inquiring – conceptual understanding – contextualizing – collaborating – differentiating – assessing – reflecting
Do you have something you’d like to share that is happening in your classroom? How are you using iPads to extend learning in your classroom? How are you making curriculum come alive for your students? Please let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) know so that I can share what is happening and provide you the support you need for success.
The expectation for collaboration that exist at AIS is stated in the IB’s Programme standards and practices document (Standard C1: Collaborative Planning). The emphasis on collaborative planning and reflection is inherent in the IB programmes. Best Practices in Teaching acknowledge the direct correlation between collaborative teachers and student success. Collaboration between teachers can be a powerful tool for professional development and a driver for school improvement by providing “opportunities for adults across a school system to learn and think together about how to improve their practice in ways that lead to improved student achievement” (Annenberg Institute for School Reform, 2004, p. 2).
What collaboration looks like in 2012 may not always involve sitting face-to-face or getting our hands dirty. We may choose from numerous social networking platforms such as Skype, Twitter, Whatsapp, or blogging. Which platform we choose will be driven by our needs. As educators in the 21st century, we are able to enter into collaborations with members of our profession from around the globe at virtually any moment (Any Time, Anywhere).
Working together in the true spirit of collaboration takes time, effort, and commitment. (I wrote more about this here.) Lucky for us, AIS is committed to collaboration! There is collaborative time for professional development and planning built into all schedules: from grade level teams to department meetings to the Administrative Council to the Faculty Advisory Council. In addition there are numerous people in coaching roles to support collaborative planning. These individuals can be called upon to provide a variety of support (e.g., backwards planning, unit question design, implementing the writing process, integrating technology into a unit). From IB programme coordinators to tech coaches to literacy coaches to the curriculum coordinator, to Heads of Department know that there are many people ready and willing to collaborate with your team this school year.
Wishing you happy and successful collaborations this year!
There are numerous apps that enable creation sharing without having to rely on printing (nor paper). Here is an article listing 50 apps that are out there for the sharing. Many of these apps have been requested to be included in the AIS Student iPad suite of apps in each division.
Did You Know?/Shift Happens – Version 6
Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
What year are you preparing your students for? 1973? 1985? 1999? 2021? With this provocative question, author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs launches a powerful case for overhauling, updating, and injecting life into the K 12 curriculum. Sharing her expertise as a world-renowned curriculum designer and calling upon the collective wisdom of 10 education thought leaders, Jacobs provides insight and inspiration in numerous areas of teaching.