Coetail Final Project

Coetail Final Project

I can't believe that my Coetail journey is coming to an end, but I am excited to finish in such a high note introducing my final project with this post. The most important aim that I had for my final project, revamping my Creative Minds unit, was for students to have voice, choice and ownership [...]

Coetail Community Engagement – Expanding my PLN through Active Contribution and Participation

Coetail Community Engagement – Expanding my PLN through Active Contribution and Participation

As I approach the end of my Coetail journey and I reflect on how I have changed as an educator, I must acknowledge that not only the course itself has had an impact on me. With an approach to community learning, Coetail encouraged me to engage with my fellow cohort members through comments on each [...]

Creative Minds – A unit built on global connections and student agency

Creative Minds – A unit built on global connections and student agency

At the end of last year, when I choose to revamp my Creative Minds G6 English-Humanities unit (read more about it here), I was excited at the prospect of making the unit more grounded and relatable to my students. At the same time, I wanted my students to choose their own paths of inquiry according to [...]

Course 4 Final Project – Overhauling an MYP Individuals and Societies Unit

Course 4 Final Project – Overhauling an MYP Individuals and Societies Unit

Well, that went by really fast. I can't believe that I am already planning the final project of my Coetail journey. Without further ado, here is the rationale for my project. Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project? I chose the Creative Minds unit from my Grade 6 [...]

“Screens Down” and other Tales of Managing Technology in the Modern Classroom

“Screens Down” and other Tales of Managing Technology in the Modern Classroom

"Screens down" is probably the first intentional strategy that I learned for managing the use of laptops in my class. I have been teaching in a 1:1 school for the last ten years, and I was part of a small group of teachers who piloted this programme before its full implementation. As part of the [...]

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom is one of those instructional strategies that seems to elicit opposing reactions from educators: some vow by it arguing that is an excellent avenue for student-centered learning, whilst others claim that it is essentially the lecture-model of teaching in disguise. The University of Texas at Austin succinctly explains what a flipped classroom is [...]

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

"Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery." What the heck is inquiry-based learning? by Heather Wolpert-Gawron on Edutopia   Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning [...]

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

In course 1, I had the opportunity to look at various frameworks of technology integration in education and their commonalities and differences (here you can read my take on TPACK and SAMR). To recap, here are two images that highlight the key elements of both models:     When I look at my own practice, [...]

Course 3 Final Project – A Presentation with Soul

Course 3 gave me the opportunity to reflect on the importance of visual literacy. From infographics to digital stories and presentations, digital media makes visual literacy skills to be more and more in demand. For my final project, I decided to work on a presentation that I needed for my G6 English-Humanities class. The purpose [...]