Visualising MYP Terminology

I have had this in my drafts since my last year of teaching in 2017/18 in Singapore so the writing is me from a while ago. I’m still the same I think. I’ll just add these few sentences here and press publish so that the post is out there. Ta-bloody-da. …

Effective Online Teaching and Learning

Having gained my Masters online with Michigan State University and now having worked with MSU as an online instructor for the past five years I have learned a lot about being an effective online learner and teacher (and I’m still learning so I’m not perfect!). Just recently I was taking …

Introducing MYP Design For ESL Learners

Another year starts and another exciting range of Grade 8 students, each with their own unique learning background, pop up in my class list. To know the students’ backgrounds is to know how to teach. This year I have a wide spectrum of English language learners in my classes and …

Design Thinking Project with Grade 4 Students

As the stars aligned two things happened a few months ago. Our music ¬†teacher was going to throw out some old musical instruments and Grade 4 were doing a unit on the global impact of consumer choices. We decided that we would get each Grade 4 class to create a …

Anatomy of a Design Thinking Lesson

I started off our design thinking exploration this school year with a Grade 2-8 introductory lesson. I did the classic¬†straw tower challenge that’s par for the course in any design thinking workshop. There are other variations out there – spaghetti, marshmallows (not recommended). It’s an easily set-up activity and thoroughly …