Week 12. The TV in our household has been quiet for most of the Covid-19 period. This isn't unusual, since I grew up in South Africa, we only got TV when I was 9, and it was a little black and white thing to boot, so the habit never caught on. Since my son is … Continue reading Don’t try this at home!
Week 11. And while partial opening has been announced at most schools in Beijing for G12 and G8, this probably going to result in more stress, uncertainty and questions rather than less. Even more than ever before I am convinced we will need to radically change our teaching and learning practice. And now I'm not … Continue reading The troops are so very tired
Tomorrow marks 74 days since we saw our students face-to-face. Since we had the luxury of physical indoor and outdoor spaces. A library. Fields to play in. Classrooms. We're at the point of the year now where we've started talking about assessments and report cards and student led conferences. Where there are fewer days left … Continue reading How long will it take to rethink online learning?
This blog post is brought to you in-between too much stuff to do with online learning but as an absolute PLEA to Microsoft Education with their wonderful but exasperating Teams product to do some more heavy lifting to get Teams for Education into a shape and form that will get us through the next few … Continue reading Teamin’ up
Six weeks done and we enter our virtual online Spring Break. And my social media both professional and personal is awash with questions from people about school closure and online learning from a teacher/librarian/tech/personal point of view. It's the long tail, the tsunami hitting land after the earthquake at sea. And I know that's just … Continue reading First the earthquake and then the tsunami
I'll be the first to admit I'm an old boring Cassandra. It possibly / probably has to do with my age. Just to put things into context. Once upon a quarter century plus ago I was an auditor finishing up my articles. It was in the days when "calling" existed. Not the kind of cold-calling … Continue reading Online learning is not new shiny things
As we move into Week 5 of online learning I had a yearning to return to my librarian roots. I was prompted by our librarian network sending out a notice for the voting for the annual Panda Book Awards. Despite the closures the voting will continue. In my previous incarnation as a PYP librarian in … Continue reading Panda Madness
As we enter week 4 of online learning (and week 5 for me of the supporting and setup) a few musings on the process. I chose today's title because a lot of what we do is like trying to drive a car in reverse over a long distance for a long time with only a … Continue reading Objects in the mirror
That's me laughing my head off at my thoughts two weeks ago on this same blog. It's also me laughing at this article about setting priorities and using the "Urgent / Important" matrix. So we've just finished our first week of online learning and I've learnt a heck of a lot. One of the main … Continue reading Ha, ha, ha bonk
There literally is a book about the importance of making your bed each day. Personally I don't put much store by that type of advice - particularly as it's written by a male military type. But I do think it helps to have a reason to get out of bed in the first place. That's … Continue reading Making your bed and other stuff