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Looking forward…

Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash

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. 


Learning Partnerships

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. 


What is a PYP Educator? My #tabfilled learning journey.


For those of you who have not watched this video, it’s definitely worth a watch! Though released in 2014, it was only recently that I saw it for the first time. This guy is me. At any given time, my browser has about 20 tabs open. As I write this post, this is what it currently looks like:

#tablessthursday anyone?

I know it’s terrible, but I can’t control it, it just happens. As I worked through this week’s content, I was reminded of this video. I am able to trace my thought process, through the tabs I opened. So lucky you. I am now going to take you through that process! (more…)


I’ve got sew much to learn!

This week’s content was actually quite timely as my Grade 5 teaching team works to finalize the plans for our PYP Exhibition. (For those of you not familiar with PYP, here is a short description of the PYP Exhibition from the IB.) For the last couple of years, our exhibition was driven largely by students’ passions. First and foremost, our goal was for students to be engaged in learning that they were excited about! However, through our teacher reflections, it became quite obvious that we were missing something, purpose for the learning.

So with that being said, our guiding statement for this year’s PYPx is passion for a purpose. Within this framework, students will be encouraged to identify a passion and use it to achieve one of the 5 types of action described in the Enhanced PYP. We are hoping that this will help give guidance and structure to students as they work through their learning process!

Five Types of Action (Image by @terSonya)

So, you might be wondering where I’m going with this. What does this have to do with me learning a new skill? Don’t worry, I’m getting there!

My Inspiration

A few of Alecia’s projects (Images courtesy of @alecialoo)

As a teaching team, we have also discussed the idea that it may not always be the case that passion leads to purpose. It is possible for a purpose to create a passion. One of my colleagues, Alecia, will be sharing with our Grade 5 students her experience with this. In the last couple of years, Alecia has become an avid sewer.

She is mostly self-taught, using a variety of online resources and books to learn. She has identified that one of the driving forces in acquiring this skill was that she had difficulty finding clothing that she liked and that fit her well. Purpose developed her passion.  (more…)


I want to be found…

In his keynote address at the 2018 IB Global Conference in Vienna, Will Richardson had his entire audience raise their right hand and repeat after him: “I want to be found…by strangers on the internet.” An uncomfortable laugh followed, and it was clear by looking around the hall that many educators weren’t quite sure what to make of it all. (For those interested, Richardson describes this exercise, a staple of his talks, here.)

After reading the title of this week’s module, I have to admit, I was a little taken aback. A lurker. A word with such a negative connotation. After reading more, I realized (much to my disappointment) that it was a fairly accurate description of a lot of my professional time spent on social media.

I joined Twitter in 2012, but only really started using it in the Fall of 2017. My original intention in reactivating my Twitter was to provide me with a forum for sharing out the learning happening in my – what I thought at the time was a fairly unique – learning environment.