Analyzing my past through principles of learning

Do you remember an assignment that you loathe to do but then upon reflection you realize you did learn a lot? 
After writing this mammoth reflection, a critical analysis of my own teaching practice since the 90s, it dawned on me how valuable the process was; to see the impact of change, to detect further areas of growth, and to assess how time and place has altered my path. 

An Educational Journey Through Time and Place and the Principles of Learning
The road

A road less travelled is one that I have followed both in my personal and in my professional life. Metamorphosis is a challenge I embrace and as I reflect upon the road I have traveled as an educator I make connections to various learning theories that were signposts in my journey. My tale feels like an epic tale, and my role would be akin to Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings; at the start I lacked confidence, knowledge and skills but through a variety of challenging and ever changing scenery I have grown.My epistemology goes…

Superhero Book Week: Using the PYP Learner Profile to Build a Reading Community

Books can be your hero, and help you to become a hero! 

Goals for a book week can vary on a school's needs and the whim of the librarian. It is that time of year when arguments in the playground and in the classroom were on the rise, just like the rising temperatures in Singapore. So for Book Week it was decided we would focus on the PYP learner profile. With three teacher librarians thinking, we named 5 different superheroes that were inspired by the Singapore 'graciousness' characters that are found on public transport. A couple of hours in Adobe Illustrator and viola - our heroes!

Our book week engaged all members of our community; with the goal of all members share the belief that words have power. As teacher librarians, we read aloud a variety of books, like the 'Wooden Camel" which highlighted not only the power of imagination but we chatted with our students to help deliver the message of empathy for a boy whose family had fallen on hard times. Whereas the bo…