I begin the 2019 Professional Learning session in my school with Playground of Math, a workshop for math teachers, inspired by a fellow ADE, Mary Kemper that is also inspired by Dan Meyer with his talk in Ted Talk. Here is the video if you don’t know him:
The purpose of this workshop is to learn how to teach math in real life context and bring the real word into the classroom, with multimedia. We tried to do what Dan Meyer did with a textbook problem, make the math problem to be worth to solve.
The perks of being an ADE and an Apple Professional Learning Specialist, I can go travelling and train other teachers in other school. In the beginning of 2019, I had an opportunity to go to Sekolah Cikal Surabaya to train the teachers, since they are new to iPad, and it is the right time to do the iPad IPL. I started the PL with my favourite video from Apple: Homework.
And then we had All About Me as the Ice Breaking activity, when teachers express themselves visually with Keynote.
And to help teachers to gain confidence in using the iPad, we had a group expert, when each group did a challenge:
After the whole day training, we decided to make the Professional Learning Community, where teachers will meet every week to learn together about Learning with iPad. Thank you Sekolah Cikal Surabaya for this awesome opportunity.
Teacher is also a leaner. A life long learner, who needs others. Teacher need other teachers to learn, share, and collaborate. That is why a community of teachers, who have the same goal, is needed. Learning together as a community, now is so much easier with technology. We don’t have to meet face to face, we can work together in group chats and having a professional development sessions in pyjamas. I have a chat group in telegram, a group of teachers, learning about teaching and learning with technology, called: Klub Guru Belajar Teknologi (Edutek). A chat group consist of teachers from all over Indonesia, everyone can join. You can join! These are the sessions that we have had:
We discussed anything about teaching and learning with technology, and the discussions were intense! So many enthusiastic teachers wanted to learn about digital story telling, scannable technology and the next one that we will have; flipped learning.
Our school is going to have a PYP Exhibition process coming up from October 2018 to February 2019. I am going to conduct a series of workshop for mentors, and I decided to make a bank of questions of PYP Key Concepts. I made the questions for 7 Key Concepts, since the Enhanced PYP will have Reflection embedded in all the learning process whatever the concept is. Here is the PYP Concept Questions:
Differentiated Instruction is never an easy implementation, even if we think we know the what and the why. The how part is always challenging. During our last year professional learning community (PLC) process, a group of teachers whom decided to pursue their inquiry into differentiated instruction, tried an activity inspired by Kasey Bell in her Shake Up Learning website. We tried the Interactive Learning Menu to implement our knowledge of Differentiated Instruction.
In grade 5, we began together by filling the PADLET together by answering some questions. Students began by opening the instruction in their Google Classroom and go to this Google Slide. After answering questions in padlet, students chose 1 menu from 1-4 and 1 menu from 6-9, and they continued to do the rest. Some students did all the menus, while some other students did some of the menus, this mean, students can learn in their own pace. We used technology for the online games and describing how to divide decimal in Flipgrid. So in a way, this experience is also including the Blended Learning method by using technology and hands on activity in 1 session. Other menus provided pairing games and group games, giving chances for students to collaborate and compete with each other. We are also included an activity for kinaesthetic learners by doing fraction hopscotch and flicker game. We tried to include all the essential elements such as learning profiles, styles, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity & communication, and real world engagement (word problems) in the learning menus.
I think, we have made a major break through in implementing Differentiated Instruction, we learned so much from the reflection going on the PLC discussion, and of course, we are always give room for improvements.
Please, if you have feedback or opinion, or want to share about how you do differentiation in your classroom, I look forward to know!
This academic year, our school tried something new regarding to personalized, student’s driven inquiry. We started from the powerful question: “Are we preparing kids to learn without us?” It was the question that drives us to aim for Self Regulated Learner, one of the school mission and vision of Cikal 5 Stars Competencies.
“How can we shift curriculum and pedagogy to more effectively help students form and answer their own questions, develop patience with uncertainty and ambiguity, appreciate and learn from failure, and develop ability to go deeply into the subjects about which they have passion to learn?” (Richardson, W,. 2012:23). This question raised by educator and blogger Will Richardson got the author of The Power of Inquiry book, Kath Murdoch, thinking. And got me thinking too. As the PYP Coordinator in my school, I am responsible to the implementation of unit of inquiry and the big final project The PYP Exhibition.
How do we provide time and space for student’s driven inquiry? How do we prepare students to be able to choose issue for their PYP Exhibition?
Those questions drive us to the implementation of iTime. iTime is a time where students can have their 1 hour a week independent sessions, where their can pursue their passion and interest in 5-7 weeks project. It was a challenge, with our tight schedule of other unit of inquiries and learning outcomes set for the academic year. Thus, students and teachers were all excited with this new experience.
In Sekolah Cikal, we started to implement iTime from grade 4 and 5. Next year, we are planning to implement iTime from grade 2 to grade 5.
What does iTime look like? Here is a video explaining everything about iTime in Sekolah Cikal.