Category Archives: PD

Non-Negotiables at School

As I shared before in a previous blog post, our school has a professional book club. Our first title this semester is, ‘Neuro Teach; Brain Science and the Future of Education’ by Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher. As I started … Continue reading

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Cultivating Your School’s Culture

As I met with our new teachers this week, I began to reflect on what I shared with them about their new school. More specifically, how we support a professional and positive school culture for all teachers and students. I don’t … Continue reading

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Leveraging Parents as Critical Partners in the PYP

Conducting parent workshops on the essential elements of The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is key for your school. These workshops allow parents the opportunity to engage in the same learning process their children do on a daily basis, thus providing parents the chance to … Continue reading

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Putting #IBMO2015 into Action

 The IB AP Annual Conference in Macau is over and educators around Asia Pacific are heading back to their schools. The key question we should now be asking ourselves is, ‘How is this going to help my school improve student learning?’ After … Continue reading

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Doing Differentiation?

Have you ever heard, “how do you do differentiation?” As many resources tell us, differentiation is not something you do and tick off, it is more an ongoing philosophy or approach where we continue to really know our students and … Continue reading

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Thinking about Effective Feedback

I just recently wrapped up my second PTC (The Principals‘ Training Centre) course, ‘Assessment Leadership in the International School’ in Miami, Florida. You can read about my first course from 2012 here. When I reflect back on the week, I … Continue reading

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Taking away one thing – Google Summit

When you present at or attend a conference, you hope to either have your participants or yourself walk away with at least one new idea. After attending day one of the Google Summit at SAS in Singapore, I have walked … Continue reading

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Mission and Vision

This summer I spent a week in Miami, Florida for my first PTC course, Creating and Administering an Effective School. The Principals’ Training Center (PTC) is professional development for international school leaders. My group consisted of about 40 participants from … Continue reading

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Is Santa too materialistic?

One of the activities at a recent PD session I attended with Lynn Erickson was based around developing guiding questions. Questions of different types (factual, conceptual, and provocative) that guide students thinking from concrete to abstract levels. For the PYP, … Continue reading

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I’ll have the PD with a side of Twitter please

In the past two weeks I have had two very different Professional Development experiences. I feel I was able to take something away from both, although I found I preferred one format to the other. On February 10th and 11th, … Continue reading

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