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Does reverse instruction, game based learning and/or play have a place in your classroom? What hurdles do you have to overcome to make it work in your classroom/school? A flipped Preschool classroom?  As I teach and learn in an Early Years classroom I wondered if reverse instruction or a flipped classroom makes sense for us.… Read More »

Play and games.. are they not the same?

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Who were your HEROS or IDOLS when you were younger? I remember being five or six years old and telling my mom that I wanted to become a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.  I would see them on TV every Sunday and balk at their grace and poise and cool, sparkly outfits.  Thanks to chubby thighs and a… Read More »

Heroes, Idols and ELL's

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Much like how the whole country is under construction (Qatar is preparing for the 2022 World Cup), so is my course five project. It seemed like ages ago when I had plans for utilising Google Classroom to pilot a flipped classroom in a music setting. Well, step aside, GC. Here’s comes SeeSaw! My colleague and… Read More »

Under Construction

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I am lucky enough to be connected formally in several learning communities as outlined in my graphic.  Through my school, I am connected with our leadership team who encourage each other to read literature, blogs, and social media.  Beyond encouraging each other to engage in learning, we also share back our learning on a bi-weekly… Read More »

Professional Learning Communities

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Greeting Everyone!  My name is Ryan Persaud and I originally hail from Toronto, Canada.  I currently live in Curitiba, Brazil and am the Director of IT and Innovation at the International School of Curitiba.  I am excited to be a part of Cohort 11. You can find me on Twitter @ryanpersaud23 I have been interested… Read More »

Hello world!

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Ti esrever dna, ti yalp, no emag ruoy teg. Game based learning, gamification, play based learning, reverse instruction, flipped classroom, these are the current buzz words in education that I was exploring this week. Since they all center around fun and student engagement, I will describe each one using a fun gif to keep your… Read More »

Get your game on, play it and reverse it...

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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?

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“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

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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

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  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

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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

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