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Steve Weatherell

  • “We take ideas from other people, from people we’ve learned from, from people we run into in the coffee shop,and we stitch them together into new forms and we create something new. That’s really where i […]

  • Hi Chris, I found the presentation session your students spent with Samantha a very inspiring idea. I’m sure there must have been some tension in the room when they were actually putting their ideas to someone […]

  • Hi Michelle, Your students seemed to gain a lot from your project. I’m also a fan of the writing of AJ Juliani and I was interested how you put into practice concrete steps to promote the student’s creative […]

  • Hi Valerie, I liked learning about your project. The initial activity which resulted in a visual graph is the sort of understanding which I wish more students got in Mathematics: that we can represent abstractions […]

  • Hi Stéphane, Your project clearly was of great benefit to the students. I particularly liked to hear them talking about their concern for the SDGs. Although technology was embedded in the project, your students […]

  • Hi Sitwat, It’s obvious that your students gained a great deal from your project. You covered a lot of ground with them: flipped classroom, blogging, making videos, digital citizenship, global collaboration. It is […]

  • “Guys! You’re the BEST band I’ve discovered this year!”
    Last week, I received this email which momentarily got my heart beating faster. You see, when I lived in Zambia, some friends and I played music together. […]

  • Thanks for the message, Valerie. I am very pleased to be able to continue with the work you, Stephen and I did. I was lucky that our school felt the need for the guidelines at just the right moment. Today is the […]

  • “Thank you very much for your continuing support of the Social Media Committee. We have now had 2 meetings which were very productive, I feel. At the recent meeting on Friday 27 October, we generated, so […]

  • Hi Chris,

    Welcome to the cohort!
    I am very interested to know how your students’ projects will develop. I’m sure they find it both daunting and inspiring to have to come up with a solution for a business […]

  • Hi Alexis,
    Welcome to the cohort. I too have found it difficult to get a reaction on Twitter when I have put out a request. It sometimes feels like throwing a pebble in a pool, but there are no ripples. I know […]

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  • “At the end of nine or ten nights he realized, with a certain bitterness, that he could expect nothing from those students who accepted his teaching passively, but he could of those who sometimes risked a […]

  • What an experience Valerie! I’ve not been to Iceland yet, nor ever seen the Northern Lights. What’s the Aurora like?


    One of my most inventive colleagues teaches French by placing his students, whenever possible, in authentic language situations. When they need to learn employment vocabulary, the students each film an i […]

  • Steve Weatherell posted a new activity comment 1 year, 8 months ago

    Hi Jen,

    I like your project a lot, including the benefits it must be giving the students. By sharing their own experiences of the learning challenges we all face, they are being both helpful to others and, no doubt, learning more by thinking through the advice they are giving.

    But it was also obvious that you focused on a number of areas…[Read more]

    • Thank you so much for watching my video and for your feedback, Steve! My students have really owned these projects. They’ve gotten some great feedback from peers at our school and the United Nations School in Hanoi (where I will be teaching next year!). They are sharing the projects with their different audiences this week and next. I can’t…[Read more]

  • Steve Weatherell posted a new activity comment 1 year, 8 months ago

    You’re right, Kim, these activities are amazing for our students. I’m sure most of those kids in the Skype video will remember the experience for the rest of their lives. My colleagues have managed to set up these types of classroom meetings, via Mystery skype or their own international connections. I have found that not every attempt is…[Read more]

  • If you watched the video, you now know that the Earth spins because it formed from rotating dust and nothing has stopped it so it just keeps on going. It’s got nothing to do with forces, centrifugal or […]

    • Hi Steve,

      I am really interested to find out which LMS you are using. We are going through a lot of transition with tech at my school right now and I am starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the digital tools I am using to create a safe digital learning environment (some mandatory, others by choice). I use Power Teacher Pro to store my grades and link them to the standards, Atlas to house all of our curriculum documents, Drive to create and share lessons and resources, Classroom to post and collect assignments, Seesaw as a digital portfolio. To sum it up, I feel like I am doing a lot of the work multiple times and storing it in multiple places. Do LMS help to consolidate all of these? If so, which ones would you recommend? How did your school get on board with purchasing one to meet the needs of the whole school?

      Good luck with your launch next year, it sounds exciting. Looking forward to hearing how it goes!

    • Steve, I think you have your work cut out for you with this project. From your previous coursework, I have no doubt you’ll put all your efforts into its success. Just keep in mind this is a beast of a project and you’ll need the help of your Tech Dept, the Tech Coordinator/Integrator, admin and teachers who can help be mentors to others. It’ll take a lot of buy-in to make this work, but I assume you’ve already cleared all the red-tape so the leadership can help you onboard everyone. If your school is feeling as if there are too many independent systems, this should absolutely help in that regard. It sounds as if you’ll have a better idea of what this entails once the new SY begins. Also, generally an LMS is used throughout the school – you mention your Upper School faculty. Will it also be used in lower divisions? Lots to think about and I am interested to see how you tackle the training and onboarding. I’m sure it’ll all come together!

  • “We’ve got this new concept, the idea of cloud storage… it’s become much more of an unremarkable thing nowadays for musicians to collaborate and be able to share their entire projects with each other across […]

  • “Is this the latest version of Windows movie maker?” Freddie asks me in class. “What is the population of Luxembourg?” Marie wants to know. “TWIF” I tell each of them. They know what I mean; they’ve hea […]

    • Hi Steve,

      I agree with Valerie I like TWIF. Never heard of that one before. Also that the current education model is starting to change but maybe to slowly and in isolated pockets.

      Your point about questions and what is googleable and what is not is important. I have been thinking about it from the perspective of what is a “good” question and how we as teachers can develop our questioning skills. How can we ask the questions that challenge students. That like you say stimulate “deeper thought and open up possibilities rather than closing them down”. One method that has helped me is that of mediative questions. This method not only focuses on the question but also it’s delivery.
      Invitational: approachable voice, plural forms, tentative language, open ended, embedded positive presuppositions.
      Engage specific cognitive operations: Input, process, output (Blooms verbs)
      Intentional: specific or board depending on the need.

      Thanks for TWIF!


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