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Planning the changes of a unit of inquiry to a Project Based Learning approach seemed like a simple idea on paper. Unfortunately, it was not as easy as I had hoped. Schedule changes and lack of buy-in from my colleagues made the unit disjointed.  My original plan will still be in place; however, when the… Read More »

Plan B Teach the SDGs

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Project Progress Report A few weeks ago, I completed a written plan for my final project based on the Understanding By Design (UbD) template. Please feel free to take a look at it here…  I have so far covered up to session three on this plan. I would like to use this blog post to reflect… Read More »

Final Project Consideration: Handing Over Control

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I’ve talked about our family’s views on technology ad nauseam. I’ve shared our experiences, the good, the bad, and the embarrassing. I’ve detailed my views about having an open-dialogue with your kids, trying to use technology in balance, empowering children to use technology responsibly, and how it takes a village to raise a child. What… Read More »

i see you

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Is personalized learning for everyone? It’s been a while since I have been on my COETAIL blog. I keep setting due dates for myself to come on here and complete a few modules and then a few days..weeks..months have gone by and I haven’t been back. It’s difficult because I want to learn and take… Read More »

Willing to Be Disturbed

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We’re raising our children in an environment completed saturated by technology. As I sat down to write this blog, I did a census of the technology around our house and I was horrified with (and almost too embarrassed to share) the results. But more worrisome than the devices (5 computers, 2 TVs, 4 cell phones,… Read More »

living life in balance

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Previously, I only worked with Grade 1 and below at the early childhood campus and this year was my first year working at both the Lower School and ECE campus.  When thinking about this final project, I thought this would be a great opportunity to challenge myself and choose an age and grade that I… Read More »

Course 1 Final Project

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Embedded link for Word Document with Final Unit Plan for Human Rights (Social Studies) 8th grade: Link to Final Project Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS_Lwj_ElG49p3uZBpd3l5h1wNqcocz7xV9v9hxMY-1AiclBhmn6vDJzClDvC8ekmarqz1JF3OaCqKW/pub   Topic Selection: 8th Grade Social Studies C3 focus is Conflict under which we have covered a Human Rights unit for the last two years. I taught this unit last year but realized many… Read More »

Final Project - Course 1

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For the final project, I have chosen a PYP Unit of inquiry ‘Where we are in place and time’ of grade 2. It’s a unit that I have done before with the teacher Mrs. Suchitra Chettri and we have collaborated in some parts of it.  On this unit, I can focus on research and organization… Read More »

Exploring explorers!

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As I look at the reflection questions for Week 5, I realize that I do not consciously use learning theories in everyday practice. However, I have been discussing with students how to make linkages between abuses of human rights in countries that perform badly on economic indicators such as inflation and unemployment. They are unable… Read More »

From Theory into Practice

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I have been approached by teachers from a couple of grade levels looking for ways to extend geometry units for their higher students. The Probots are a fantastic way to integrate coding and computational thinking into math units relating to measurement, angles, and shapes. I’ve done a few lessons with classes where I’ll either bring… Read More »

Course 1 Final Project

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I found Cofino’s video and the accompanying Complete Guide for Designing Tech Rich Units extremely informative. I am comfortable with Stage 1 which is the Exploration stage as I find that the students are adept at conducting their research. Sometimes they do have trouble with determining the exact problem that they are trying to define.… Read More »

Planning for Tech Rich Lessons

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It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of course 1, and even harder to believe that there’s less than 3 months until the end of another school year. I know that it sounds cheesy, but I’m starting to appreciate that old adage about time going by faster each year. Perhaps that’s because reflection… Read More »

Bringing it all Together

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