I am passionate about supporting adult professional learning in order to provide students with the means to make richer connections, the opportunity to think critically and creatively, and to develop lifelong skills and literacies.
My interests include the exploration of eLearning to implement innovative practice.
I am also interested in libraries, reading, children's literature, Makerspaces and STEM.
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We have been exploring the annual Book Week theme through the lens of the PYP. The theme is Australia My Story Country which we have adapted to exploring story through World Stories (using the continents as a way to organise these countries).
We have selected books from each continent that can be shared over the course of the term.
Week 1 JS Library Makerspace
Explore the world through BeeBots
Students programmed the BeeBots to travel the world after answering a series of country and continent questions in a group of their choice. These students successfully were able to execute a programme and troubleshoot. The BeeBots and the world map are available each break for students to continue their world exploration.
The job of the Teacher Librarian in a PYP school is hard to explain to someone who is not familiar with a contemporary library in an educational setting.
This library does not look like the cliched ‘read a book’ to children and discuss it situation. This is just one component to the learning engagements that will occur.
PYP Teacher Librarians are adding value to the teaching and learning experiences of those in the school community.
The library and the role of the Teacher Librarian has reading and literature promotion embedded in the teaching and learning at the core.
It is also is about classroom teaching, planning, collaboration, mentoring and training.
It does include all the Essential Elements of the PYP, just like a PYP classroom teacher has to consider BUT it also is about visioning, resourcing, budgeting, collection management AND changing culture and attitudes.
It is a role that embraces change and challenge.
It is about Educational Leadership!
Above all it is about supporting and challenging others to be life-long learners and supporting them on the learning journey.
St Andrews will host a ‘Job like day’ later in the term.
This below is just a snippet of the what the day beholds.
In the JS Library Makerspace, we aim to develop students love of learning through hands-on learning by challenging the thinking process.
It is “a holistic approach that links the disciplines so that the learning becomes connected, focused, meaningful, and relevant to learners” (Smith & Karr-Kidwell, 2000, p. 22).
To celebrate our first week of our newly renovated library (which includes the Makerspace) the students were offered the opportunity to participate in the Global Day of Design (26th April #GDD16). Over three days, we offered three design challenges based on literature.
As a part of the Design Process, the students worked in groups to complete the challenge and then reflected on the learning (all in 30 minutes!).
The students were also exposed to the engineering design process which includes identifying a problem, developing ideas and solutions, and sharing these solutions with others.
Huff n Puff
Designing a bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff
Shake it Up
Designing an earthquake proof building
The Sky is the Limit
Paper plane designs
(Stealth: longest flight time in air)
toothpicks, masking tape and 3 marshmallows
playing cards and ½ metre of masking tape
Billy Goats have to be attached to a marshmallow.
Have to use all the toothpicks
Have to use all the playing cards.
1 A4 piece of paper
Some of the students’ thoughts:
Need to keep it stable and safe and so we used two cards per wall
We thought of strategies to keep the building up
All the parts have a function
Triangles have more stability than other things
Thought about the ways to stabilise and use all the cards
To use the triangle method not the cube
The ICT Mentors for 2016 were introduced to the Design Thinking concept and were available as support for the groups. They exhibited a wonderful enthusiasm and attitude to their role. Well done.