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Ask yourself how often do you hear the phrase “21st century skills” when it comes to some new part of the curriculum or the use of some specific technology or app. It is nearly 20 years into the 21st century – if the education world is still trying to identify which skills are needed, there… Read More »

Aren't They Just Skills?


“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… Read More »

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


Does project-based, problem-based and/or challenge-based learning have a place in your classroom? What hurdles do you need to overcome to make it work in your school/classroom? I teach in a Preschool that adopts the IB PYP curriculum. The enhanced PYP curriculum framework came out in October. As a teacher in the early years I am… Read More »

Making it meaningful


  If your reaction was anything like the above video, I won’t be surprised or offended. Raising the bar in the Early Years & unraveling misconception pertaining to what Kindergarten & Preschool kids can and can’t do has been my forte for the better part of the last 5 years.  Kindergarteners often get a bad… Read More »

Now for Something Completely Different: STEAM in EY


Our school started a journey of integrating technology into our teaching and learning 5 years ago. It was and continues to be an interesting and rewarding journey for me. I have connected with so many passionate and innovative educators from whom I learned so much. We started the journey when our school got iPads for… Read More »

It is not about technology


Have you ever felt overloaded by acronyms? This week I sure did. My task was to explore PBL, PBL, and CBL and how they fit into my IB PYP first grade classroom.Try saying that 3 times fast. In order to clear up any confusion and eliminate this acronym overload, let me first start off by… Read More »

Acronym Overload!


One of the roles that I manage at Canadian Academy is the role of the MYP Personal Project Coordinator. Every year kids around the world take part in this experience that brings them from the inspiration and ideas stages, through planning, taking action, and reflection. Sometimes 10th graders can get a little bit cranky about… Read More »

It's a P, B, and L sandwich!


Hoping to show up as an LGBTQ+ Ally as a curator? Here are ten ways to make sure your digital and physical shelves suggest an inclusive mindset: 1.Be a fan of the LAMBDA AWARDS and scope out recent recipients here. 2. Level up on your awareness of representation in comics here or here. 3. Vlogger/Blogger… Read More »

Ten ways to a more inclusive library