Welcome to all things curriculum in Elementary School, at ISP!
My name is Joel Bevans and I am the new Curriculum Coordinator. I am originally from the United Kingdom being born in Leicester, studied in Newcastle and taught in schools in London. When I left London I moved to Luxembourg where I worked for six years before our move to Panama. I am really excited to be in Panama and have the opportunity to guide and support the teaching and learning, in the Elementary School.
I am excited to be here to work with the teachers for the benefit of student learning every single day. The research-based curriculum is already thriving in the Elementary School with students creating, critically thinking and making connections in their learning. The holistic approach supports all learners and teachers skillfully differentiate to the needs of each individual. Excitingly this year we are implementing a new writing initiative called Writers Workshop in all classes from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
I studied Early Years Primary Education for my bachelors degree, but have taught all grades during my teaching career. I recently completed my Masters in Education through SUNY Buffalo State. I am lucky enough to be an online coach for Harvard’s Project Zero, currently working with schools around the world in helping them Create Cultures of Thinking in their classrooms and schools. I am passionate about school being a place where learning is fun, engaging and active. Schools should be a place where teachers are creating opportunities for students to think deeply through questioning and inquiry. It is our responsibility as educators to create an environment where students can take risks in their learning and be given choices in how and what they share their understanding.
I think that technology is a tool that schools can use to transform learning and I see huge value in students using it to create, connect, collaborate, critically think and communicate their thinking with others. This gives students understanding and empathy about others in the world that we live. I created a Global Storytelling Project, Travelling Tales, which has connected over 400 classrooms together from more than 30 different countries.
I moved to Panama with my family. My wife and three daughters who are aged 6, 4 and 3. We are loving the outside lifestyle in Panama and we are doing our best to explore all the wonderful opportunities that living in Panama allows!
I hope to get to know you further as the year progresses during parent coffee mornings or parent workshops. Please let me know if I can help and support you in anyway throughout the year.