Documenting Learning in New Zealand

Educators in New Zealand have a number of qualitative ways to document student learning, from infants onward, including “Learning Stories” and more. Examples of Documenting Learning Anecdotal evidence, gathered from observations, evidence from formative assessment tasks, student or parent voice – all are valid ways of identifying areas where students …

Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

Risk-taking is Essential for Children’s Well-being  This declaration cites research from around the world on the benefits of risk-taking for children. While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to …

Urban Schools and Outdoor Learning

Great article from The Guardian on Five easy ways urban schools can experiment with outdoor learning. Just go outside – ask, can we do this outside? Small is okay – even a small outdoor space can have container gardens, bucket ponds, logs or bug houses. Bring nature indoors – plant seeds, catch …

Rock that Recess…

I sit at my desk and hear the crowds of children on the playground at our neighborhood school – where does all that exuberant noise come from? And where does it go by the time we become adults?  Jill Valet over at Edutopia explores the proven benefits of recess, including improved …

John Cleese on Creativity as Mood, not Aptitude

I am a huge fan of Open Culture for their daily inspiration of open source books, videos and more. Recently, they posted this on John Cleese of Monty Python fame and his views on creativity: Drawing on research from his friend Brian Bates, a psychologist as Sussex University, Cleese claims …

VoiceThread Redux

I think I mentioned VoiceThread before – the marvelous web site that lets you present a slide show and record comments, captions & doodles. The other innovation of VoiceThread is you can invite others to comment as well, creating a visually guided dialog about… well, anything. One of my favorites: …

Biology of Plants

Biology of Plants provides students with a clear, accurate introduction to plants as living things, plant growth, plant parts, making food, pollination, seed dispersal and adaptations.