If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Leading teacher-training workshops and school evaluation visits for the IB/PYP; further study of positive psychology and positive education
I teach students from pre-school to grade nine.
What subject(s) do you teach?:
I also teach physical and health education.
How many years have you been teaching?:
I'm from Sydney, Australia and I've been working in international schools around the world schools since 2003, mainly in IB/PYP schools. I've taken on a variety of roles including primary classroom teacher, physical & health education subject leader and teacher, learning support teacher, PK-G9 curriculum coordinator, and vice principal.
My strengths include concepts-focused curriculum development, authentic assessment, and inquiry-based learning.
I would like to connect with educators around the world to collaborate on transdiciplinary curriculum development and unit planning.
I love the idea of getting the students involved in setting up their own learning environment- I'm all for student ownership of their learning! :-)
I wonder how play-based learning and emergent curriculum, both important concepts in EY education, could be incorporated?
One thought I had is including your pop-up classroom idea in a unit of inquiry about 'self' including lines of inquiry into how people learn, and people's unique needs and interests. It's quite 'meta' for Kindy kids, but your pop-up classroom idea would be a great provocation for getting your students to start thinking about how they learn, what they need in order to learn, and what they want to learn about, as well as helping you, the teacher, find out what the students already know, what they *think* they know, and what their interests are in order to plan and further student inquiry experiences.