Building Communication and Trust Towards a Powerful School Culture

Standard

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.

 

Advertisements

ConnectedPE – Technology and Innovation in Physical Education

Standard

As a fan of implementing technology in Physical Education being part in any of Jarrod’s Robinson ConnectedPE workshops is a must. I have joined a group of dedicated educators and for a full day we had immersed ourselves into the endless possibilities that present technology tools

Here are some of the most important skills and strategies that I am already applying with my students:

  •  Using Coach’s Eye app in the formative and summative assessment with students aged 4 and 5. I do this by recording them performing a skill and using the analysing tools and graphics of this app. The outcomes can be shared instantly and then exported to their portfolios or to their parents.

Coach's Eye Alex

  • I often record live my lesson with the help of Bam Video Delay app. Students love the opportunity being offered to them to reflect on their own skills immediately. I set a delay of two minutes and that is the exact amount of time we’ll inquire efficiently on a specific topic before we give it another go.
  • CoachNote is another great app that helps us to introduce various activities by challenging our students. Whenever we introduce a new activity I take a picture with the entire set up of the game prepared in the gym. Then I will load the picture in the CoachNote app and mirror it with my iPad on the screen outside the gym. I can start explaining the activity while I edit live and we inquire about the expected objectives and outcomes. We then move to the gym and I can observe the way their understanding builds up.

photo

  •  Easy Tag is another app I have been using recently even with four years old students. It offers to possibility to engage students as observers in the lesson and gives them the chance to experience new roles and responsibilities. I often assign injured students to observe various skills performed by a team, small group or individuals and this can be done by simply tapping on the screen when the skill is being performed.
  • Other exciting apps that I have tried in the workshop and my students love by now are: PopFlux, Bit Breaker and Dance Party.

The present technologies teach our children how to make sense of the world, how to think about knowledge and information, and how to relate to themselves and to one another. Making sure we agree, in principle, with the tool’s implicit messaging is the most important question we can ask at the moment. Being part of an active #pegeeks community on Twitter is one of the best ways to ensure that we facilitate meaningful learning experiences that our students can transfer into their every day life.

 

 

Sent from my iPad