I notice you’ve got a really beautiful UOI display. What’s that all about? Ha, ya, I guess it is colorful, but that’s mostly incidental. For the past couple years I’ve been engaged in experimenting with an action research project to figure out the most effective way of organizing my Unit of Inquiry boards. I think I’m on […]

Peel the Fruit

I have been looking for a good way to structure my unit of inquiry board. I’ve noticed that over the course of the unit, we discover and create all kinds of useful artefacts: charts, lists, maps, questions. Without a structured way of organizing all that information and knowledge, my unit boards (and usually the surrounding walls) […]

Here are the posters I use to illustrate the PYP Key Concepts visually. The text is taken from the IB PYP’s Making it Happen. If you use these posters, please add a comment below. I’m curious if I’ve been able to help other teachers. Also, if you have any suggestions, please tell me. PYP Key Concepts […]

Three Stars and a Wish

The advantage of this assessment tool is the ratio of positive to negative comments helps mitigate hurt feelings. Three Stars: good things, positives, successes One Wish: one thing you wish was different, suggestion for next time, area of improvement I always introduce the routine with a discussion of what makes a useful star and wish. […]

PMI: Plus, Minus, Interesting

This is a quick and easy to learn routine for helping students reflect on advantages and disadvantages of a topic, decision, or experience. I use it with my students when I want them to make a considered assessment, rather than just a superficial off-the-cuff statement. PMI stands for: P: “plus”, good things, advantages, positives M: “minus”, bad […]

A couple years ago I made this set of Six Thinking Hats posters to use with my Grade Four students. I combined several useful Six Thinking Hats resources into one A4 sized poster per hat. In addition to De Bono’s book, I primarily relied on a list of questions and sentence stems related to each hat (including […]