Blogs & Websites

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(Focus: Activism, Assessment & Feedback, Blended Learning, Creativity, Growth Mindset, Independent Learning, Literacy, Numeracy, Thunks, Wonder)

"Only a crisis actual or perceived produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around." [Milton Friedman, Economist].

There are plenty of great ideas lying around on this site to watch, read or listen to.

Sample Posts

(Focus: Instruction, Classroom Management, Technology, Learning Theory, Leadership, Career & PD)

(Focus: Mental Models, Design, Thinking, Learning, Leadership, Education Architecture)

A former primary teacher from England, Tom is the Director of Dialogic Learning, an education consultancy focused on Architecture, Coaching + School Partnerships. Tom’s blog is different from other educational blogs in that it takes a more reflective approach to teaching, leadership and learning. The blogs are thought-provoking and guide educators and business leaders to reflect on their practice. He also has a course on implementing Solo Taxonomy.

Sample Blogs

(Focus: Critical thinking and communication skills, Classroom culture/routines, Writing, Transdisciplinary Themes)

This blog strives to be a site that recognizes the differing needs of the 21st century learner, by reflecting on meaningful, differentiated and engaging experiences that hone students' critical thinking and communication skills.

Sample Posts

(Focus: Mobilize Your Community, Student-Driven Learning, Try a Project, Creativity, PEAK Learning Conditions, Social & Emotional Learning, Assessment, School Redesign)

What Are Schools For? This is an inspiring site that hosts several thought-provoking videos about the future of schooling. Schools must change to meet the ever-changing needs of society and the environment.

Sample Tags

  • Mobilize Your Community

  • Student-Driven Learning

  • Try a Project

  • Creativity

  • PEAK Learning Conditions

  • Social & Emotional Learning

  • Assessment

  • School Redesign

Some Videos

(Focus: Creativity, Learning... Learning Spaces... Learning styles, Listening, Mindfulness, Planning, Presenting, Reading, Research, Speaking, Time, Transdisciplinary)

Sam Sherratt, Chad Walsh and Frank Hua are educational consultants.

Sam’s current focus is on designing meaningful learning experiences that are important in the development of students as human beings, not just students in the isolated world of schools and school “work”.

Frank is the PYP Technology Integration Specialist at International School Ho Chi Minh City. He designed and runs the MakerSpace at ISHCMC.

Chad’s current focus is on designing creative and thoughtful planning meetings that bring out the most powerful thinking and ideas.

Sample Tags

(Focus: Good Teaching Practice, Technology, Reflection)

Adam Hill is a passionate and dedicated primary teacher from the UK, now teaching at Victoria Shanghai Academy, a bilingual PYP school in Hong Kong. He is a proud lifelong learner, continually working hard to develop as a teacher and leader.

This blog is intended to be a platform for learning, reflecting and sharing good practice. He hopes that you find it useful. Many blogs connect to technology in the classroom.

He is an avid user of social media and a great believer in the power of a PLN. He encourages you to follow his social media links at the top of his blog. He looks forward to connecting and learning with you.

Sample Posts

(Focus: Math, PD)

Inspiring Math Success for all Students through Growth Mindsets and Innovative Teaching. Headed up by Jo Boaler, Youcube's main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.

Resources

Courses

*Week of Inspiration Math (WIM)

  • Week of Inspirational Math(s). It's great PD and offers activities for students. All you do is choose your own maths adventure using. interactive tools to build a custom playlist of inspirational maths activities and messages!

  • Definitely worth checking out HERE

Creating Limitless Learners

Jo Boaler's Personal Website/Blog(Focus: Math)

Youcubed (above) is a research and learning center at Stanford Graduate School of Education; this new website is not – it’s a place where Jo Boaler will share her own ideas and thoughts. It is not affiliated with Stanford University. Jo works to remove the structural barriers that stop students going forward, including systemic racism - and share the strategies that empower teachers to be their most effective. She loves beautiful, creative mathematics and knows that people are changed when they experience mathematics in this way. She also knows that when we teach multidimensional mathematics, many more students are successful. When we give students a rich, creative, growth experience, we change them as people, the ways they interact with the world, and the new opportunities that become open to them. This work is part of the on-going struggle for the more equitable and just society that we all need.

View her blog entries

(Focus: Depth of Knowledge Matrix, Problem Solving, PD)

Robert Kaplinski has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world.

He is also the author of Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, Grade 6-12, creator of the #ObserveMe movement, president of Grassroots Workshops, and runs the website Open Middle.

Blog Sections

(Focus: Review of educational books, tips, etc. about Literacy, Math, Reading, Writing )


Stenhouse publishes a variety of excellent educational resource books. Their blog is a good resource for teaching tips, book release updates, event information, and so much more.

Resources

(Focus: EAL, Culture, Instructional Strategies, Opinion, Tools & Resources, Vocabulary)


Cindy Garcia has created an in-depth blog that support the teaching of learners of English.

Categories

(Focus: Math & Science - Inquiry, Assessment, Early Years, Critical Thinking)


Future Crunch Website/Blog

(Focus: Good news stories which helps to balance out the mostly negative news provide by mainstream outlets)

Intelligent, optimistic thinking for the future. Future Crunch helps people understand what's on the frontiers of science and technology, and what it means for human progress. The blog and videos focus on good news stories which helps to balance out the mostly negative news provide by mainstream outlets. For example: 99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn’t Hear About in 2021

Links

(Focus: Migration, Climate Change, Indigenous Cultures, Nature, Inspiring People, and Creativity.)

The Global Oneness Project is an amazing multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans as pedagogical tools to inspire growing minds (Gr 4-12). You will find collections of films, photo essays, and articles that consider cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Some topics: Migration, Climate Change, Indigenous Cultures, Nature, Inspiring People, and Creativity.

Aligned to National Standards and Frameworks, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Their films and lessons have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Smithsonian.


EcoWatch Website

(Focus: a community of experts publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life.)

EcoWatch is a long-time leader in environmental news. Founded in 2005 as an Ohio-based environmental newspaper, today it is a digital platform still dedicated to publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions. The goal of EcoWatch is to empower readers to make informed, environmentally-conscious decisions that support a sustainable future for everyone.

Sections

Ask Nature

(Focus: A portal to the wisdom nature holds)

What a fantastic resource! Kath Murdoch states, "Whether using it directly with students or simply to deepen your own understanding of the natural world, this website focusses on biomimicry - the lessons we can learn from the way nature works. I just used it to add to my planning for an inquiry into the way animals form and live in communities. I love the whole concept of ‘asking nature’ – using nature as a resource to help us understand how to live better. Enjoy exploring this one!"

How does nature: coordinate | regulate climate | produce color | communicate | protect from harm | distribute resources | protect from pathogens | create community | manage disturbance | conserve water | process information| and much more.

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