The Teacher DJ

The Teacher DJ

In preparation for my former IBDP class’s exam session, I approached a grade 11 student with lyrics.  I rewrote the song ‘Frozen’ as a manifesto for students approaching their final exams.  The student agreed to record these rethought lines, and my...
Hide or Seek?

Hide or Seek?

The truth is that most of us simply can’t protect ourselves from every threat 100 percent of the time, and trying to do so is a recipe for existential dread. But once we understand our threat model—what we want to keep private and whom we want to protect it from—we...
Trailblazing

Trailblazing

  Around 9am this morning I tweeted an image of work that my grade 11 IBDP Language and Literature students constructed.  Students worked on a project I called ‘Astounding Annotations,’ where they take an extract from Margaret Atwood’s The...
Expecting More Matters

Expecting More Matters

  Our expectations set the tone. If we expect cyber-bullying, if we anticipate prank hacks, if all we talk about are the pitfalls of our screen-clad world that is exactly what we will get. Instead, if we think beyond doom and gloom, if we anticipate excellence,...
Transitioning to better connections

Transitioning to better connections

  So much is available to primary school educators to assist them in providing effective ‘brain breaks.’   Sadly, by the time our students reach secondary school, we rarely encourage them to take the time to transition.  Students race from lesson...