard-working, highly reflective, and often, exhausted. Great Teachers need colleagues, friends and leaders who “see” their pedagogy and affirm their practice, especially when they doubt their own impact on student learning.Read More
Educators understand the value of creativity in the 21st Century. We are all striving to build flexible, inspiring schools where creativity flourishes. Parents also prioritise creativity as a goal of their child’s education. So how can we foster creative thinking in children? City Weekend magazine generated this question, and more, for our consideration.Read More
Celebration is essential for community building. We plan events carefully to celebrate & communicate the essential elements of the PYP. Celebrations make inquiry visible, engage parents & create memories. But how much space is available for student-led action? Authentic, student-owned initiatives invoke much deeper understanding & reflection. Can we re-conceptualise our calendar to honour student-led celebrations of learning? We’re on our way!Read More
When schools and families form one, cohesive community, we can raise our children together. We can lean on each other and share our expertise. This parenting workshop represents my values and research as an educator who cares deeply about the wellbeing of every family in my school.Read More