Using Pictionary to Explore Concepts in MYP Design

The hardest part about teaching and learning in a concept based curriculum is….teaching and learning based around concepts! Instead of teaching about volcanoes you teach through the lens of “change” in the area of science. This concept of…concept based learning…is especially tricky with new students (and new teachers). The definition …

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. …

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 …

Minecraft: A Journey

I’ve had more discussions with students in the last few weeks about behavior and ethical dilemmas than I’ve had in the last two years put together. Working with 20 Grade 3 to 5 students has brought up many interesting situations of communal living and societal issues and I’ve had more opportunities to …

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