BlogPosts & Resources
These are from here and from i-Biology.net, organised by topic and some go back as far as 2010. I tend to “write to think” and I usually have 2-3 drafts in progress. Writing comes in fits and starts, though this collection represents an evolution of thought and practice, inspired by current work, reading, my Twitter PLN and MA studies/ academic work. It includes some conference/workshop presentations and pieces for International School Magazine and the Journal of Research in International Education.
- Wayfinding: Curriculum as a Compass? (on navigating inquiry and the roles of the expert teacher)
- The Buoyant Force of Continuum Learning (I find this increasingly important in continuum curriculum planning: backwards mapping is not the same as backwashing demands and we must consider the experience of the learners pushing upwards)
- Experience as a “moving force” in curriculum & learning (on Dewey and curriculum design. I use the “moving force” idea often in curriculum discussions)
- Educate for Hope, not Despair for a Fair and Sustainable World
- How NOT to be ignorant about the world: A Fact-based worldview (on the global ignorance project and making informed use of data a foundation of powerful student inquiry, connected to progress in the global goals)
- The Environment is Interdisciplinary
- Bold Moves for Schools (book review and summary for coordinators)
- Whose Culture? Whose Curriculum? (super old post, from MA studies in Curriculum)
- Curriculum Spark: Webinar for ATLAS Rubicon (2014) (on moving away from “doing ATLAS” into curriculum conversations and Next Chapter.)
- Moving in “One Direction”: Why map curriculum?
- “Philosophy First”: Contrasting Approaches to the Curriculum (from 2012, before Next-Chapter) (on being a pragmatic idealist and considering backwash vs content freedom)
- Is this an inquiry with an “I” or an enquiry with an “e”? (on high-powered, knowledge-rich inquiry vs. fluffy superficiality)
- Are (well-running) IB schools Trivium 21C schools? (a take on Martin Robinson’s book, that led into a book review for International School Magazine)
- Defining Inquiry: A Pragmatic Approach (no need for edu-binaries, article published in international school magazine)
- The Quest for Learning in an IB Context (book review of Quest for Learning)
- Exploring Environments: Student-Designed Units in MYP 5 (summary of a project to make the final stage of MYP student-designed, knowledge-founded and inquiry-driven. Using Hapara as a management tool, and including differentiated tasks, two-part open-internet “tests” and blog posts inspired by a class Hangouts chat with the NYT’s Andy Revkin).
- An Inquiry Crossfader (very old post), on content & inquiry.
Learners and Learning (and the ATLs)
- The TEMPERed Learner (on ATL, self-regulation and the effective post-MYP student)
- “Learning is about living and as such is lifelong” (2014, Defining Learning)
- Approaches to Learning Skills Resources
- TOK Resources
- “You Can’t Differentiate Mediocrity” (on curriculum before pedagogy and the key principle of “differentiate up”, don’t dumb down)
Pedagogy & Practice
- What does this look like in the classroom? (book review with chapter summaries and links)
- Webb’s DOK and Transfer (with a planning diagram, inspired by a Boot Camp with Marie Alcock and a response to “DOK is not a Wheel”)
- Making Feedback Visible: A Four-Levels Frame (on cutting down marking and increasing quality or/ engagement with feedback).
- What are we really learning from practical work in science? (reflections on Alom Shaha’s work)
- Content & Inquiry in a Google World (where I argue that yes, we do need to know stuff, even in the digital age, in response to an Eric Jensen graphorism that keeps on being shared uncritically)
- “This will revolutionize education!” (err… probably not. Derek Muller’s video)
- Ready, Steady, Flow! (my presentation at GoogleApps for Education events, on workflows to maximise inquiry and feedback and minimize clicky-clicky timewasting)
On the MYP & DP: Curriculum, Assessment & Practice
- Capturing the Criteria & Zooming In (a big project, including a giant spreadsheet and zooming-in to assessment, a method similar to the single-point rubric. Designed to cut the workload and demystify MYP assessment)
- MYP: Mind the Gap (IBAP Conference 2013) (on the misconception that the MYP “doesn’t prepare students for DP” and what to do about it)
- #HackTheMYP: Making It Easier To Do Better Things In the MYP (IBAP Conference 2017 – no more excuses, we can make the MYP work)
- Don’t feel hopeless, despite the world right now (on current events, the learner profile, power, empathy, action and navigating a complex world)
- Taking on the Challenges of Interdisciplinary Learning (including a flow chart to be adapted for inclusion in MYP Support Materials)
- Standardization: Cycling away from the moderation “event” (on creating a sustainable collaborative cycle of workflow that should result in less “grade defending” in moderation and more co-marking and planning).
- Many MYP Cycle Diagrams (it’s a thing… I like to visualise processes as instructional tools and to distill IB documents into something practical)
- Assessment Principles & Practices (and a stretched golf metaphor). A Faculty PD session based around Tom Guskey & Rick Wormeli’s work.
- Conceptual Learning in IB Biology
- Statistical Analysis in Biology (although it’s not on the syllabus anymore, I love this and it supports IA work and not be daft with numbers)
- Designing a Service Learning Cycle (a design-cycle approach to service, based on Cathy Berger Kaye’s work and using the ATL skills as MYP 1-3-5 expectations against the service learning outcomes)
- Biology4Good (on using my resources to generate charitable donations)
International-Mindedness and Global Engagement (IMaGE)
- How international is our school? (My MA dissertation, on developing a web-chart as a visual definition of a school)
- How international is your school? (Bath 50th anniversary conference presentation, summarising my MA research and design, with resources attached)
- “Why Them? Why There? Why Then?” my thinking routine and graphic organizer
- Global Contexts & Avoiding the Single Story (inspired by Chimamanda Adichie, this was the stimulus for our internal PD on Global Contexts on MYP)
- Review: SAGE Handbook of Research in International Education (published in the Journal of Research in International Education).
- Reflecting on the Impacts of Science (and the global goals, using a pragmatic approach to case-studies and a visual organiser. This criterion does not need to be weeks of work!)
- Tankyuu: The Quest for Professional Learning (on redesigning professional learning in my school, based on teacher inquiry and with a cycle (of course) for support)
- Lesley Snowball: Professional Learning for International Educators (interesting considerations on what makes effectively learning for international teachers)
- What if… MY IB as a “MOOC” platform? (my response to expensive, hit-miss PD – if we have an ‘essential’ body of knowledge to operate our programmes, why not transmit and assess reliably, saving the “inquiry” for later workshops?)
- Using Tweetdeck to Curate a PLN
- How Twitter shook my confidence as a teacher (and why that’s a good thing), from 2012
- “Curriculum Development IS Professional Development” (very old post)