So life has thrown me a bit of a curveball in the past month, so while I am hoping to be able to complete Course 5, I might need to wait and see what the next few weeks bring. I’ve given some thought to possibilities for Course 5, and this is what I’ve come up with.(more…)
Design thinking. What is it? A quick google gives an endless number of “design cycles”. But which one is correct? Which is the best for student learning? After looking through a few of them, it is clear that there are many similarities between them; however, there is still an overwhelming number of variations.
Design Thinking in Action
We have just completed a unit in my Grade 5 community that leant itself nicely to the use of design thinking. In this How the world works unit, students work collaboratively as “engineers” to construct their understanding of simple machines and the ways in which we use creative thinking to solve problems.
Throughout this unit students work together to in a series of design tasks (described in greater detail below). We thought that this was a authentic way to introduce students to a design cycle. This was an opportunity for a natural connection to our previous unit where we explored the idea of a creative process.(more…)
Last week, our school celebrated Climate Action Week. The events from Monday through Thursday were organized by the ISD Green Team. It was the intention of this team of students that this week coincided with the Fridays for Future march that was taking place in the city on Friday afternoon.
As an educator, I have always struggled with weeks like this – kindness week, spirit week, earth week, etc. While they encourage positive actions, I believe that it is our job to have discussions with students about how we ensure these actions continue in some way, even when these weeks are over. It was this very point led to a great discussion on Friday during our Grade 5 Gathering.(more…)
As I mentioned in my previous post, the more I dig into all of the resources focussing on “New Pedagogies for Deep Learning”, the more connections I am able to make to my own collaborative teaching and learning journey over the past four years.
Looking through Dr. Monica R. Martinez’s deep learning planning resources really struck a chord with me; specifically, phase 1 – Establishing a Vision.
Start with the Why
Back in the Fall of 2015, the Leadership team at my school shared their vision for the future of learning. Teachers would work collaboratively in a flexible learning space to develop a new model of education. I was excited and intrigued, so I put my name forward and was selected to be a member of this new team of five teachers. (Copied from previous post to provide context.)(more…)
Going through the resources this week was a very validating experience. Many of my COETAIL posts have referred to the new model of learning that is developing at my school. As I explored the content for the week, I was able to make many connections to my own learning journey in education over the past few years.
Back in the Fall of 2015, the Leadership team at my school shared their vision for the future of learning. Teachers would work collaboratively in a flexible learning space to develop a new model of education. I was excited and intrigued, so I put my name forward and was selected to be a member of this new team of five teachers. That spring, we worked together as a team to develop a new teaching and learning model for the start of the 2016-17 school year.(more…)