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Connection Precedes Cognition

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Professional Blog

Connection Precedes Cognition

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.

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The Disconnect Between Schooling & Learning

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Professional Blog

The Disconnect Between Schooling & Learning

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.

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Confessions of Great Teachers

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 in Professional Blog

Confessions of Great Teachers

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.

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Parent Priorities: “I want my child to be creative.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 in Professional Blog

Parent Priorities: “I want my child to be creative.”

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.

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Celebration in an Inquiry Curriculum: Building Community or Stifling Action?

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Professional Blog

Celebration in an Inquiry Curriculum: Building Community or Stifling Action?

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!

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Support a Parent, Build a Community

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 in Professional Blog

Support a Parent, Build a Community

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.

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