Building Communication and Trust Towards a Powerful School Culture

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Under the 4 Generations 4 Education generous agenda of events I have presented a workshop that focused on communication and trust as successful elements to construct a powerful school culture.

Hosted by the the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai, this event was an excellent opportunity to identify, explore and broaden the perspective over the settings we are activating as educators and to share strategies that give results.

We have inquired over various concepts such as constructionism, trustworthiness, listening, Activity Theory, assessment, Zone of Proximal Development and scaffolding, school culture, vision and mission, learning environments and most of all we had fun in a group of dedicated educators.

We examined the characteristics of elevated communication and we have identified challenges of how communication is shaping relationships. Investigating conceptual understandings for constructing a positive learning environment and reviewing the purposes of assessment were areas that often positioned us out of our comfort zone.

The time will prove the success of this event, as when returning inspired to our schools we will empower students and colleagues towards continuing this learning adventure that started on the 28th and 29th of October.

As educators, I believe  we are seeking more for learning in adventure  than adventure in learning! This workshop has been an adventure where learning happened at a high level and I’ve felt inspired by the professionals I worked with!  Thank you!

When looking for valuable opportunitie to develop professionally, 4 Generations 4 Education takes this mission beyond expectations and sets a high standard in international educational services.

 

Concepts Bingo

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It was towards this end of the teaching year when I had the thought of a rehearsal. Some of my students still asked questions about concepts, so I came with the idea of a bingo game thinking it is a playful way to revise them. I have chosen especially the Concepts Bingo with Physical Education related concepts of the units done throughout the year.

The cards were done online with a bingo card generator program that any educator can easily find on-line. When the prints were ready it took only three to five minutes to go through it. It is interesting to do it at the beginning of the session since it will influence it but it’s up to you!

With the younger students (grades 1-2) we call one concept at the time and if they have it on the paper they colour it. I let them play longer so a few of them have the chance to call “Bingo!”. They have to provide an explanation of the concept and come up with a practical example.
With the older ones (grades 3-5) we only provide a clue and they have to come up with the name of the concept. They are so excited to experience it this way! These students will be asked to make connections beyond the gym.

For me this is a good way to asses their conceptual understanding at the end of the year while still engaging them in the lesson.
What’s your way of using this tool in PE or in the classroom? Any more ideas about how to spark student’s interest?

Enjoy teaching! Starting soon!

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Digital Technology Tools and Strategies

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Our presentation at the Teaching and Learning Forum wasn’t a sold out event – scheduled at the end of the day, right after lunch – but it gathered a few enthusiastic and curios educators who joined us into fun. I say fun because we laughed a lot, we shared ideas and we even flipped between being a presenter and an attendee. By the end of the sessions we have inquired about:

  • How to use Tagxedo to make word clouds in real time. Carmen uses this tool during inquiry time. I personally use WordFoto
  • How we have used QR codes, Vocaroo, Picosong, and physical movement to enhance Spanish language acquirement through phonetics with Pre 5 students, in this movie. This was a collaborative assessment that we did together.
  • Creating individual and group reports of your end of the unit reflections with Socrative. Carmen is an expert with this tool. I tried it first with my grade 3 students at the end of the Movement Composition Unit and I exported students’ reports straight to their online portfolios.
  • How to use a classroom response system with Kahoot. This tool creates an engaging learning environment, through a game-based digital pedagogy. This was one of the favorite tools by the ones attending.
  • How to record a formative assessment in real time without the need for student devices by using Plickers. The presentation’s feedback was collected with a set of questions and the use of Plickers as you can see below.

Thanks, Carmen! It was fun to put all of this together. Thanks to everyone attending, you’ve made this session so enjoyable! Any negative feedback in the reports below comes most probably from my Mom, who attended but she was still figuring out how to use the cards in the correct position. Or maybe not!