@grade1class Rappin Out with #GlobalEdTed

Its our last week with Global Ed Ted. We will miss Teddy as he travels to Melbourne next week. Weve already stamped his passport and he will be on his way. We are having a surprise going away party for Teddy on Monday so keep it a secret!P1060875

We made videos and took lots of photos and are now putting together a blogpost for Teddy’s blog and farewell video which we will create a QR Code and out in Teddys traveling bag for the next class to watch.

Grade 1 kids were also playing around with this App VideoRhythm and made this..



Travelling Teddy comes to @grade1class

Yay.. we got a pleasant surprise this week! Travelling Teddy has arrived! Passport and all. We had a great time looking at Teddy’s adventures in India, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and New York. It sure looks like Teddy had some great fun with other classes. We have a few things to do with Teddy like write in his blog, add to Teddy’s online book, show Teddy around our campus and introduce Teddy to the lovely Indonesian culture. I wonder if Teddy likes Nasi Kuning? That’s our favorite. We havent scanned the QR Code yet, we found one in Teddy’s suitcase. I wonder what we will find…?

You can follow Teddy’s tweets on Twitter via #globaledted and check out the Google map to track Teddy’s journey! Next stop Melbourne, Australia!


A big thanks to the creators @PanaAsavavatana and @pep073


We built more than a Structure, we built a Foundation

We’ve been doing a lot of challenges in Grade 1 – thanks ‏@bfinnimore . Our challenge, to build a structure that can hold as many dictionaries as possible.There have been a lot of tears in Grade 1. We’ve had conflict. Resolution. Design. Redesign. It’s been an interesting week. We’ve been involved in design thinking. We’ve been incorporating Math, Science, Social Studies, Art and Technology in design projects.P1060742


The kids like projects like these I think. Yes, theres turmoil and stress but in the end they are left with some sort of satisfaction of completion. Of teamwork. You cant get that feeling from a workbook or a worksheet. Most of our weekly challenges involve teamwork. Some kids ‘hate’  it. Others love it. Some kids assume role of leaders, others are given the role. It depends. Its hard! We blog about it here too.

As a teacher I need to stop myself from jumping in and solving their problems, conflicts. Its hard to stand back but this is authentic learning. I provide guidance when needed, when asked, but I do not give them an answer.

These types of projects foster teamwork, collaboration, thinking skills. Real like situations here that will challenge these kids. We learned alot about math, max. weight capacity and bridge load. We used estimation and accurate measurement using standard measurement. In these challenges we have a our specs. For example make s structure X high or X long.. If kids want to innovate, awesome. Go for it. We often get other grades involved like the grade 4. They love to come in and test our hypotheses and give their expert feedback on how to better the design. How do they know? They had similar experiences years ago in grade 1. We learn that we can use other designs and make them better. We learn that we use other people for inspiration and for information. These are real life skills.

Afterwards we talk about what skills we used, why we even did this challenge and what weve learned. They get it. Its applied learning. In PYP speak kids are ‘Applying Meaning’ and using higher order thinking skills. I love the inquiry into maths here in these challenges. What I dont want to do is to plan everything the kids do. Plan each step. Thats not inquiry. Learning unfolds. If I did this next year it would be very different Im sure.

So what did I learn as a practitioner?
Kids need time
We make mistakes
We have different ideas
We use prior knowledge to make future decisions

Its great to learn from my kids. Building on my own foundation of learning.