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whatedsaid

Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a teacher, a learner, an inquirer...
whatedsaid has written 8 posts for Cooperative Catalyst

From Teaching to Learning

Cross posted at What Ed Said We’re working on shifting the focus from teaching to learning at my school. We try to ensure decisions are based on our learning principles, be they about teaching, classrooms, programs or personnel. Shifting the focus from teaching to learning… We used to spend a whole day planning how we would teach a … Continue reading

How do you change school culture?

How can the culture of a school be changed? I was recently asked this question by Tyler Rice and  I responded with a letter (cross-posted here) to which I await his reply. Dear Tyler (and educators at Coop Catalyst!) It’s taken a few days of thinking to even begin to formulate a response to this huge question. I’m sure … Continue reading

10 Ways to build resilience…

Also posted at What Ed Said. Jay McTighe struggled to learn to surf in his 50’s and almost gave up. He talks about the experience in this clip and reminds us that it’s important for teachers to remember how frustrating it can be trying to learn something new. He says we need to model persistence … Continue reading

10 things to do on the first day of school…

Also posted at What Ed Said A new school year is about to begin in Australia. It’ll be the first time in nearly 30 years that I don’t have a class to teach (I have a new role) and it’s not an easy adjustment! For as long as I can remember, I have started the … Continue reading

Global Classrooms

Most of my learning in the past couple of years has come from online interactions. Through conferences, blogs, Twitter, Skype… I have made some wonderful connections and broadened my thinking enormously. I have shared ideas about teaching and learning with educators on every continent. I have interacted with interesting people who have made me think … Continue reading

Out of the mouths of babes…

I was privileged today to have the most stimulating conversation about education that I’ve had in a while. It wasn’t with my principal or one of my colleagues. It wasn’t with one of the inspirational educators I interact with online. It was on the playground, with two former students from last year. Isabella and her … Continue reading

Not Utopia… but it’s a start

Sometimes I get tired of hearing so much negativity about education today. My ideal school would hold the belief that everyone has the potential to learn. It would acknowledge that learning takes place in a variety of ways, depending on abilities, preferences and interests. It would make every effort to cater for such diversity in its learners. … Continue reading

Flexible Learning Space

When I started blogging a year ago at What Ed Said, I thought no-one would care about what Ed said and I’d never have any readers. Now I am part of a worldwide community of educators and loving it. I think a lot about learning, so I’m looking forward to thinking and learning with you… … Continue reading

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