Maximizing Student Agency- learners plan their own unit in my classroom

Many philosophers have propounded that learning comes naturally. A baby naturally imitates his environment, and we glean wisdom from each of our experiences. Upon reflection as an educator, I have concluded that every child certainly learns from the environment and by being taught, but the quality of knowledge absorbed can vary. Young one’s minds are… Continue reading Maximizing Student Agency- learners plan their own unit in my classroom

The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID

It’s been more than a year since we shifted to our virtual platform on Teams. Learners have acclimated to technology like fish to water, and it is sometimes educators who must keep stride with their hunger for new tech tools. We experienced a sense of satisfaction when we could persist with lessons online and believed… Continue reading The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID

Building grit in the next generation

The word ‘grit’ always made me think of grit in my mouth, something unknown, unwanted. You can be in the middle of your favourite meal and suddenly, bam! A stone agitates its way through your teeth, setting every nerve on end and ruining the rest of your dining experience. It took many years of being… Continue reading Building grit in the next generation

Are EdX courses worth it?

If you are a devoted employee or leader, the chances are that you have commenced a time-consuming search for online courses for professional development. As the pandemic ebbs and flows, we are restricted to our four walls to mull over how unpredictable life is. As an educator, I felt trapped within a cage of quiet… Continue reading Are EdX courses worth it?

EdTech-The monster under your bed

You march across the hallway and lay down on your cozy bed, thankful that the day is over. The solace of the pillow beneath your head reminds you that you have had a challenging day and need to take breaks more often. As you start to drift away, something pesters you beneath the facade. A… Continue reading EdTech-The monster under your bed

Inquiry in a virtual classroom

The inquiry method is designed for learners to develop their individual interests while reinforcing that there is never a single ‘correct’ answer. Individual differences are celebrated in this pedagogy and children are inspired to build on what they know and venture forth into the unknown courageously. When a child uncovers a new nugget of information,… Continue reading Inquiry in a virtual classroom

Three activities that introduce students to digital citizenship

Since the education sector shifted to the virtual realm a year and a half ago, children who would otherwise have never had so much time online have become expert technicians. They operate their learning platforms smoothly and have become well versed with the internet and how to traverse technology. Our young learners have become speedy… Continue reading Three activities that introduce students to digital citizenship

Approaches to Teaching- a guide to ‘virtual’ success

When we graduated into an online teaching model amidst the COVID outbreak, educators all around the globe upscaled themselves and were the pioneers of a contemporary era of education. Facilitators began to innovate and find state-of-the-art techniques to capture the attention of their students in the virtual classroom. As the dust began to settle and… Continue reading Approaches to Teaching- a guide to ‘virtual’ success

Student Agency- Learners create their own assessment tools

When I first commenced working at a school that followed the International Baccalaureate, I don’t think that I grasped the depths of methods to encourage student learning. I came from a traditional school background and had no idea about the latest in technology as well as student voice and choice. Looking back now, I wonder… Continue reading Student Agency- Learners create their own assessment tools

‘Catering’ to diversity in a classroom

While perusing through social media platforms I came across a tweet that asked us to share inclusion tactics in their thread. I ventured forth ideas on how we cater to diversity in my school such as celebrating a variety of festivals and occasions such as International Mother Language Day. I was surprised to see a… Continue reading ‘Catering’ to diversity in a classroom

SEL activities for the end of the school year

As the first year of virtual school is ending, I can feel my third graders experiencing a sense of anxiety rather than the typical excitement at the prospect of being promoted to the subsequent grade. They have grasped that their aspirations of school moving back to campus are an impossibility and that they will be… Continue reading SEL activities for the end of the school year

The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions

Most educators (especially those teaching in the PYP) will face challenges when inviting their learners to ask questions that will advance their inquiry journey. I have oftentimes pondered how to steer the young ones in my class towards questions that are not only important to the central idea but are relevant to their lives and… Continue reading The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions