Our current unit of inquiry is how we express ourselves. Based on their wondering, they developed the lines of inquiry which have been inquired for the last 3 weeks. They have been enjoying reading books, exploring different genres, inquiring into different story elements. 'This story has engaged me. I always want to know what … Continue reading Digging into the Kids’ Mind about an Idea
Sometimes it's hard to get some kids to speak up and share what they think and understand about a topic. Playing snowballs is one of the tools that I use to get everyone share. However, I think it's time for the students to explore another way to express themselves. I introduced them … Continue reading Tools to Let Students Share their Thinking
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” - Nelson Mandela International Mother Language Day is celebrated on February 21. This year, I brought the special day up in the classroom. The … Continue reading Speak Your Language
Tuning-in I showed a piece of green cloth to my students. Here some comments which popped out of their minds. It's green. It may be something you can use to cover something. Can we do something on it? Why is it green? Mmm...I have seen it somewhere but not sure where. What is it for? Can … Continue reading Green Screen Lets Students Visualize their Thinking
I have introduced Padlet since the students were in a second grade. I started using Padlet to get them thinking and collaborating with others. What is Padlet? Padlet is a virtual and an interactive display board which allows you to share texts, pictures, links and videos safely. Why? Because Padlet allows you to create a URL … Continue reading Sharing and Collaborating on a Virtual World Using Padlet
Since the beginning of academic year (August 2016), I have been using Seesaw as a digital portfolio. Seesaw has been a great platform to keep student's work and showcase student's learning progress. It's a very child-friendly platform. Easy to learn and easy to use. Another good thing about Seesaw is that I do not have … Continue reading Labelling With Seesaw
'.....Inquiry learning is all about giving students the skills, the disposition and the opportunity to investigate - to find out information, making meaning and take action based on what's discovered....' Murdoch, Kath. The Power of Inquiry. pp. 40. My third graders had been extending their understanding of fractions last week. What does a fraction mean? How … Continue reading Extending Our Understanding of fractions
I was going through #L2chat discussion on Twitter and one of the questions is 'What is your best advice for someone who thinks they can't make change happen?' My thought was dragged to a quote which was given by Adam Hill last year through the PYP Book Study live chat on Twitter. I feel ashamed as I … Continue reading Make the Change Happen
'Good morning' 'Hi...how are you today?' 'Hello!' Greeting each other is an unwritten procedure which we all do. Since the beginning of the academic year, we've been starting the day by giving Hi-5 to each other. 'Have a great day!'; 'Have a super day!' They look at each other and wish each other to have a … Continue reading Will You Throw Snowballs in the Morning?
During the last week before the Christmas break, I had my students reflect on their learning journey from the beginning of academic year in August till that point. Some years ago, I had a period in my class which's called DEAR. It originally stands for Drop Everything And Read which we usually do that during literacy/book … Continue reading Let’s Reflect!