Showing posts from February, 2015


#pypchat is coming up next week, all about TEACHERs as RESEARCHERS . One of the key aspects of this is the use of DATA . We all agree that we need to carefully define data, and we need to use it in our practice. But how? How do we use DATA to help our students succeed? Rather than just saying that we use it and we agree that it is important and getting stuck in the definition, can we explain how we actually do it? I'd like to try. A teacher in our school is starting to implement Math Centers in day to day practice. For anyone who uses centers, they know how amazing it is. The kids work independently, self and peer assess, and reflect as they go. The room buzzes with groups of kids doing different yet related activities. If you use centers, you also know how difficult it can be to set up. We want the centers to be consistent, but we also want them to be differentiated. We want students to be discovering, practicing and applying at the right level, not missing key co

Parenting and teaching bilingual children

Being bilingual is difficult. There is no magic solution, no perfect course to follow, no method that we can copy. Our children are not robots who can easily fit into nice little packages. They have their own thoughts, feelings, and desires. Sometimes what we want (as parents or teachers) is not what they want. I guess then, the key to raising a bilingual child is knowing your child, where they are at this moment, and where they want to go. We have to resist our urge to push and set future goals, and sit back and support them in the moment. Know the person they are, not the person you want them to be. During Dr Yukawa's presentation, I loved this image/metaphor: It says so much.  Reading stories, in any language, will help the future development of other languages. It doesn't matter if your son is native Japanese, or German, reading them stories in that language will help their development of English. The concepts about books and stories they learn while bein