Surround yourself with good people

What is the one thing that will make a huge difference to you and your practice over the coming school year?  Well, more than likely it is the people that you surround yourself with. Take a time to have a think… Who are the people who are going to push your thinking? Who are the […]

Alike…curiosity, creativity and schools

“We’re all born curious, creative and imaginative.”  These are the words of Tony Wagner, who has promoted educational innovation through his work with Harvard University, Keynote speeches and books. As babies we are finding out how things works. Why do babies put paper ( or any thing for that matter) in their mouth? It is […]

Message in a bottle

How did we communicate globally before technology? Was sending a message in a bottle a valid way of communicating? Did it empower the sender?  Is it an interesting concept to think about how far we have come as technology has continued to develop since the first telegram in 1844. Since then technology has continued to […]

From lurker to …

It seems a long time ago that I wrote my first blog post I am a lurker…but I am changing… I was ready for some changes to my teaching practice however I did not anticipate the transformation that enrolling in COETAIL would allow me. Welcome to Joel 2.0! COETAIL has opened my eyes to a vast array […]

Lift Off

Lift off. I have made a decision, finally. For my Course 5 Final Project I am going to be working on Travelling Tales. It is (I hope…)  a simple concept based on a Story Mountain, from the author Pie Corbett. It goes a little like this… Someone tells the beginning of a story. The next person […]

Course 4 – Final Projects – Magic Carpet Ride

OK… So I am not really sure what I want to do… I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 4 courses of COETAIL. It is the best Professional Development I have ever done. It has been an amazing journey – a little like a magic carpet ride.  Up’s and Downs. So much learning but so little time. Surprises […]

Visitors only please…Residents by permit!

Are you a visitor or a resident? Resident – An individual who lives a percentage of their life online. Visitor – An individual who uses the web as a tool in an organised manner whenever the need arises. Think about these words as you read on… In the last 60 seconds there have been: 527,760 photos are […]

Education Rebooted

Nearly every industry in the world has changed beyond recognition by the invention of computers, the internet and mobile technology. The world has been rebooted. But has education changed and evolved?  The simple answer is no! In the 1800’s, students sat in a classroom, listened to a teacher and took tests. In 2016, some students […]

You name it I will play it

I am here today to admit something… I am addicted to games. You name it I will play it. So how did this begin? Well play is the work of a child. Growing up I played a lot of games. I played games outside (Football,Cricket, Tennis, Tag). I played games inside (Monopoly, Subbeteo, Test Match, Balloon Ball). […]

SPARK

SPARK The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out. Whats the SPARK in your classroom? How do you ignite children’s learning and curiosity?   There are so many X-based learning models. Here are a few:- Challenge Based […]