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 [...]

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, [...]

Digital Stories for Conceptual Understanding

Digital Stories for Conceptual Understanding

I teach an integrated class of English Language Acquisition-Humanities in Grade 6. In our first unit, we use digital storytelling as a medium to assess the students' conceptual understanding in Humanities. In this unit, the students expand their understanding of how time, place and space (key concept) shape and give meaning to their identity (related [...]

Better Together – Empowering Digital Citizens at Home and at School

Better Together – Empowering Digital Citizens at Home and at School

As with most aspects of education, a solid partnership between home and school is instrumental to success. When it comes to digital citizenship, things are not different. Creating this partnership can present its challenges, but a concerted effort, and giving a voice to all the relevant stakeholders, will improve the chances to have a positive [...]

Taking Action for Learning: My Course 1 Final Project

Taking Action for Learning: My Course 1 Final Project

For my Course 1 final project, I chose to modify the first unit taught in G6 (MYP 1) for Spanish Language Acquisition Phase 1. Being the first unit, it not only introduces the students to Spanish as a language, but it also helps the students get acquainted with key aspects of the Hispanic culture. This [...]