COETAIL, Course 5

#COETAIL…never quite over!

Well…my video is done! But the Art/Design unit isn’t quite finished. We’ll be finishing up in about 2 weeks so stay tuned for more from me!

It really hit me yesterday that 1.5 years, 15 credits and a graduate certificate are over. WOW how time has flown! What I love about COETAIL is that it’s never truly over. I’ve learned a lot and ‘met’ a lot of new people…neither of which I will forget. I’m excited for the next part of the COETAIL journey! See you around πŸ˜‰


12 thoughts on “#COETAIL…never quite over!”

  1. Lissa,
    I love your project. I can’t wait to see the products.

    Thanks for the “shout-out” in your video. I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with you throughout COETAIL. You’ve inspired me and given me ideas and new perspectives on a lot of things. You have been great about communicating and collaborating throughout all the courses.

    I have a question for you – are you going to maintain this blog after COETAIL is over? I really like having a public blog to reflect/share professionally, I’ve always reflected privately (or on unit planner documents shared internally at school), but sharing it publicly has had so many benefits. I don’t know if I’m going to keep updating my COETAIL blog as a “lifetime COETAILer” or if I’m going to export it to something more branded as me. What are you thinking about?

    I’ll look forward to seeing your kids’ photographs. Let me know if they want any student feedback and we can connect our kids.

    Have a great end to the year and a great summer!


    1. Hi Julie!

      I’ve loved “working” with you during COETAIL! I most likely won’t be doing as much with Design next year but I started Next Chapter training last week and I definitely want to stay in touch!

      Thank you for all the encouragement! The students should be finishing Design this week and starting to Plan/Create…it’s been a LONG Investigate so I’m excited to see what they create! I’ll definitely share…that’d be great if our students could connect! When is school done for you?

      I’ll probably be transitioning back to my other blog. I’ve loved blogging for reflection and documenting what I’m doing. I’ll probably cross-post here occasionally πŸ™‚ You should most definitely keep blogging! It looks like your blog has already morphed into so much more than just a COETAIL blog! I use wordpress for my other blog as well but I do like the added control I have when it’s my own account (and the access to stats, etc).



  2. Hi Lissa,

    first of all: Congrats to finishing course 5 and the whole course!

    I’m not so familiar with the MYP Design Cycle therefore thanks for some informations about that! πŸ˜‰ I love that you integrated technology in a very authentic way and for very authentic problems. The students will understand the concept of a campaign and they will be able to transfer their knowledge to a different context. They got the chance to create something which people in the “real” world do. Great that you could get connected to some experts and that the students got the chance to communicate with them! We are surrounded by campaigns and they are a form of action. It couldn’t have been more authentic! Love it.
    Let’s not stop blogging! πŸ˜‰ Take care. Verena


  3. Creative project Lissa. Like the focus on the design cycle and how that is the foundation of what you are doing. Also really like the positive and negative choice in scenarios. Giving options allows for students to follow interests and then excellent comparison later in the project.

    Well done!



    1. Thank you Ian! I couldn’t choose what I wanted students to focus on…so I let them! I’m excited to get some reflections on the unit from them πŸ™‚


  4. Hey Lissa, it’s really great to see that you designed the unit with the MYP new chapter design cycle. It gives you the opportunity to reflect (as was evident in the video) about the unit and the ability to align the assessment and adjust the lesson to make it more appropriate for your year 7 students in the future.


    1. Hi Claudelle! We only used the Next Chapter unit planner but stuck to the current Design Cycle Criteria. I’m currently in Next Chapter training for Design and I’m excited to play with the unit for next year. I really think this unit could be done at any level of the MYP…I’d be really interested to see what grade 10 students would do with it!


  5. Lissa,

    Really nice job! I like how you worked with the students to combine a timely issue with social media, timely tools. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see your follow up post! And don’t worry about asking “too much” of your Year 7 students. I think we too regularly ask too little, so it’s good to push them to stretch.

    Looking forward to following your blog.



    1. Thank you for the encouragement Katy!

      I still haven’t gotten around to the follow-up post…busy end of the year! Hopefully the next couple weeks will allow me to get caught up.


  6. Thanks Lissa!

    It’s great to see how your unit developed from your first initial ideas. It sounds like the students were working with real life problems and how photography/media could address those problems (problem-based learning). This must have been incredibly motivating for them. How wonderful they were able to talk to “art experts” in the field through G+ hangouts and tumblr.

    I enjoyed learning about the MYP Design Cycle, too.

    Have a great summer break.


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