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Tanya LeClair

  • Who else remembers being 6 years old and waking up super early in the morning to watch cartoons? If you’re like me it was the Smurfs, He-Man, and She-Ra. My brother and I would happily sit in front of the TV u […]

  • Who else remembers being 6 years old and waking up super early in the morning to watch cartoons? If you’re like me it was the Smurfs, He-Man, and She-Ra. My brother and I would happily sit in front of the TV u […]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hey Jodee sorry for the late reply! The illustrations took a few periods for sure but it was worth it. They really loved being able to import their own art and showcase it for family, peers, and global friends in other classes.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Thanks so much Kate. It’s really nice to hear such good feedback! The kids sure did love it so I’d highly recommend doing something similar.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    This is a late reply but…..Thanks so much Megan! It’s been great following you on Twitter and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

  • Well folks….I am finished with my COETAIL course 5 project and here it is!

    I decided to work with my Grade 3 class on Digital Storytelling with a focus on imagined narratives about our Solar System. It fit […]

    • This is a wonderful project! I loved hearing how much the students LOVED publishing their work online for the world to see… famous! Your project was well laid out and it looks like the programs you used worked well for what you were trying to do. Well done!

      • Thanks so much Kate. It’s really nice to hear such good feedback! The kids sure did love it so I’d highly recommend doing something similar.

    • Love this Tanya! Seeing your story with your own writing and illustrations had to be so cool for the students. It’s great that you can make it so global using KidBlog. Did the illustrations take a long time?

      • Hey Jodee sorry for the late reply! The illustrations took a few periods for sure but it was worth it. They really loved being able to import their own art and showcase it for family, peers, and global friends in other classes.

  • You might be asking yourself, “what on Earth does a banana piano have to do with education? and how does one even make a banana piano?”

    Well…..I would have asked the same question before beginning COETAIL and […]

    • I love the banana piano, and also what a great idea to record the video for a Mystery Skype. I can’t tell you how many times my class couldn’t do it because of time difference. It also helps throw students off for locating the other school based on the time of day you Skype (I’ve had some bright students rule out countries based on this!). Thanks for sharing, it’s awesome to see how much COETAIL has changed your approach and teaching practices.

      Cheers,
      Megan

    • This is a late reply but…..Thanks so much Megan! It’s been great following you on Twitter and I look forward to sharing more in the future.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Yes I totally know what you mean Verena. I think that changed for me when I started entering chats. It creates connections and reasons to participate!

  • Hello, it’s me
    I was wondering if after all these months you’d like to tweet…..

    OK….im no Adele but I sure have loved growing my PLN through various social media platforms since beginning COETAIL. Most pre […]

    • Yes, Twitter definitely was a game changer for me as well. Unfortunately I don’t check it as much as I would like to. It also can take all your time if you aren’t selective. Sometimes I need a focus just to make it meaningful and not just to scroll down. You know what I mean?

      • Yes I totally know what you mean Verena. I think that changed for me when I started entering chats. It creates connections and reasons to participate!

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    It’s been an up and down process trying to get my ideas and resources together for the final project. I had some different ideas while still doing course 4 that I wasn’t sure about and figured that as I […]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    HI Christy! I like both of your ideas and have been thinking of doing minecraft in my class for quite some time as well. It hasn’t been a possibility yet because my school hasn’t purchased it but I will continue to pursue it! I also like that you are thinking of creating books with Book Creator. I haven’t used that app yet but I am wondering if…[Read more]

    • Hi Tanya,
      Great idea and opportunity to add global collaboration into the project. I love it! Let’s keep in touch because my students will be writing/ making the books regardless. I’ll look into the possibility of sharing from within the app, but if I choose this project as my final project for COETAIL (which is looking very likely because of…[Read more]

    • Hi Tanya,

      We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. Would your class still be interested in reading and reviewing them? They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

  • When I started trying to think of a final project for course 5 there wasn’t one thing that really popped out yet as a definite choice (but I made this silly picture anyway). There have been moments when I have […]

    • You have two really good options, Tanya and it’s obvious you have thought through both carefully. I love your ASA option, but I just wonder if you will really have enough time with the kids in that setting to get all the documentation you would need to create your video and actual final project. Seems like you might, and if your ASA is a smaller number of students than your regular class, that might help with the individual attention aspect as well. Good luck with whichever option you choose!

  • SO this week I reflected on how I am using technology in my classroom. In a previous post I thought about the SAMR model and came to the conclusion that I do things in my classroom that fall under each section of […]

    • Hi Tanya,

      I love the way you use technology in your classroom. It helps to inspire me to make more of an effort to do the same. The main issue I face is the age of my students and their lack of daily exposure to devices.

      I love using Reading A-Z as an online tool for my students. It’s great being able to have the students record themselves reading it and sending it to me. This gives me more time to listen and assess them individually. In regards to Kidblog, would it be user-friendly enough for First grade students?

      What I am most interested in is Plickers. I have never heard of it, but it sounds amazing. I always do whole class activities on the carpet and trying to write notes or tick off a checklist at the same time has always been a problem. I am very eager to print out the cards and download the app when start the next term.

      During an Apple Inc. PD, I came across a lot of great apps, but they were better for students older than mine.

      Here are some: Evernote, Puppet Pals, Adobe Voice, Garage Band, Action movie FX, and See Saw.

      Good luck with the Star Wars Code Game 🙂

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Hi Heidi,

    You are right….teaching how to inquire is just as important as the inquiry itself. Since I have been teaching grade 3 for a while now I haven’t had the chance to do the exhibition. We had a great one at my school last year with the grade 5’s so I hope to do it in the future. It was great seeing their passion for learning.

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Hey Tara! Thanks for the shout out and extremely thoughtful post. I love that you tried the in-class flip as I feel it’s the best way to go for elem teachers to try flipping, It seems that a lot of our coetail buds agree. Your video is great as well. If I was a student in your class id probably want to stay at that center too!

    I do agree that…[Read more]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Thanks Jodee! I certainly love working in a PYP school where inquiry based learning is the focus. Sometimes I like to start a lesson with a word or picture and say that it represents the answer. The students will then have to come up with a question! That can be done in any type of lesson as well.
    Good luck with your Earth Materials unit. It…[Read more]

  • Tanya LeClair posted a new activity comment 3 years ago

    Great post Leah. I was also just looking into badges for the first time and it seems like the possibilities are endless. I wasn’t a girlguide, but I definitely remember collecting badges for swimming and they were a treasure to me as a child. There is something about receiving a small token to represent effort that seems to appeal to everyone.…[Read more]

    • Hi Tanya, thanks for your response. It would be cool to show badges as a part of a visual resume or something. Badges are very cool. I’m still marinating over the possibility of using badges as part of my final project…too many choices!

  • In the same way technology inevitably effects things in our day to day lives like transportation (obviously we will all be driving Deloreans in the near future). We shouldn’t doubt that it will also change […]

    • Like you, @tanyaeclair, I attribute a lot of my new thoughts about the future of education to our COETAIL work and the greater PLN we’ve built. Overall, my thoughts about education for the elementary students of the future are not too far off of yours. But I wonder if the international schools of the future would consider MOOCing their education in a more connected way. Just like the Global Recruiting Collaborative (GRC) has been created as a better way for international schools to recruit, maybe they’ll build a similar network for best lessons. Consider a school adopting a new program. Instead of retraining all of their teachers in this new model, perhaps it would be easier to have our little ES students resource a bank of mini-lessons being taught by people who are more experienced in that subject matter through flipped learning activities. Then, in my classroom, I can meet students to clarify and build-upon the flipped-learning? Maybe that’s the education model of the future. Best teachers or best lessons rather than best practice.

  • When doing the readings for this week I was really drawn to the flipped classroom topic. It’s something I have been hearing about and seeing for a while, but I haven’t taken the plunge and filmed a video mys […]

    • Hi Tanya, I have been a sceptic when it comes to flipped learning in the elementary classroom and have also written about it for my most recent blog post. You brought up a positive to the flipped model that I hadn’t thought about: building relationships with parents. I think this could be really effective. Not only does it allow students to share their ideas with parents, it also keeps the parents up to date on what is happening in the classroom. But I also see that hurdle of a student or two not working with mom or dad at home. This develops the relationship of those who want to get involved and highlights the issue of parents not being involved for others. And sometimes this is simply parents having a busy week and not being able to support. Homework can be a touchy situation with some families. I could also see the flip being super effective with things that I would rarely spend my one-to-one time with kids at centers, like handwriting. Any center really could benefit from having a quick video of you giving instructions that students could replay to make sure they understand the task. I’m looking forward to seeing how and what you flip. And I wonder where you think flipped learning fits in a PYP classroom. Thanks for a thoughtful post!

    • Tanya,
      Thanks for adding a new perspective on the flipped classroom. Your title caught my attention, as I think many teachers resist trying educational movements or initiatives because they feel it’s all or nothing. Your post was a great reminder that elements can be incorporated without overhauling your entire teaching system. I particularly liked the information you shared about the In-Class Flip. As a Learning Support teacher, I could see this being very useful in the high school. Due to scheduling constraints, we can only offer co-taught support in one or two classes. The In-Class Flip would be a great way to support teachers who have a classroom of diverse learners and allow them to provide different levels of instruction to different groups of students. Although I am not able to be in every class physically, I can help my colleagues develop resources that can support students virtually. Thanks for giving me a new perspective on reserve instruction!

    • I was going to write about something totally different this week, but you inspired me to try this out! Here’s how it went for me, let me know how it goes for you! http://www.coetail.com/teachertara/2015/11/21/trying-it-out-the-in-class-flip/

  • As I understand it, Project Based Learning is centered on the idea that there is a problem to be solved or a question to be answered. Students are involved in the process of solving a problem and gaining valuable […]

    • Hi Tanya. Great post. It sounds like you are figuring out how to effectively weave the PBL into your PYP units. I have never taught in a PYP environment, but the more I read posts like this, I realize how beneficial that type of learning can be. It definitely seems to lend itself to using PBL. As you said, even if there isn’t a problem, you can turn their interests into a question. I’m trying to figure out how to do something similar with my Earth Materials science unit. At the start of the unit, I asked them what are some things they hope to learn. Several have mentioned wanting to know more about volcanoes and the kinds of rocks that come from volcanoes. I’m going to try to get them all to develop a question of some sort that will hopefully allow them to take charge of their learning. Like you said, connecting it to real world and allowing them to figure out connections is a key piece of that. Good luck as you continue to do amazing things for your kids!

      • Thanks Jodee! I certainly love working in a PYP school where inquiry based learning is the focus. Sometimes I like to start a lesson with a word or picture and say that it represents the answer. The students will then have to come up with a question! That can be done in any type of lesson as well.
        Good luck with your Earth Materials unit. It sounds like it has a lot of great possibilities!

    • When reading and thinking about PBL and CBL, my first thought was also The PYP. It lends itself so perfectly to this way of ‘uncovering’ learning. One of the things I think the PYP does to support this well is to teach first through guided inquiry. With no framework, we can’t expect kids to just innately inquire and follow through successfully. The model of guided inquiry, gives a model for a more open, freer inquiry down the road. Have you ever taught The Exhibition? That is when all the pieces really come together in my mind.

      • Hi Heidi,

        You are right….teaching how to inquire is just as important as the inquiry itself. Since I have been teaching grade 3 for a while now I haven’t had the chance to do the exhibition. We had a great one at my school last year with the grade 5’s so I hope to do it in the future. It was great seeing their passion for learning.

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