Beginning lessons with soulful and “big idea” thinking

Just like conceptual knowledge is never to be assumed, likewise, students having mindful approaches to their learning cannot be assumed. These two important elements of powerful learning, need to be taught and nurtured. The modified '10 Things' visible thinking routine allows the students in our classes to not only calm and center themselves at the... Continue Reading →

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Reflections on the LAUNCH Cycle

At the start of this year, I read the book LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A. J. Juliani. It was a useful read that built on my growing repertoire of readings that broaden and challenge my views on inquiry-based, interest-driven approaches... Continue Reading →

Trekking Everest Base Camp

There were many different titles I could have given this post: ‘Falling to the communists on Everest’, ‘Trekking with a Chesty’, ‘Aunt Flo and I make it part way up a very big mountain’, ‘Cough, Climb, Cough, Climb’, ‘Clumsiest Trekker in History’, ‘Darwin Girl Freezes on Everest’ and so on. They all sound a little... Continue Reading →

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