The Affirmation Tree-A SEL VTR

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

Teacher action-How a robust curriculum inspired me to change the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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