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:

Documentation

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:

Service learning

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.

Design thinking

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

I am passionate about increasing my opportunities to learn, grow, network and collaborate with like-minded educators. This is evidenced by my recent participation in regional workshops such as Learning2 Asia: Empowering Community and iTeach PD: Google in the Classroom.

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)

References:

(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

Balen, J. [jacbalen]. (2014, October 26). A Pedagogical Documentation perspective RT @langwitches: Documenting FOR Learning http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/07/01/documenting-for-learning/ …#ossemooc [Tweet]. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from https://twitter.com/jacbalen/status/52617507085971...

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...

Robertson, N. D. [NikkiDRobertson]. (2015, March 1). From @TheRealNimoy to my amazing #PLN. Thank you! #tlchat #edchat #aledchat [Tweet]. Retrieved March 4, 2015, from http://twitter.com/NikkiDRobertson/status/57173039...

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