Alex Lancia

Reflections on teaching, learning, and life



No internet? No Problem! Learning tech from an 8 year old

And so it finally happened. It was obvious really. Just two students giggling in the corner of the room staring at their iPads. So I walk over, slowly ... with the worst possible thoughts going through my head ... thinking... Continue Reading →

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 →

My Top 10 Reading Workshop One-Liners (and take-aways)

1) “Whoever does the most work does the most learning.” Debbie Miller.  My thoughts: make sure students do most the work! Duh. 2) "The great thing about technology is that it enables us to connect not 1-1 but 1-world."  Stephanie... 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 →

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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