About Jessica

Welcome to my blog. I’m an educator and I blog about my practice, my thoughts, my philosophy and anything education-related.

Currently I’m teaching English (EAL) and Math at a German high school (Hauptschule), working with grades 5, 7, 8 and 9.

Previously I was:

A SEN/Special Ed teacher, teaching Grade 5/6 and English in Grades 8 and 10 in the German State System.

Teaching at a state primary school in Essen, Germany, responsible for English in Grades 2 and 3, and supporting in Grade 1.

A PYP  (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme) teacher at an the International School of Modena in Italy, where I taught Grade 3.
A PYP teacher and PYP coordinator at Westminster International School in Pisa, Italy, where I taught Grade 2/3, and Grade 3/4.
A primary, English and Maths subject teacher and Middle School coordinator at KLAX school in Berlin.

My professional interests currently revolve around inquiry-based teaching and learning, educational technology and curriculum development. My degree in Learning, Technology and Research has sparked a further interest in professional development and action inquiry, as well as eLearning and eEducation.
As of October 2011, I’m a student at the University of Essen, where I will be working towards my teaching certification for the state of Northrhine Westphalia, Germany.

Personally I love to spend time with the people I care about, travel, read, sit in the sun, make music, be creative as much as I can, learn, and try out all sorts of new tech tools.

If you like my blog, or if you have a comment, provocation or anything else to say, please feel free to comment. You can also follow me on Twitter @discomfortzone


10 thoughts on “About Jessica

  1. Hi jessica

    while going thru the forums I got to know about your blog and now when I’m giving my children company while they are studying (it’s 10.00 pm here in ahmedabad) curiousity got the better of me and wow i could remember ur blog’s name and here i am.

    have read some entries and will surely be reading more and definetely will leave comments. Just wanted to catch u with you for this time. will get back to soon about the exchange prog.
    jaya kad

      • hi

        lets work out how we want to collaborate. I am relatively very new to Ib so suggestions from you regarding this would be very welcome.

      • Are you teaching a class? Is that how you want to collaborate? Why don’t we discuss this on Skype or in an email.

  2. Hi again

    as i mentioned earlier in the forums we also have our auth visit in oct. Can we share our recomm and try to find some common points where we can jointly search strategies. We can do this through emails.

    let me know!!

  3. hi
    I’lll surely mail u regarding the matters we discussed. yes we have had our pre auth and surely we can share our reports.


  4. Hi Jessica,

    I really like your blog, and it is very informative with regard to the PYP.

    Would it be ok to use some of your text material from this blog to inform teachers in my PLN?

    Kind regards,


  5. Hi Jessica

    I’ve been following your posts on the various PYP sites and thought you would be the person to speak to. You seem to have a never-ending thought stream on all things PYP so hopefully we can share some ideas and you can help me sort some ideas out in my head.

    I’m the PYP coordinator at a small school in Norway, having previously taught in British curric. schools and for the past 3 years in this PYP school. We recently reviewed our PoI. We implemented most of the new sample PoI in 2007 and a few weeks ago had a planning day where we looked at the vertical and horizontal alignment. We did it ‘blind’ so to speak, in that we had all the units cut up and we had to decide the best place to put them both horizontally and vertically. Most staff at the school are new to both the school and the IB so it was a good activity in getting everyone familiar with all the units and look at the transdiscip. themes and also the vertical progression.

    What the exercise highlighted was that from that ‘blind’ activity, some of our units are a) not in the same transdisc. theme as before, and b) not in the same year group as before. We actually had fewer differences than we thought, but the question now is where do we go from here? some staff don’t want to implement any changes (too much work for them) and others are not worried about the changes. I should add that we have only one class per year group… What we are looking at now in slightly greater detail is the vertical changes that our exercise threw up – are these changes better than what we currently have, is there progression?

    I’d be really interested in your thoughts and if you have any questions, please let me know…

    Best regards,

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