Coconut Thought Pieces and Experiments

Kindness is a Pillar of Leadership

Kindness is a Pillar of Leadership

Some time ago, I made a conscious decision to sign off all of my emails with Kindest, Charlotte. Not, Best Regards, Best, Sincerely or Yours, but a salutation that intentionally affirms the type of collaborator and leader I aspire to be. I hope this small step communicates to all those with whom I exchange messages [...]

Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead

Last summer, I embarked on a European train expedition spanning 11 countries in 8 weeks with my husband and two children. We all stopped on our backpacks along with an adventurous spirit, our inter-rail train passes, and expert knowledge of Trip Advisor. Reactions from family and friends ranged from, ‘You must be mad!’ to ‘Wow, [...]

History as Reverse Chronology

I am not naive enough to believe this will be easy, but maybe if we just throw the idea out there we can start something that will change the way we think and do things. Also, this may be more problematic with Early Years and lower grades. Americans will probably remember a specific Seinfeld episode [...]

Learning Through Experiences

How do we learn? For Confucious, the explanation was simple: I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. The simplicity and relevance of Confucious’ words still resonate in learning environments around the world, particularly in the context of education for the under 16s. The process of ‘learning through [...]

Co-Curricular Activities Should Inform Classroom Experiences and Learning

Co-Curricular Activities Should Inform Classroom Experiences and Learning

Over the last hundred and twenty years, not much has changed inhow most schools organize their co-curricular or after school activities. Traditionally these programs offer students the chance to participate in sports, learn to play an instrument, or be part of a club that gathers like-minded or interested peers. These activities offer wonderful opportunities for [...]

When the Time is Right

Living in Hong Kong provides many opportunities and conveniences. Cycling on the island is not always one of them. In the early hours of weekend mornings one can spot groups of riders on the road in tight formations climbing hills before zipping down their slopes, but the narrow roads and even faster drivers make this [...]

Experiential and Project-Based Learning Case Study

Experiential and Project-Based Learning Case Study

Students engineer an Escape Room in which they will lock up their parents. Learning happens most effectively when it is meaningful. The freedom to decide what and how one learns allows for the creation of a learning experience that becomes personal and therefore has greater impact. Students can imagine what and how they want to [...]

Personalization

Note: We are not sure we even like the term "personalization" as it can put the learner in a passive position if someone else "personalizes" their experience. If deep understanding only happens when it is personally relevant, no one can personalize an experience, but rather, the learner must find personal meaning in that experience herself. [...]

Reporting and Planning to Meet Individual Needs

We tried something that we hope is innovative to meet learners where they are and where they need to be (including their voices). We tried something that aims to change the way we approach learning and assessment. This something also shifts thinking in terms of how reports communicate: instead of only looking backward, we made [...]

Just in Time Learning

Our idea of what the 21st century classroom looks like is different from what most of us experienced a few decades ago. The physical space can be reconfigured to meet the different needs individual and collaborative projects. Digital devices are used in ways that transform experiences. Learners are actively engaged rather than passively receiving information. [...]

What inquiry is not and what maybe it is

The word “Inquiry” is used in education all the time, whether in marketing brochures, school mission statements, or curricular plans. Most people in the sector will agree that an inquiry-based approach comprises of some form of central question and is designed to promote student exploration and curiosity, with the majority of the learning coming not [...]