New Pedagogies and Shifts in Teaching

Am I ‘ashamed’ or ‘guilty’ of having made a mistake recently in my planning for 8th grade Social Studies recently? I think I am ‘guilty’ of not thinking coherently or clearly enough what the objective of this exit ticket to the unit on ‘Conflicts Within Nations’ was. I used Flipgrid to record individual reflections of…

Deep Learning: Challenges and Rewards

To re-structure learning of curriculum we as teachers, need to look at our learning objectives and ways to extend them beyond the classroom walls. The deeper learning is going to come when we squeeze ourselves and our students outside the classroom. The planning for deeper learning should happen at the beginning of the year where…

A Changing Role for Teachers: Partnerships

Most international schools such as the Dhahran Elementary Middle School (DEMS), Saudi Arabia are adopting more demanding curriculum such as C3 in Social Studies, Reading and Writing workshops that are run in parallel (Elementary and Middle School), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and an approach towards Math involving modeling, explanation and reasoning.  This in itself,…

Frameworks for Learning

Watson Labs – Brain Synapse This week’s readings made new connections creating synapses (linkages) in my head. When I started the COETAIL program I wanted to merge a ‘technology’ teacher and a ‘teacher’ but was not sure how hard it would be or how to go about it. After this week, there is more clarity.…