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Learning from Each Other: Getting Meta with Professional Learning

I have recently taken on a new role at YIS…In-School Professional Development Leader. More to come on what this means, but it’s really thinking about how we support teacher learning while at ELC to grade 12, whether in meetings, PD … Continue reading

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“You’re just like Kris Jenner, Ms. Madrid”

“You’re just like Kris Jenner, Ms. Madrid”.                                                 -Grade 11 DP History Student on May 8th, 2015 That … Continue reading

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Live Tweeting a History Class

I’ll be tweeting our WWI historians breakfast at #16HISYIS pic.twitter.com/dofNVEIH06 — Rebekah Madrid (@ndbekah) September 10, 2014 Starting the live tweeting of WWII Historians Dinner Party #16hisyis pic.twitter.com/dYQj0RKrHm — Rebekah Madrid (@ndbekah) March 20, 2015    I’m starting this with … Continue reading

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Attach yourself to people not to apps.

In the past 14 hours I have… Had a text conversation on WhatsApp with my college roommate about her visit from Chicago to Japan in a couple of weeks. Had a Facebook conversation with another old roommate who lives in … Continue reading

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Bouncy Ball Revolution

There are are lot of words written about how we need to get our kids to move. “Movement isn’t a break from learning; movement is learning” – Washington Post Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. … Continue reading

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What’s Next: Beyond Blogging

I was lucky enough to be able to facilitate the Beyond Blogging workshop at YIS earlier this month with Jabiz. Trust me that I get the irony that blogging has fallen to the bottom of my to-do list too many … Continue reading

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Visible Thinking: Not Just for Little Kids

I’m thrilled this year to be teaching DP History again. It’s been a while (my entire time at YIS) and I’ve missed it. But in my years focusing on MYP and middle school, I’ve picked up some new teaching strategies … Continue reading

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Trailblazers: iPads and 7th Graders

My school has gone 2:1. Two devices, one student. Grade 7 students are now walking around with iPad minis in addition to their MacBook Airs. As any avowed Apple-Fangirl, I’ve been excited about this development. But as a teacher, I’ve … Continue reading

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The Simple Flip

I finally found a sensible and easy way to use video of me talking that my kids can watch again and again until they get it*.  I’ve flipped the rubric. In MYP the rubrics for students can be complicated. And … Continue reading

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Empathy and a 7th Grade History Class

This post is part of my Professional Growth Plan documentation on how I’m using Design Thinking in my classroom One Grade 7 assignment I have done the past few years is a trial set during the Industrial Revolution, where students … Continue reading

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