Development of a new Online Learning Platform

Originally published in UWCSEA Dunia Magazine: co-authored with Adrienne Michetti Since its inception in 2011, UWCSEA’s iLearn initiative has broadened our scope of 21st century learning. While our early focus was on providing students with necessary digital tools and supporting teachers to use technology effectively, over time it became clear that our traditional classrooms were expanding … Continue reading Development of a new Online Learning Platform

Coaching for Digital Literacy

Recently myself and several colleagues (Jeff Plaman, Louise Phinney, Keri-Lee Beasley, and Clint Hamada) were provided the opportunity to present a workshop at the Learning 2.012 conference in Beijing. We ran a 3 hour extended workshop focused on Coaching for Digital Literacy and produced an iBook to support the learning. The workshop was the fruit of our adventures in the … Continue reading Coaching for Digital Literacy

Why inquiry is central to concept based teaching and learning

In the two subjects that I have always loved and taught, Geography and Economics illustrative examples and case studies are the tools that every teachers uses to bring the subject to life. Real world examples such as those connected to earthquakes, recessions or endemic unemployment help students grapple with and contextualise otherwise abstract concepts. My … Continue reading Why inquiry is central to concept based teaching and learning

The Honeycomb – reinforcing connections between concepts in Economics

As a quick lesson starter, or revision tool the following activity is an excellent way to consolidate conceptual understandings. In my Economics class this year, I am exploring lots of different ways to developing deeper thinking and conceptual understandings and this was a really positive lesson. With the aid of a visual, the task asks … Continue reading The Honeycomb – reinforcing connections between concepts in Economics

Sorting, grouping and working with examples: Concept Formation in Economics

In beginning a new unit, teachers always look for prior knowledge and then attempt to build on these understandings. A wide range of research points to this as an essential way to make 'learning stick', by developing students mental schema and to help them hang new learning from existing frameworks. Activating prior knowledge In starting … Continue reading Sorting, grouping and working with examples: Concept Formation in Economics

Moving from examples to understanding an abstract concept

Through my lessons this year, I have been working on strategies to help my students to both identify and understand concepts more deeply. As Economics is founded on theories and interconnected abstract concepts, it is therefore a key pedagogy we teachers need to be proficient with. In the work of Lynn Erickson and other theorists, … Continue reading Moving from examples to understanding an abstract concept

Yes, Quizlet got even better; now with diagrams

Quizlet remains as one of those Swiss Army knife style apps that you end up repurposing and going back to time and time again. Last year it got a significant revamp with the Quizlet Live game feature and now there is a clever addition called Quizlet Diagrams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bFcov4KAvw The new diagrams tool goes further adding a … Continue reading Yes, Quizlet got even better; now with diagrams

When online learning amplifies the face-to-face classroom

Life as a High School teacher is a tricky balancing game. Conversation in the office revolves around the trade off between doing something in incredible depth through an engaging lesson or skimming over something quickly. This tradeoff comes about because as High School teachers we still feel that we are the best people to explain and … Continue reading When online learning amplifies the face-to-face classroom

An Overview of the World Studies Extended Essay for IB and Economics

This week we were luckily enough to have a specific workshop on the World Studies Extended Essay option for students. Here are my notes, thoughts and some examples from the session and ideas on how it connects to Economics. This information reflects changes to Extended Essay in light of the new guide beginning for August 2016. … Continue reading An Overview of the World Studies Extended Essay for IB and Economics