Blogs & Websites
(Focus: Brain-Based Learning, Classroom Management, Differentiated Instruction, Inquiry-Based Learning, Literacy, Math, New Teachers, PD, School Leadership, Student Engagement, Teaching Strategies)
Edutopia is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991.
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(Focus: Resource to help teachers write lessons that get children's brains sweating)
The Byrdseed website is chalk-full of differentiated learning challenges that will get all students thinking and spark their curiosity. I especially love the Puzzlements section which houses a variety of videos/photos that will peak your student's curiosity. You can even have 5 puzzlements sent to your email in box each week which could be posted each morning as your student arrive. Also have a look at Differentiation Techniques & Differentiation Examples
The Kids Should See This Website
(Focus: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages)
The Kid Should See This is a Webby Award-winning collection of 5,000+ kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. And thanks to our members, it’s free and available for everyone.
(Focus: Grade 3 PYP, Exhibition, Assessment, Skills, Dispositions)
AppleMatsu Blog is run by Billy Applebaum, a PYP practitioner, who currently teaches Grade 3 at Fukuoka International School, Japan.
A Few Recent Blogs
ASCD: Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
(Focus: Educational Blogs, Articles, Books, Publications, Podcasts, Webinars, Videos)
ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a global community advancing student achievement by supporting the whole child, and seeks to develop programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
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I Think Therefore...
(Focus: Agency, Leadership, Relationships, Collaboration, Reflection, Professional Learning, Team Teaching, Self esteem, Empowering Learners, Exhibition, Flow & Passion, Assessment, Learning how to learn, Visible thinking, Conceptual Learning, Metacognition)
In addition to Gareth Jacobson's role as an educator in school, he also facilitates and designs workshops independently for both the IB and non-IB organizations.
(Focus: Assessment, Choice, Differentiation, Formative Assessment, Inquiry, Literacy, Math, PD, Prior Knowledge, Real-life Experiences, Reflection, Student Voice, Technology, Units of Inquiry)
Sharyn has taught in Duesseldorf, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, and is currently the Lower School Asst. Principal / PYP Coordinator at The International School of Helsinki, Finland. She enjoys teaching and is passionate about Differentiation, Assessment, and Technology. She is an IB PYP Workshop Leader, Visiting Team Member and Reader. I am a CIS, WASC and NEASC Visiting Team Member. Her goal for this blog is to share her ideas and encourage you to share your thoughts with her.
Start With Joy
(Focus: Teaching, Learning, Play, Social Emotional)
Dr. Katie Egan Cunningham is a veteran classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and teacher educator with twenty years of experience in education.
Katie is the author of Start with Joy: Designing Literacy Learning for Student Happiness published by Stenhouse in the fall of 2019. Her book, Story: Still the Heart of Literacy Learning, was published in 2015 also by Stenhouse.
She is the co-author of Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools, published by Teachers College Press in 2016.
Katie is also the co-author of The Classroom Bookshelf, a weekly School Library Journal blog dedicated to children’s and young adult literature.
** Recommended by Kath Murdoch
What's Worth Learning, Part I (podcast)
What's Worth Learning, Part II (podcast)
(Focus: Early Years, Unpacking Pedagogy, Relationships, Agency, Collaboration)
Anne van Dam & Fiona Zinn co-created Constant Conversations: Unpacking Pedagogy. The website focuses on the Early Years. Anne also has another Blog called: Early Learning at ISZL
Fairy Dust Teaching
(Focus: Early Years, Reggio Emilia Inspired, Literacy, Play, Science)
Fairy Dust Teaching is a business that is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. The six owners that believe young children have the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, and to dream. Their Blog has many beneficial Early Years posts. Well worth a read.
Innovative Learning in the PYP
(Focus: Coaching, Collaboration, Communication, Community & Service, Constructing Ideas, Documentation, Early Years...Play, EdTech...iPads...Coding, Exhibition, Learning Spaces, Literacy...Maths, SeeSaw, UOI, Visible Thinking, Wellness)
Learning, collaboration and innovation in the elementary classroom. Jocelyn Sutherland is an enthusiastic, motivated, Apple Distinguished Educator, a tech advocate and advisor and life-long learner. Her philosophy hinges on collaboration, innovation and creativity. The site hosts a wide variety of PYP, inquiry, tech early childhood inspirational articles.
(Focus: 21 century learning, Collaboration, Effective learning Spaces, Game-based learning, Mindset, PLNs, PD, Reflective practice, Teaching and learning, Technology integration)
Jennifer Fenton is a Technology for Learning Coordinator. She is interested in tech integration, PYP, reading, learning and music.
(Focus: 21st-century-learning, Global-collaborations, Learning to be, Library 2.0, Parenting-in-the-digital-age, Pedagogy, PD, School-community, Teaching-technology,Technology-coaching....Technology-integration...Technology-tools., The-learning-hub, Third-culture-kids)
Always Learning focuses on Technology in the classroom. It's author is Kim Cofino who is a technology consultant and educator with nearly two decades of experience living and working in diverse settings across Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa.
(Focus: Teaching, Learning, Technology, Critical Thinking, PD)
TeachThought is an idea and brand dedicated to innovation in K-12 education. This is pursued by growing teaching through thought leadership, professional development, resource curation, curriculum development, podcast publishing, and collaboration with organizations around the world.