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Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life

Time for a Change

So today was the "official" first day of online/virtual/continuous learning.  It was a good day.  Reflecting on the day though I had a thought (maybe two).  The first is how much we are creatures of habit and need that structure... Continue Reading →

Corona Memoirs: T-1

What a day.  Still nowhere near over.  Spent over an hour to record a 5 minute clip on Screencastify to "welcome" my students into their "virtual learning classroom" tomorrow morning.  Yep, it's real.  Starting March 18th all schools in Malaysia... Continue Reading →

Corona Memoirs: The Beginning

One of my mom's favourite sayings is "this too shall pass."  And of that there is no doubt.  The question is what will the new normal look like once we are on the other side?  Another favourite family quote is "most... Continue Reading →

The Headphone Design Challenge

One of my professional goals for this school year was to make design thinking a more integral part of the curriculum, but not as a stand-alone activity, rather purposefully integrated.  The whole "less is more concept," especially since there never... Continue Reading →

The Flipped Classroom Experiment

It all started by accident really.  Just before recess.  On Friday.  Out of a need to recognize and give a voice to those students who were consistently acting as role models for the others in the class.  I pulled the... Continue Reading →

MAPA Foundation Programme Certification

Completed 13 hours of professional development to receive the MAPA Certification.

Poetry App Smashing

The impetus behind this idea came from constantly reading over the Grade 2 Common Core standard CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.6 which basically states that students should, "with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in... Continue Reading →

Revising & Editing with Intent

Eventually the time will come when we ask our students to self-reflect and/or assess their writing.  Sometimes in the form of a rubric - sometimes in the form of a checklist - two stars and a wish, whatever you want... Continue Reading →

Don’t and Do: A Spelling Strategy

Born out of lack of success in having students independently use their class word wall, high frequency word lists, or personal spelling dictionaries to edit their writing my co-teacher @YYteach and I decided to give the Don't and Do spelling strategy... Continue Reading →

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