Author: donaldmacpherson

Stronger Subtraction Strategies

See below for Steve Brown’s (Grade 4C) blog post on subtraction strategies.  When I was teaching in the UK (back in 2001), I remember attending a Math workshop for teachers where we were shown...

Thinking Robots

Guest post from Vivian Fung, LTT Today’s students are immersed in technology. At CDNIS, through robotics, they learn to see technology as not only an immutable aspect of their environment but also as a...

Camp Life

Packing lists, rainy weather, sleeping in dorms or tents, homesickness, no homework, sand, mosquitoes! Why would we ever put our kids through this drudgery each year? What’s the benefit? What are our children really...

Robotics Challenge in Grade 4

A fantastic post by Learning Support teacher, Laura Liguori, about Robotics in Grade 4! During the eight weeks before Christmas break, Grade 4 Students are taking on the Robotics Challenge. What is the Robotics...

Prep Visits OneDoor

Prep students visited OneDoor last week to see how a computer system is taken apart. Mr. Ben showed the students how to open a laptop and then engaged the students to identify the parts and...

What are the “basics”?

Have the basics disappeared? On occasion I hear parents lament the absence of the basics from school. Have they disappeared? Absolutely not! Do they look differently from 20-30 years ago? I sure hope so!...

Student Agency

One of the five essential elements in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is Action. Taken independently as a result of an inquiry, action will extend a student’s learning and have a wider social impact....

Worlds Unknown: Creative Thinking

Renowned educational researcher Dylan William suggests we are preparing students for a world we cannot envisage; indeed, did you know we are preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that have...

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