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Alex Lancia

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IB Learner Profile

A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Writing and Coding in the Classroom

Hour of Code week is officially over but that doesn’t mean that coding in the classroom should be over too. So in my constant quest to integrate technology authentically in the classroom I came up with this solution for how... Continue Reading →

Learn to code the learner profile with Scratch Jr.

According to Scratch Junior "coding is the new literacy" and I couldn't agree more.  Many of us (children and adults alike) are mere consumers of content - constantly linked to our devices to absorb information. This is why one of... Continue Reading →

Pokemon Go … and why critical thinking can save your life!

So if ... critical thinking is "the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action (criticalthinking.org),... Continue Reading →

Living the Learner Profile in Grade 2

It has been a few years since I published this post on living the learner profile in Early Childhood.  Given my professional "upgrade" to teaching grade 2 I decided it was time to also "upgrade" and document what I do... Continue Reading →

Learn em’ how to read n’rite good

On November 6,7, 8 (2014) I had the opportunity of attending Reading and Writing Through Inquiry, a category 3 IB PYP Workshop hosted by the Western Academy of Beijing (China) and led by Carla Holmes. It was an interesting learning... 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 →

How to Foster Critical Thinking Skills in an Early Childhood Classroom

A few weeks ago The Economist magazine ran a thought provoking article on the impact of today's technology on tomorrow's jobs.  The basic conclusion was that we are not ready for tomorrow's jobs. Why? David Price, in his book “Open”... Continue Reading →

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