Taking time to document and amplify reflections

As teachers we value our time. Our time is one of the things that is always limiting in our job. There is never enough time in our day. The list of things to do is ever growing. Some days it is hard to fit in going to the toilet or grabbing a coffee. But there isContinue reading “Taking time to document and amplify reflections”

Surround yourself with good people

What is the one thing that will make a huge difference to you and your practice over the coming school year?  Well, more than likely it is the people that you surround yourself with. Take a time to have a think… Who are the people who are going to push your thinking? Who are theContinue reading “Surround yourself with good people”

Travelling Tales – Amplification

Travelling Tales was my COETAIL course 5 final project. I can’t believe that it all started in November 2016. Time really has flown by. Travelling Tales has grown and grown in the past 8 months and has allowed students in my class to create meaningful and purposeful global collaborations. Not only has it created connections for myContinue reading “Travelling Tales – Amplification”

Alike…curiosity, creativity and schools

“We’re all born curious, creative and imaginative.”  These are the words of Tony Wagner, who has promoted educational innovation through his work with Harvard University, Keynote speeches and books. As babies we are finding out how things works. Why do babies put paper ( or any thing for that matter) in their mouth? It isContinue reading “Alike…curiosity, creativity and schools”

Travelling Tales -A COETAIL Course 5 Final Project

Travelling Tales When creating this video, I thought it would be challenging to make 10 minutes’ worth of video content. As it is the video is over 10 minutes and there is still things that I did not put in! How did that happen? I think my project really helped me! Essentially the project isContinue reading “Travelling Tales -A COETAIL Course 5 Final Project”

Message in a bottle

How did we communicate globally before technology? Was sending a message in a bottle a valid way of communicating? Did it empower the sender?  Is it an interesting concept to think about how far we have come as technology has continued to develop since the first telegram in 1844. Since then technology has continued toContinue reading “Message in a bottle”

From lurker to …

It seems a long time ago that I wrote my first blog post I am a lurker…but I am changing… I was ready for some changes to my teaching practice however I did not anticipate the transformation that enrolling in COETAIL would allow me. Welcome to Joel 2.0! COETAIL has opened my eyes to a vast arrayContinue reading “From lurker to …”

Lift Off

Lift off. I have made a decision, finally. For my Course 5 Final Project I am going to be working on Travelling Tales. It is (I hope…)  a simple concept based on a Story Mountain, from the author Pie Corbett. It goes a little like this… Someone tells the beginning of a story. The next personContinue reading “Lift Off”

Ch Ch Changes

A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed. I was a lurker a year ago.  Personally   I was happy to consume content  – I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this…but not as much!). I didn’t make global connections  (apart from familyContinue reading “Ch Ch Changes”

Course 4 – Final Projects – Magic Carpet Ride

OK… So I am not really sure what I want to do… I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 4 courses of COETAIL. It is the best Professional Development I have ever done. It has been an amazing journey – a little like a magic carpet ride.  Up’s and Downs. So much learning but so little time. SurprisesContinue reading “Course 4 – Final Projects – Magic Carpet Ride”