What is design thinking? Design thinking is an innovative problem-solving process rooted in a set of skills. The approach has been around for decades, but it only started gaining traction outside of the design community after the 2008 Harvard Business Review article [subscription required] titled “Design Thinking” by Tim Brown, CEO and president of design company IDEO. […]Read More Design Thinking in the Classroom
Ever since I heard about Somersaulting the Classroom for those still on the fence about a total flip, I was intrigued. Could something like this be done with my Kindergarten students? I wasn’t 100% sold on a total flipped classroom with 5 & 6-year-old students but I toyed with the idea all throughout my COETAIL […]Read More Kindergarten Teaches the World
My two most significant modifications and tech takeaways thus far have both been centered around purposeful and authentic student learning. The first takeaway is to ensure that I counterbalance my use of technology as a tool with another tool that highlights the pedagogy. This includes tools such as ISTE Standards, SAMR Model and/or TPACK. Developing […]Read More Press Start : Digital Citizenship in Kindergarten
The article, “World Without Walls” allowed me first to reflect on how much I have benefited from the aid of online experts and communities, both in my personal and professional life. Thinking first in my professional life, the likes of Twitter and Facebook groups have provided me with instant answers to questions proposed about teaching and learning. Twitter […]Read More “Connectors first, content experts second”
One of our focuses this year in the Early Years department is to have a look at the learning spaces and ask ourselves, “What are we doing to and in these spaces to best empower the students to learn?”. We have started outside with the addition of our Tee Pee and the children have now led […]Read More Learning Spaces
David Bowie wasn’t exactly talking about the importance of loose parts in the Early Years nor did his song Starman mention anything about the PYP but the lyrics are fitting to say the least. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with loose parts and have witnessed some very creative outcomes. There is a great book by Lisa […]Read More Let the children lose it. Let the children use it. Let all the children boogie!
“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” This year we take the Carl Sagan approach; The Early Years Team at VIS has ventures into uncharted territory as we opted into following a new system that will allow for much more fluid approach to Early Childhood Education. The […]Read More On My Way