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  • Student agency is such an important area for all educators and schools to consider, especially when we look at the world that we are living in! I really connected with what you wrote in that my students aren’t […]

  • Hi Nick,

    I love how much space you’ve provided for student voice and choice in your classroom! How wonderful that they have full input on their own learning environment, and had the chance to also visualize […]

  • But They’re So Much Better at Technology!
    Today’s youth live in a media environment that is not only very different from what previous generations experienced, but is also changing at a rapid pace. Sherry T […]

  • But They’re So Much Better at Technology!

    Today’s youth live in a media environment that is not only very different from what previous generations experienced, but is also changing at a rapid pace. Sherry T […]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    I LOVE THIS!!! I’ve been trying to teach my K-2s CARP too but you have so many awesome ideas I’m totally stealing next year hehe 😉 Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Pana thank you so much for your feedback! I’m so glad you found it useful and please share how you improve the unit. I feel it is just the ‘seed’ that can be improved upon by many early primary educators. I’d love to incorporate more kinesthetic games to teach the concepts so if you have any suggestions please share! Keri-Lee Beasley and I may…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Stephanie!

    Once again, a beautiful post on such an engaging lesson! I know that your focus was the power of play in the scientific/inquiry/discovery process. But I think that my favorite part was that you showed evidence of student understanding by allowing them to explain, demonstrate, and reapply key concepts and ideas in their exhibition…[Read more]

    • Pana thanks so much for the lovely comment. I think the observers are definitely a ‘work in progress’ but yes the highlight was for the kids to do something with their parents was so priceless – the energy in the room was good.

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Bradley,

    I completely agree with you, an attitude of openness and flexibility is key as an educator in this day and age. With the speed at which the world is changing we have to constantly ask ourselves if what we do in our classrooms reflect the world around us, as well as whether or not we are preparing our students to live in an unknown…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Ann,

    You definitely end this post with an impactful idea: “Not only do we need to create safe environments for students, but we also need to use technology in a way that keeps students connect, not isolated.” I think that you hit something very important here, technology, especially in a social setting, can take us in two very different…[Read more]

    • Thanks for your comment! I think a lot of the guidance comes from providing structures that support connections. I find that students often crave structure and respond positively when they are provided with a set of guidelines or expectations. For example, teachers often assume that students want open seating in the classroom, but many students…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 1 month ago

    I think that as teachers, especially elementary teachers, we often try to avoid games that could lead to any sort of “competition” in our classrooms. We all do this in an effort to not make any one student feel inferior and yes, there is a lot of good reasoning behind that. However, on the other end of the spectrum, life isn’t as kind as we make…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Nicky!

    You are absolutely right, legally most platforms don’t allow children so young to be posting anything online independently, so in a sense, they aren’t yet creating their own digital footprint. This doesn’t mean they don’t have a digital footprint though. Their parents probably posted a photo of an ultrasound somewhere…this was the…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Gosh how I wish you were my teacher back in the day! Ohh…I remember the chalkboard lectures where my teacher began the class at one end of the board and very meticulously outlined the lesson across the board as she spoke throughout the duration of the period. I mean, definitely a lot of effort put into summarizing the entire lesson and laying it…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the kind words Pana. I remember much of the same. Or later, the entire roll of overhead film being used up as the teacher sat and wrote and talked and wrote. Miserable.

      I love trying new things with my students and I feel like they truly appreciate it. Hopefully it helps them build a sense of comfort in the class to try new…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Amanda,

    I love the idea of a flipped art clssroom! As you mentioned in your post, if you could cut out that demonstration time, you could allow your students much more creation time and ultimately also guide them deeper into the techniques and concepts.

    Since you aren’t allowed to give homework, could you post the video and offer it to…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Amanda,

    I love how you conducted research with the binary questions asking students what they thought. Even better than that, you tested both scenarios with the students and had them reflect on the experiences. This data not only helped you analyze how technology has helped your classroom and teaching, but it helped the students to…[Read more]

    • Hi Pana,
      Thanks for your comments. A quick self-reflection tool is a great idea. I’m wondering if the students can create a check list with the criteria for when technology is beneficial. They may then be able to judge for themselves when it is required in a learning engagement. It can be hard to let go of control as a teacher but my student’s…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Tanya,

    I really like how you compare technology integration today to the use of calculators when they first entered education. Back then, that was the newest tool introduced into education, and today we have different tools but with similar struggles: how to use them to enhance learning.

    You go through a nice process of self-evaluation…[Read more]

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    Hi Leah,

    What a fascinating idea to open up the SAMR model to students, and most especially in their PYP Exhibition! Sure, it may have been developed as a toold to assess and reflect on teaching with technology, but no one ever said that students couldn’t use it as well! Especially in the PYP where we are always teaching students to…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Stephanie! I LOVE that you and your school put your students front and center for this workshop. It definitely is the best way to demonstrate what is happening and the learning going on. I think that as adults we sometimes tend to worry over the ‘what ifs’ and troubleshoot before we even give our students a chance. If you are doing good things…[Read more]

    • @panaa
      Exactly it can be hard for adults to let go. Sometimes the perfect is the enemy of the good. The parents really valued seeing the children, especially those parents of the children presenting. In this case, authenticity trumps perfection.

      Stephanie

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Lizzie! I can definitely tell you that the difference between your first document and your infographic is phenomenal! I’ll be honest, your original document was confusing to me, and I wasn’t totally sure in which direction the process flowed. Creating the line in your infographic makes the order of all the steps very clear. I also like that you…[Read more]

    • Thanks Pana! I made this for exactly the reason you described. It also forced the administrators to review the process which was good. In terms of identifying which links would be clickable, that’s a great point! I hadn’t thought about how to do that. I’ll certainly look into Thinglink more as I do like the way you can connect any sort of document…[Read more]

  • Pana Asavavatana posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    I love your new resume for your site! I have begun playing around with Piktochart but haven’t actually created anything. I’ve never done any hiring, but if someone handed me a carefully designed CV that was easy to read and made key information stand out, it would definitely tell me something positive about the applicant…that he or she is…[Read more]

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