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 […]

Taking time to notice…blue

How many times in a day do we see the colour blue? Other than sky, there really isn’t much in nature that is inherently a vibrant blue. It’s not a colour that you instantly notice. That is certainly because rather amazingly blue is a relatively new colour. Until relatively recently in human history, “blue” didn’t exist, […]

Travelling Tales -A COETAIL Course 5 Final Project

Travelling Tales When creating this video, I thought it would be challenging to make 10 minutes’ worth of video content. As it is the video is over 10 minutes and there is still things that I did not put in! How did that happen? I think my project really helped me! Essentially the project is […]

Slowing down to Travel with a Tale…the plan

The end is near to this wonderful COETAIL experience. I am trying to put the finishing touches to my Video. I just published 2 more Travelling Tales ( that is 4 now )  when suddenly I realised I have not published my plan! Doh! My plan was not set in stone last year as I […]

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 […]

Ch Ch Changes

A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed. I was a lurker a year ago.  Personally   I was happy to consume content  – I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this…but not as much!). I didn’t make global connections  (apart from family […]

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 […]

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 […]