Curriculum Reflections

Thoughts on Learning & Innovation in Education

Kindergarteners Go Deep in Weather Learning

Today I was invited to witness collaboration and solution seeking in action. Kindergarten students created Weather Rocks during Maker Class with @jimtiffinjr to complement their Weather Unit. Several students showed me their weather rocks and were able to explain what they... Continue Reading →

Global School Play Day #GSPD

We have a norm at Mount Vernon to Have Fun. And we certainly upheld that norm today in first grade. #MVPSchool Lower School students celebrated the Global School Play Day (#GSPD) today, and I was lucky enough to spend the entire school day... Continue Reading →

The Beginner’s Mind

I'm in the middle of reading Warren Berger's A More Beautiful Question. I'm intrigued by the idea of shoshin, or the Zen principle of what is described as a beginner's mind. The overall idea is that looking at a problem with a beginner's... Continue Reading →

Learning Walking for Solution Seekers

Each month in our Lower School we celebrate students who exhibit characteristics of The 21st Century Mount Vernon Mind, our School's version of the 21st century soft skills we believe all students need to strengthen to be positioned for future success... Continue Reading →

Collaborative #Learningwalk

Mount Vernon has long subscribed to the #learningwalk as an innovative professional development option- it's fast, local, and free. Teachers from all divisions participate in these professional learning opportunities often. This is also the Lower School's second year participating in... Continue Reading →

#LL2LU Fractions – we are smarter than me & modeling C’s – #MPVschool & #TrinityLearns

Experiments in Learning by Doing

A new definition of strength: Can we learn together? What if we collaborate, ask for feedback, and lean in to leverage expertise and perspective of others?

If we truly believe in communication, collaboration, and the other C’s, how are we – as lead learners – modeling and taking action?

<Note the timestamps in the following communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.>

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“Hear” snippets of Nicole’s thoughts as she is developing the assessment shown above:

  •  I’m  writing a mathematics unit for a grade level that I have never taught to learn, to  help my team, to help our young learners.
  • This is hard.
  • I’m trying to model backwards design unit planning (Grant Wiggins hung the moon, most recently evidenced by his math blog post today). Stage 2 (How will I know when they have learned it?) must come before Stage 3 (the learning plan). Teachers should have access to the assessments…

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Being a student of your own school. #LearningWalks #InstructionalRounds #Pedagography

Digesting Popham’s Transformative Assessment

True to Mount Vernon’s strategic plan goal to implement a balanced assessment program and my August 2013 goal of learning more about all things assessment this year, I devoured W. James Popham’s Transformative Assessment and, as we do at Mount... Continue Reading →

#readworthy (weekly)

30 Powerful Quotes on Failure - Forbes tags: #readworthy Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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