Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life


Early Childhood

Content or Thinking? The Shifting African Map Conundrum

Let's take a picture walk through African history... German Southwest Africa, Belgian Kongo, or Rhodesia ring a bell? Sixty years later these country names are looking a little more familiar perhaps. And here we are today. Pop quiz time ...... Continue Reading →

4 Ways to Teach Your Pre-Schooler to Code

I am sure you have heard it already, "coding is the new literacy." Maybe, maybe not.  What I do believe strongly however is that coding and programming helps students to think creatively and problem-solve.  Basically "hands-on" critical thinking!  In my... Continue Reading →

Why Do Marshmallows Make Play Important?

For those that have never heard of it, The Marshmallow Test was a study led by Dr. Walter Mischel at the Bing Nursery School in Stanford during the 1960s and 1970s. In a nutshell, the test involved offering pre-schoolers their... Continue Reading →

Living the Learner Profile in Early Childhood

Caring, courageous, open-minded, knowledgeable, principled, inquirer, communicator, balanced, thinker, and reflective are huge words to comprehend when you are four years old. These learner profile traits are supposed to promote the mission of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) in developing...... Continue Reading →

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