Passion Quotient (PQ) and Curiosity Quotient (CQ)
As a school administrator, I understand the importance of bringing PQ and CQ into my work. Here is how I strive to achieve these aims:
I am passionate about incorporating pedagogical documentation into teaching and learning practices in our school. As a way of making children's learning visible, I explore different ways documentation can be carried out, including through the use of class blogs:
As a means of giving true purpose to education, I am curious about how service learning in schools can lead to individual and social transformation. This is evidenced by recent discussions amongst our school leadership team to begin implementing a service learning program in the lower elementary years.
Technology in the early years
I am passionate about changing mindsets on the role of technology in early childhood education. As opposed to a potential threat or distraction to young children, I view technology as a powerful means of improving teaching and learning practices in the early years. My CEP coursework has certainly increased my interest in finding ways to address this challenge.
I am curious to learn how design thinking for children can lead to creativity, innovation, problem-solving and problem-finding skills. I am especially interested to discover how such programs allow children to solve real world problems and create better futures for all of us.
Networking and workshops
Using technologies to instill passion and curiosity
Connecting my colleagues to an expanding Professional Learning Network is one of the ways I instill passion and curiosity in others. Here are some of the technology tools I have begun to introduce to my colleagues to achieve this purpose:
- WordPress class blogs (set-up and implementation)
- Social media (e.g. Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, etc.)
- iPad educational apps
- Google Apps for Education (deployment and PD)
(2013). Kid President - How To Change The World (a work in progress) [Online video]. SoulPancake. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z7gDsSKUmU
(2015). The Global Children's Designathon [Online video]. Design aThon. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLg5UGkDZ-U
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Herold, B. (2015, January 7). What Good Technology Use Looks Like in the Early Years. Education Week. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2015/what-good-technol...
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