Slaves to data- How figures and numbers are affecting the way we teach

When I became a facilitator in an international school several years ago, I was floored to learn about innovative practices in the education industry. The comparison between my own schooling and today’s classrooms was stark. I still remember my coordinator telling me that if she entered my classroom and couldn’t see me amongst my students’… Continue reading Slaves to data- How figures and numbers are affecting the way we teach

Guest post-Dance Photography: Dialogues, Discoveries and Dance

In the Middle Year Programme, our aim is to inspire young learner’s imaginations through the arts, challenge perceptions, and expand creative and analytical skills. Dance within the MYP framework is envisaged as an artistic, aesthetic, cultural, and physical subject. Through the unit ‘Evolution of dance to connect, express and heal’, the students experienced the concept… Continue reading Guest post-Dance Photography: Dialogues, Discoveries and Dance

Guest post – Creativity in education

The essence of creativity “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” said Albert Einstein. The last few decades have seen many ground-breaking approaches in education. Many programmes have been initiated and established to break the stereotypes in learning and teaching practices. However, one of the most noteworthy features of an evolving educational model is the relevance and… Continue reading Guest post – Creativity in education

Tech Thursday- Microsoft Teams Reading Progress/Assessment

I love that Microsoft Teams continually innovates for the betterment of the next generation. One of the new features that I have adore is their ‘Reading Progress’, which can give great insight into your students’ reading skills. Creating a reading progress assignment Go to your Team and access assignments. Name your assignment and select the… Continue reading Tech Thursday- Microsoft Teams Reading Progress/Assessment

Parental involvement- How much is too much in hybrid/online schooling?

Educators and students have been vigorously involved in the reasonably new schooling system followed worldwide- the hybrid/online model. As cases surge, many schools are reverting from an on-campus model to the lesser preferred, albeit safer, education style of learning in the comfort of your own home. While learners and teachers navigate online learning platforms, a… Continue reading Parental involvement- How much is too much in hybrid/online schooling?

Fairy tales and Disney during the early years- dangerous or dreamy?

As a child, I remember being glued to the screen watching Disney classics. I swooned when prince charming kissed the damsel in distress and cheered on the vehement thwarting of evil. I cried inconsolably when parents were invariably bopped off mid-movie. Finally, I remember the exhalation of satisfaction when the movie was over, only to… Continue reading Fairy tales and Disney during the early years- dangerous or dreamy?

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