How to Set Up a Week of Free Inquiry for Anywhere, Anytime Learning

When I was just a first year teacher, I placed a lot of value on my ability to control student behaviors. While students were quiet and well-behaved to the passing observer, I could sense that I was not facilitating the kind of learning experiences that I wanted from my teachers during my own education. The … Continue reading How to Set Up a Week of Free Inquiry for Anywhere, Anytime Learning

How can Moodle be used in Elementary?

My current international school is an extremely forward thinking institution with its heavy emphasis on C21 learning, including blended and personalized learning concepts and ideas. While there are many adopted technologies in our school, such as Seesaw for portfolio and social media use, our school-wide LMS is a Moodle-based platform called KICSLearns. While most people are familiar … Continue reading How can Moodle be used in Elementary?

A Letter to My Student About Goal Setting, Body Image, and Healthy Living

I've talked about goal-setting before on educationrickshaw.com, including the SMART model. As my school nears Student Led Conferences, using Seesaw as our digital portfolio, my students have all set goals to achieve during the remainder of their time under my care. While most of my students chose goals centered on improving in a particular academic … Continue reading A Letter to My Student About Goal Setting, Body Image, and Healthy Living

Kids should read a book and build a freaking fort

Motivating kids to become lifelong readers is every teacher's goal, but I'll be the first to admit to having to resort to crummy prizes and rewards, including candy and toys, to get kids to read a book. In this short post, I want to offer a fun alternative: The blanket fort. Set a goal with … Continue reading Kids should read a book and build a freaking fort

C21 Pen Pals: The Global Classroom Project

Every year of teaching I've done a version of pen pals. Here is the evolution up until this year: v.1.0 Handwritten letters sent by post v.2.0 Grainy pictures of handwritten letters sent by e-mail as PDF v.3.0 Typed letters collected on Google Docs and sent by e-mail v.4.0 Typed letters sent directly to pen pals … Continue reading C21 Pen Pals: The Global Classroom Project

Connected Blogs Redefine Learning

This week my class did their final assessment for our archaeology unit. They picked an artifact, researched it, replicated it, wrote a description of it, translated that description into their home language, and presented everything at a classroom museum for parents and other classes to come see. Amazing learning took place, but that’s where it … Continue reading Connected Blogs Redefine Learning