Classroom Expectations

The following is a list of classroom expecations for our classrooms. This was devloped collaboratively.   Come prepared to learn & engage. Bring everything you need & mentally prepare to participate.   Respect others in what you say, do and touch. Be polite and do not disrupt others’ learning.   Practice active listening. Looking at a speaker can help you focus   Be honest. Own your mistakes and learn from them.   Be on...
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Interview Questions – Teacher Interview

A few years back I polled some top school administrators for a resource on their favourite interview questions. Here are the results. Special thanks to Karen O'Connell, John McBryde and Paul Sebastian. What interests you about the job and why are you interested in working at (school name). Please share with us some of your areas of strength? Share with us some areas you wish to develop in yourself? If you had to set some goals for yourself what would a couple of goals be? How do...
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Teacher as Coach

By nature, I am a reflective person, and this fits well with the IB learner profile attribute. Developing in my students the reflective ATL skills is a priority for me. As a result, I think about often the lessons that I have learned throughout my life. I remember having a conversation with Craig Boyce in which he stated that he took exception to the word impact. We use that word often in education, and the connotations of violence never seem to be implied, but he believed they are and we should...
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Self-Assessment

In a recent post, Self Assessment: Empowering Students in their own learning Ted Wilson of Bali Island school discusses the importance and benefits of students self assessing their work. He was very kind to link to me. In the event anyone does click on the link on that site, here are my thoughts and practices on assessment. First off, as part of our assessment practices at our school, we state that all summative assessments must be self-assessed by the student. How teachers do this is relati...
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