Author Archives: Beyond The Apple
Rethinking Alphabet Charts
Check out this alphabet chart. H is for chicken, Q is for people, R is for flower, S is for dessert, J is for drink, N is for spaghetti and Q is for queue. What??? This chart (and many like … Continue reading
Close looking: “O that she knew she were . . . a balloon?”
From: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/balloon-twisting-team-canada-world-convention-mickey-mouse-1.4585695 At Beyond the Apple, we’re always looking for an intriguing image that provides an anchor to “cog up” a student’s problem solving. When we saw Canada’s Twisted Team recreate Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene in balloons, we knew … Continue reading
Re-imagining our teaching practice: how do we begin?
Dana’s words, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn” serve to open this conversation about how a teacher’s ongoing professional learning can and should modify, enhance or wholeheartedly change their teaching practice. Let’s get that conversation started. Accept … Continue reading
Does the image of an apple hold back educational change?
The purpose of an iconic image is to create and sustain a message. So, why does an apple represent education? It might be a reference to Newton’s apple, which certainly reflects the search for knowledge, but here’s what most people … Continue reading
Exploring Social Studies Through Arts-Based Pedagogy
The Beyond the Apple video introducing arts based pedagogy is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N5Yg4Q3xq8 Infusing arts-based pedagogy into classroom practice provides students and teachers with an opportunity to view content through a new perspective. Here’s how we used arts based pedagogy … Continue reading
What Does Growth Mindset Look Like?
Growth mindset, first mentioned by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, is a simple but powerful idea with tremendous impact. In essence, people with a growth mindset have a “not yet” attitude. Rather than thinking “I don’t know it”, a person … Continue reading
Rethinking lesson planning
(from lesson plan templates / Google images) Writing lesson plans is an integral component of a teacher’s daily practice. The lesson plan template is designed to communicate the topic of the lesson (the curriculum focus), the activities of the lesson … Continue reading
Let’s Do Our Homework About Homework
A change in thinking about homework is upon us . . . and it can’t come fast enough. Here are some articles to start this conversation: Homework Alert: How Much is Enough? Council of Ministers of Education, Canada Rethinking Homework … Continue reading
Gosling Glen and Duckling Dell: Street signs that make us think
Driving through Amherst, Nova Scotia, I saw this street intriguing sign. The elementary school teacher in me was intrigued. For the rest of my drive, I thought about how to use this image as an anchor for a project that … Continue reading
Close Looking (1): An “After the Storm” Beach Alphabet
At Beyond the Apple, we’re always looking for an interesting image or piece of text to create an engaging anchor for a lesson. Who knew we’d find our next image on a Nova Scotia beach after a mid-summer Nor’easter? After … Continue reading