Most educators are acquainted with Maslow’s Pyramid- a hierarchical structure that designates importance to our needs so that we can survive and thrive. Our physical needs establish the foundation of the design, while our psychological and motivational needs form the apex. I have taught third graders about wants and needs through this pyramid but have… Continue reading Reimagining Maslow’s pyramid for the 21st century
All of us need positive reinforcement from time to time. Affirmations can be understood as true statements, and positive affirmations are the uplifting phrases that assist us in dispelling negativity. As we traverse the challenges life puts before us, we must give ourselves these affirmations frequently and encourage our students to do the same. This… Continue reading The Affirmation Tree-A SEL VTR
I had always known that I wanted two children that were closer in age. I was also eager to be a central part of their formative years, so I opted to take a five-year sabbatical from teaching to have my boys. Although I had them sixteen months apart, I waited for my youngest to be… Continue reading Tips to ace your job interview- and my interview story too!
The education sector is a fast-paced, ever-changing industry that can be grueling for a lot of teachers. When I log onto Twitter, I often see posts requesting recommendations for comfortable shoes as teachers walk over ten thousand steps on average every day. Rants on frustrations associated with teaching are commonplace, and anxiety plagues career trajectories… Continue reading Listen to your heart- physical and emotional fitness for professionals
I can already imagine the raised eyebrows at the title of this post. Our curriculum aims to spur on student action to better our planet. Yet, I found myself transformed while teaching my eager third graders! ‘Student Action’ is a massive part of our program. We expect to create changemakers and barrier breakers that can… Continue reading Teacher action-How a robust curriculum inspired me to change the world
The nature vs nurture debate An age-old conundrum, most individuals would be familiar with the epic battle between nature and nurture. Is a person’s personality founded because of unavoidable genetics or because of life-changing events? Scientists have minutely examined the lifetimes of famous people such as Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, and more in the hopes… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture- Staying motivated as a teacher
Since I work at a Microsoft showcase school, tech is imbedded in all teachers. We consistently hunt down new apps and tech tools to push students to challenge themselves. Most schools that utilize tech would be familiar with tools such as Padlet, Coggle, Mindmeister, Miro, and more. However, there is one tool that towers above… Continue reading Tech Thursday-Wakelet for educators
I am constantly reminded of the adversities we have encountered during the last year and a half. As adults, we managed as best we could. The children, however, are another matter entirely. At the very least, they have discovered how to survive and thrive. At the worst, they have been sealed off from the rest… Continue reading Bald is Beautiful-a book review for a cause
Whether at the start of a school year or when embarking on a new task with your students, it is crucial to pinpoint learning objectives and success criteria. In the International Baccalaureate, we focus on working backwards, getting underway by envisioning outcomes to ultimately planning activities that will support us in achieving our objectives. For… Continue reading SMART Goals-A graphic organizer to set measurable goals and achieve success
Before we embark on a new unit or concept in our learning spaces, it is imperative to evaluate our student’s knowledge of the subject. Checking in with their current information is a terrific way to recognize where to initiate teaching and learning. You may have to start explaining the basics or may be able to… Continue reading WHAT- A VTR to identify relevant questions and guide inquiry
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