It is like my first day at secondary school!

In the UK there are two first days to secondary school. The first first day is actually whilst you are still in primary school, and its a visit so you know what secondary school is like before you get there. The second is the actual first day of the new term. I remember two separate…

The Apollo Launch

Around July 1st 2017 I was in Myanmar sat in a cafe on Inle Lake trying to set up everything I needed to start the COETAIL course. Nearly 10 months later and this is the final hurdle. The year has been tough, but there are no regrets. I took on this course because everybody I…

Why develop a pen when you can use a pencil?

There is a story from the early days of the space era about how the US and Russia independently tackled the problems of writing in space. The story goes that the Americans realised that a ball point pen was not going to function in space because the ink needed a gravitational force to move the…

The Final Countdown – Wellness or MOOC?

It is the end of the semester. I still have 44 projects to grade, four class sets of tests to write and grade, 80 reports to write (and a report generator to modify!), two COETAIL blog posts (and reading other peoples blogs too!), one GET certification, a job to find, lanterns to buy and two…

Our future is online

Its sometimes hard to imagine education looking any different in 5, 10 or 15 years from now. I think its because education now looks very similar to how it looked when I was in school… which was about 15 years ago. I think the other reason I cant see it changing very much is because…

A visually statistical wonderland

I love data. I love stats. Last week we had parent conferences. In our school this is four hours on Thursday evening and then a full morning (8am-1pm) on the Friday. In order to keep track of who comes to parent meetings we sign our names by students when they visit in a master spreadsheet.…

Stories are learning

Stories are an age old method of communicating to someone the events of either a fictional or real thing that happened. Whether it is the story of Harry Potter and his [SPOILER ALERT] defeat of the dark wizard Voldemort [/SPOILER ALERT], the story of Jesus or the story of Les Dennis,┬áthere are many different types…

Don’t just read off the slide!

This week our school had its Group 4 project. This is a component of the IB Science courses in which students are required to plan, conduct and present on a topic they choose as a multidisciplinary group. This year the students chose two themes, smartphone addiction and social problems in Vietnam. As per usual the…