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Sarah B.

  • I have decided to write about something that is close to my heart for my final blog and that is maths inquiry.

    As a student I found maths incredibly difficult and was often frustrated and defeated by the maths […]

  • “There is no illusion greater than fear.” 
    ― Lao Tzu
    This is the post that I have been dreading. I am very good at sharing ideas and collaborating with others when I am in the room with them but I have found t […]

  • This final project has helped to make a huge difference to the quality of the How The World Works unit. We had tried making adjustments to the unit in the past but they had been small and at times misguided and […]

  • Sarah B. commented on the post, Exchanging Ideas, on the site Back to School 3 months ago

    I know how you feel Dan. The links with other Coetailers has been great and that has been were I have got most of my inspiration too. I also find Twitter hasn’t really worked for me. I do think that it is […]

  • Having a 1:1 programme can present some difficulties and the initial excitement means that the students may not always use the computers appropriately to begin with. I have found that setting some Essential […]

  • Sarah B. wrote a new post, Course 5 lift off!, on the site Thinking Aloud 3 months ago

    After far too much procrastination I am at last ready to write my first post for Course 5!

    Image credit: http://ffmag.com/3-reasons-procrastinate-stop/

    I am focusing on the unit How the World Works. The […]

  • That is a really challenging situation for you. I admire that you have approached this challenge with such a positive mindset. I am also using Seesaw as part of my final project and I have to admit it is more […]

  • Giving students a computer in class does not automatically make them succeed. Does having a 1:1 programme ensure that students do better in class? Should every student have a computer in class in order to be able […]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Jackie
    I am in a fortunate position where we have 1:1 Chrome books and they are brand new (for G5) and in Grades 4 and 3 they are no more than 2 years old. This means we don’t have that many problems with them which is great.
    I was interested in what you had to say about managing the students being on task. We are a PYP school so a lot of the…[Read more]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Stephane
    We do have 1:1 chromebooks in Grades 3-5 and while it has it’s uses such as when they are working on individual pieces or for homework ( we allow the Grade 5’s to take the home for homework) I agree that it is not absolutely necessary. There are many times when I tell them to only use one computer as a group as I find if they all…[Read more]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Hi Sitwat,
    I am one of those people who uses flipping the classroom occasionally and I do think there is a lot of value to it in the right place. As Ken said it can be particularly useful for maths and science. I like the look of Edpuzzle. I think with that and also TES Teach the opportunities to personalise and make the content relevant to our…[Read more]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    I really enjoyed reading your post Michelle. Your ideas about learning hubs and schools actively serving and working with their communities is how schools should be in the future.
    I recently went to lunch in the primary school in the UK that is affiliated with my Mum’s church. They have a community lunch every month for members of the church and…[Read more]

  • Reading around this assignment I have been surprised to see how many articles and blogs talk about what the classroom of the future will look like and then go on to list ideas that many classes are already […]

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    I have decided to use our science unit on chemical and physical change for the Course 5 final Project. This seems like a good choice for the final project because it is a unit that we are planning on […]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Jen
    Reading your post made me realise that what we were doing 5/6 years ago at WAB was really flipping the classroom. All those shared lessons and resources, the blogs that the students could access in class and at home and the use of video.
    I am interested in what you are doing with Google Classroom as I to had been put off by how it looks.…[Read more]

  • Sir Kenneth Robinson in his TED Talk in 2010 compared most education systems standardised form to McDonalds standardised fast food and pointed out that we should be aiming for the breadth and variety of Michelin […]

    • Hi Sarah,
      I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your PYP students have done amazing projects. PBL or Challenge based learning not only engage the students but students choose their own path in the process of learning. PBL can be linked to highest level in Blooms taxonomy. I found this below mentioned post really amazing as to how they have linked PBL and talked about flipping the process of learning. I hope you find it interesting too. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/project-based-learning/using-project-based-learning-flip-blooms-taxonomy-deeper-learning/

    • Hi Sarah,
      Thank you for sharing your experience in working in a PYP school. I have never taught in a school like this but I am always so intrigued and impressed by the opportunities students have to develop inquiry skills and direct their own learning. It is evident by their projects and reflections that they are motivated and invested and taking pride in their final product. Also, since they know they will be launch their product or presentation to an authentic audience at their exhibition, they likely put more effort into their work. Two of my own children graduated from an IB school and I was very grateful for the global worldview and the love for life-long learning they acquired. I seems to me that the IB model is more conducive to developing 21st century learning skills. However, I am curious about the challenges of teaching with within this model. Have you found any?

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Hi Stephane
    I agree with Erin you were able to clearly define the different frameworks.
    As a PYP teacher we do a lot of Project based learning and also some problem based but the real challenge is to try and shift into the Challenge based learning. Like you I think we may do it more than we realise but I think we need to be planning for it more…[Read more]

  • I remember when the first IT classroom was created in my school in Bristol, UK. We were so excited; up to that point we had had a couple of desktops in our classrooms and students would get to use them when it was […]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    I think your infographic is a great idea as it gets teachers to really think about how they are integrating technology. I also agree with Stephane that this would be a good thing to do with teachers and to share and give feedback. Getting teachers to actually analyze what they are doing and to then build in their understanding by using such tools…[Read more]

  • Sarah B. posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Michelle
    I think you have made a huge difference to your slideshow. When I watched the first one what came over to me is what books and schemes you are using. When I watched the second one it was so much about the students. If I was a parent I would be feeling that my child’s learning and social development was going to be well looked after.…[Read more]

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