Author Archives: Jina Belnick

About Jina Belnick

I am a full time learner - tumbling head first into education and joining my learners on the amazing adventures that we encounter daily at our PYP school in Melbourne, Australia.I am currently working in learning support, feeling the waters and seeing how teachers and learners are best supported, I am a listener and a leader, an inquirer and a follower. I'm loving the ride!

Thank you, Dear Teacher …

Dear Teacher, Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. For considering who I am. Where I come from and why I seek attention. Thank you for giving me the extra time I need to think before … Continue reading

Posted in Jina, Learning, learning support | 3 Comments

Documenting small group learning

Selecting children to be part of a withdrawal maths group was a process. As a rule, I am not in favour of withdrawing children to “support” or “enhance” their learning. However, sometimes, rules need to be broken. The group of … Continue reading

Posted in Jina, Learning, learning support, maths, Number sense, ownership, PYP | Leave a comment

Shifting from teacher to learner …

Extracting “big ideas” is the key – how can we apply what we learn to other things? I spent a week out of my teaching role, in the role of the student learner for a week. Much of what I … Continue reading

Posted in Jina, Learning, learning support, Thinking | 1 Comment

New maths assessment required

Formal assessment for the sake of collecting data makes no sense to me. I am opposed to anything that is the cause of unnecessary stress and anxiety to learners; generates extra work for teachers and does nothing to inform learning … Continue reading

Posted in Jina, learning support, maths, Number sense, ownership | 3 Comments


At a recent IB Conference, Jayne Pletser leaves me with these profound words, “Honour the child”. Which leads me to ponder, what, at the end of the lesson/ day/ week/ term/ school year do we do to honour the child? … Continue reading

Posted in Jina, learning support, ownership | Leave a comment

What makes an inquiry class different from all others?

Sometimes, I need a reminder. What is it that sets an inquiry learning environment apart from all others? Provocation is crucial. Invitations are shared at the start of lessons – something to make everyone think. Sometimes the link is obvious. … Continue reading

Posted in Inquiry, Jina, Learning, PYP | Leave a comment

#Innovator’s Mindset

I share this video with a group of Year 6 learners, who are planning their own student-led workshops for our #Passionsmatter Conference – a conference for students, by students.   After watching, the students share their “big takeaway” from the video. … Continue reading

Posted in Jina | Tagged | 2 Comments