Tech Thursday-Wakelet for educators

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

SMART Goals-A graphic organizer to set measurable goals and achieve success

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

WHAT- A VTR to identify relevant questions and guide inquiry

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

Back to School-Cultivating new values and expectations

In countries such as India, the pandemic rages on while mass vaccination camps safeguard a giant populace that would not be able to access lifesaving amenities. In other parts of the world, individuals are ditching masks and experiencing the joy of human interaction again. Schools across the globe are altering paradigms and thought processes as… Continue reading Back to School-Cultivating new values and expectations

Sketch noting for classrooms-a creative stress buster

An artistic form of notetaking, sketch notes have taken the adult world by storm. There was a time when I would scroll through Twitter and spot two or more posts exhibiting magnificent sketch notes for professional development sessions or workshops. I found myself scrutinizing each arrow and stick figure, moving from one section to the next, in… Continue reading Sketch noting for classrooms-a creative stress buster

Getting organized- A review of Evernote for educators and professionals

Since I am a thorough tech junkie, when I find a tool that excites me, I feel an impulse to share it with the world. This app is close to my heart as it brings us closer to sustainability and green practices that we can implement in our daily lives. Evernote has not only improved… Continue reading Getting organized- A review of Evernote for educators and professionals

New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

Inquiry can be the easiest thing to do in a classroom or the toughest. It always hinges on the classroom ethos and the involvement of the learners in their own learning journey. These visible thinking routines can be used over the course of a day or two to chalk out the inquiry path of a… Continue reading New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

The Teacher Diaries- Taking teaching too literally

“Once upon a time I decided to teach,  Dreams of gifting wisdom to every and each,  It was only once I had given it time,  That I realized it wasn’t me but the students who shine.” The problem During my early days of teaching, I would charge into the classroom with all the vigour I… Continue reading The Teacher Diaries- Taking teaching too literally

Tech for creativity rather than replication

I have always been an advocate for technology in the classroom, and Covid 19 pushed educators into a space that tested the most knowledgeable teacher’s resolve. Treading the waters of the virtual world and ensuring that our students understood the privileges and pitfalls of technology was of utmost importance. We trained and encouraged them, their… Continue reading Tech for creativity rather than replication

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?