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Joel Bevans

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi Cary,
    Thanks for your comments. I completely agree with you.
    I think that one of our roles as educators is to model that we take risks, make mistakes and that it is good to think differently. By modelling this behaviour we are showing our students that this is something that we value and think is important. Usually we will see similar…[Read more]

  • Travelling Tales was my COETAIL course 5 final project. I can’t believe that it all started in November 2016. Time really has flown by.

    Travelling Tales has grown and grown in the past 8 months and has a […]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to read my thoughts and watch Alike. I really like the film and I think it shares many important messages. One of them, as you rightly say, is about the link between creativity, freedom and happiness and wellbeing.
    As educators I believe we are doing our students such a disservice if we…[Read more]

  • “We’re all born curious, creative and imaginative.” 
    These are the words of Tony Wagner, who has promoted educational innovation through his work with Harvard University, Keynote speeches and books.

    As babies […]

    • Hi Matt,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to read my thoughts and watch Alike. I really like the film and I think it shares many important messages. One of them, as you rightly say, is about the link between creativity, freedom and happiness and wellbeing.
      As educators I believe we are doing our students such a disservice if we are not allowing them opportunities for creativity and expression. There should always be opportunities for children to be able to show their learning in a way that works for them.
      I think it is important that all education systems around the world make sure that there opportunities for children to follow their passions and for the them to move the learning in a direction that helps them continue as a learner. If we are not doing this then maybe we are just creating children who are all the same, grey in colour, with a dull sadness ( like the film). I think it is time for a change. Lets bring some colour and excitement to school.
      All the best,
      Cheers,
      Joel

    • Hi Joel, I watched this video during Sonya’s L2 session this year. I think I’ll show it this fall when I do some staff PD as a reminder to each of us that education must focus on the needs of the students. If we as educators truly put this at the heart of our decision making, I think we can change what education looks like today. I feel like I’m constantly referring to Sam Sherratt’s L2 talk from 2015 called Breaking Moulds, but it is a good watch. He talks about the need for schools to break out of the archaic system they have become and find a new path. I couldn’t agree more. Your post helps remind me that there is a group of like minded educators out there, looking to move beyond the very structured system school has become in hopes of finding more creativity and freedom for our students.

      • Hi Carrie,
        Thanks for the comments and the link…I will definitely check it out.
        I think education needs to do a better job of giving children skills that are going to be useful in their life time. Education needs to be creative and expressive and it needs to move to meet the needs of our diverse classrooms, schools. I think it is our role to allow children to shine and to give them a platform so share what they know or what they have found out. School should never be a one size fits all system. Let’s celebrate our differences,lets enjoy our diversity, lets collaborate together because together we are stronger.
        We need to make changes for the future, so that we give our students the skills to succeed in their life time.
        Thanks for your comments Carrie.
        Joel

    • Joel,
      I saw this video as well and thought how true of some schools and teachers. I have tried to spend my time in education being the risk-taker and “outside of the box” thinker and I hope that it shows in my students. I think that when we worry too much about falling in line with what is “normal” we risk student’s futures.

      Who knows what normal will look like in 10-15 years. I doubt many people thought smartphone use would be “normal” in 2017. I just finished drafting a post where when we as teacher only show students that we are experts and never show them how to become an expert by making mistakes we never show them what the correct process is for achieving success. We then expect them to understand what the process is and not expect success right away but they have never seen someone go through it.

      Be a risk-taker, try new things, don’t go with the flow!

      • Hi Cary,
        Thanks for your comments. I completely agree with you.
        I think that one of our roles as educators is to model that we take risks, make mistakes and that it is good to think differently. By modelling this behaviour we are showing our students that this is something that we value and think is important. Usually we will see similar behvaiour replicated in our classrooms. Modelling collaboration, creativity, and life long learning in the classroom shows our values to our students. It is so important that educators share these skills with their students.
        The future of education is an unknown quantity, as is technology and it’s use in the classroom. So lets give children the skills that they might need in their lifetime.
        Thanks again for your comments.
        Joel

    • Hi Joel,

      What some amazing food for thought in this post! Love the idea of an ATL… I’d be interested in finding more about that. Do you have anymore info or can you direct me to some further reading? It is also very useful to think about the articles that I am reading through different lenses, as a teacher, learner, trainer and user of technology. I like the way this blog as really got me to think about how I read and relate to articles – so thank you.

      It really is a scary world in which we are required to be reminded that kids need to be kids! Encouraging them to be rebels and take chances!
      Thank you for posting.

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Eleanor,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. It is much appreciated.
    I think that you are so right. The place is also huge contributing factor in making a school. A school and it’s culture can not simply be replicated in another place. The place is another layer to a school or organisation. What works or is a norm in a European…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, it is challenging for some teachers to think about the whole school rather than their individual classroom. However I think that with a group of like minded educators then anything is possible. We are lucky that we have colleagues who want make this change ( some of these are teachers who have…[Read more]

  • Is it the building or the school’s ethos or it’s Mission Statement? Is it the Curriculum or is it the equipment in the building? What is the thing that really matters…People. People are the best resource for any […]

    • Hi Joel,
      Your intro really caught my attention. “People are the best resource for any school in the whole world.” So much wisdom in those simple words. Thank you for your very inspiring post. So simple that even 5 and 6 year olds get it. I have also been thinking a lot about how learning communities must be relational communities in order for us to truly grow in all spheres of life. I am interested in learning more about how your school is implementing the principles in Ritchart’s books and how that’s going. Is it hard for some teachers to shift their mindset to be concerned with the benefit of the school community as a whole rather than what they can achieve on their own in their own classroom? I am so intrigued that this is all being led by teachers in the lower school as well and it looks like you all participated in COETAIL together. What an amazing way to start. Thanks for the link to your ATL’s blog and the Project Zero link. I recently read Will Richardson’s white paper entitled,”Ten Principles for Schools of Modern Learning.” He and his colleagues have organized Change School https://change.school/ which is an 8 week course for educators interested in reimagining their school. There are two other like-minded teachers at my school so perhaps we can follow your progress and implement something similar. Thanks for sharing.
      –Michelle

      • Hi Michelle,
        Thanks so much for your comments. Yes, it is challenging for some teachers to think about the whole school rather than their individual classroom. However I think that with a group of like minded educators then anything is possible. We are lucky that we have colleagues who want make this change ( some of these are teachers who have completed COETAIL, others who have not). As a school we are trying to go slowly, not pressuring but supporting and helping colleagues who are interested in taking risks and trying something different. Our new Professional Growth Model will also support this small group collaboration ( or as they are know Collaborative Learning Communities). But we do know that this is just the beginning, we are only 1 year into Creating a Culture of Thinking and we understand it will take a long time for it to become the norm in the school. I would be happy to answer any more questions that you have in the future.
        Thanks for sharing the links to Will Richardson’s Change.School. I had heard of it but not had a chance to delve deeper. Many thanks for pushing me to do this.
        All the best in re-imagining your school.
        Cheers, Joel

    • Hi Eleanor,
      Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. It is much appreciated.
      I think that you are so right. The place is also huge contributing factor in making a school. A school and it’s culture can not simply be replicated in another place. The place is another layer to a school or organisation. What works or is a norm in a European institution may not work in such a way in another continent.
      I love the look of your Culturama it looks amazing. We just hosted a similar thing for Luxembourg Diversity Day and signed a Diversity Charter. I think International Schools have so much diversity in the teachers, students and parents that this layer is especially thick.
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and resources with me.
      All the best,
      Cheers,Joel

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Louis,
    I am happy for you to share my content with others. If you could share the link please.
    Thanks,
    Joel

  • How many times in a day do we see the colour blue? Other than sky, there really isn’t much in nature that is inherently a vibrant blue. It’s not a colour that you instantly notice. That is certainly because […]

  • We are able to share thoughts and ideas about anything and everything with the click of a button. It is so easy to share these days and we all do it. We share our thoughts about a variety of subject areas from the […]

    • Joel,

      I think you have accidentally written the COETAIL manifesto. I was reading this in my English department in Taipei, and, at certain times, I felt myself needing to share these your words with the people in the cubicles next to me. You’re right that many teachers, including myself, find it hard to share what we do in our classrooms. In part, this might be because of the strict social media policies many schools have about interactions between students and teachers. In part, this might be because teachers are afraid of public scrutiny when they make mistakes — and we do make mistakes, as all humans do. We’ve all heard that cautionary tale about a teacher who got fired for whatever he or she said online. In part, I think it’s also because we know that in posting pictures of our classroom work, we know that we are inadvertently valuing our craft and professional growth over some of the students’ rights to privacy. And there are many other “in parts.” But perhaps these are not insurmountable excuses to the need to reflect publicly, like through blogging. 🙂

      Thanks for the food for thought! Looking forward to following your post-COETAIL journey!

      Lindsey

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks so much for your comments. The children loved Travelling Tales and are still getting excited about working with different children around the world. I think that the excitement and anticipation is a huge factor. I keep on hearing “What will happen next?” when they are talking about the Tales. It is great to hear…
    Thanks again…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Rebekah,
    Thanks for your comments. Yes it is amazing what children can do when they are invested in what they are doing. They showed that they thought there was real purpose behind their learning so as a result took complete ownership. It was amazing to be part of.
    Thanks for all your help and support and leadership throughout COETAIL – it…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Thanks for you comments Magali. Yes a French version would be great. I’ll put some tweets out over the next week or so and see what comes back. Do you know anyone else around the world? Thanks again Cheers Joel

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for sharing your project and video. What a brilliant concept to help your very busy library. It really gives your library a community and collaborative feel and empowers the children. I really like how the children are designing the badges too!
    Good luck in your future badge…ing
    Cheers,
    Joel

    • Thanks so much Joel! I have a big job, and truly look forward to continuing to use technology in so many different ways once this badging bit has created independent learners who are able to assist in the daily processes. I appreciate your feedback and support – more than I can say!
      :)Wendy

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Iain,
    Love the Stranger Things feel throughout the whole video! I was expecting Eleven to appear at any time!
    Your project is well thought out and I love the student reflections and presentations. It is clear that they have learnt some pretty awesome transferable skills throughout the entire project.
    Thanks for sharing it with the world.…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Chris,
    Brilliant project. Well done! Your video is so clear and concise and your reflections throughout give your project ways in which in can grow in the future.
    Assessing children on their particular needs is complicated stuff but it looks like through the use of technology you are beginning to get your head around it all.
    Thank for…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Awesome project Magali,
    I love the fact you are given your students so much choice in the classroom so that they fell empowered. The way you ended your video is so important moving forward…it is all about the process not the final product.
    Well done on an awesome COETAIL experience. It has been great to be part of it with you.
    From one of…[Read more]

    • Thank you very much for your comment Joel!
      It has been a pleasure too to be part of the Coetail experience with you!
      Cheers
      Magali

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Suzy,
    What a brilliant project you have created. This is truly inspirational what you have managed to achieve through one project… digital citizenship, digital footprints, communication, blogging, collaboration, goal setting, community, coaching. So much going on!
    It was amazing to see the students show us around what they had created in…[Read more]

    • Hi Joel,

      Thank you so much for your comment. It was so great to start this journey with you. I didn’t have balance #my first ever blog post, but I did somehow manage to stay on the board and you played a big part in that-thank you friend.
      I so enjoyed my final project with the students and it has been truly rewarding widening their learning…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Brilliant job Nicky.
    Your project gives the children in your class a voice to others – I think that they finished this project with the idea that their ideas matter. Well done!
    Your project video is really well put together. I really like the mix of pictures, drawings, and videos…and the students reflections are great. “we learn more”
    I…[Read more]

  • Joel Bevans posted a new activity comment 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Valdir,
    I loved your video and project by the way…you allowed so much choice for your students and they were showing that they worked so well with that independence. Great job!
    Thanks for your comments.It has been great to connect with my classrooms with other classrooms around the world. It has also been superb to connect with other…[Read more]

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