So a colleague and I kept chatting after the #IBChat on Twitter. As we reflected on the experience, I asked what my colleague’s most important takeaways were from the hour-long Twitter conversation. It was her first chat on Twitter, and she said it was at times overwhelming with the speed of the conversation and that […]

This blog post might end up with a nice title like “Why Collaboration is Key.” But really, it is about why as educators, we can’t just do whatever we want (in isolation). Imagine that you are a student and that the information on this infographic represents a student’s experience in school.   Some students will be […]

People don’t stop learning after they cease to be students. If you believe this, keep reading. The changing landscape of expectations for learning leaders – teachers, administrators, coordinators – has changed the work we do to develop our programmes and our selves (Drago-Severson, 2009). The changing expectations for school and professional development are visible in […]

In our classrooms, we know that not all students are at the same place in their learning. Some have more background knowledge than others, maybe because they read regularly and read a variety of material. Some have more developed skills than other students, and each student has had more or less rehearsal of one or […]

When faced with the challenge of implementing new practices, often organizations go through an implementation dip because previous expertise no longer suffices in the new programme. The organization can support teachers through some processes, which when combined provide what Drago-Seversen (2009) calls “holding environments” for professional learning. Holding environments are specific structures and processes, which help […]

  “There’s a lot of assumed knowledge here.” This statement by a teacher who was struggling to successfully transform his teaching in an MYP classroom was overheard almost a decade ago during a faculty meeting. It stuck with me because in transitioning to MYP: Next Chapter this year, I have heard similar sentiments as teachers […]