An ode to VTRs- a poem to say ‘thank you’

VTRs are ‘visible thinking routines’ that make the inquiry process visual and structured. These are widely used in my classroom and have resulted in many successful breakthroughs among my students. VTRs deserve a spotlight in the world of education, and so the following poem was penned by me as a virtual thank you. An ode… Continue reading An ode to VTRs- a poem to say ‘thank you’

The Hexagonal Strategy- building connections and collaboration in a classroom

In today’s era of schooling, education is not only about facilitating the flow of information but is also about urging students to think for themselves. Structuring their work, handling their time fittingly and developing connections with their peers are skills that will drive them to be successful all through their lives. To guide the students… Continue reading The Hexagonal Strategy- building connections and collaboration in a classroom

Constructivism in language learning

The word ‘inquiry’ brings up visions of minds teetering on the verge of discoveries and explorations full of questions waiting to be answered. The inquiry method is a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate and propels learners to venture from the known to new horizons. The content taught in an IB school closely resembles other institutions… Continue reading Constructivism in language learning

A newcomers introduction to student agency

I believe in the principles of IB education which include progressive ideas of student agency, action, and a mission to create global citizens of the future. I endorsed the IB methodology for my own children, so when presented with the fortuitous chance to work in an IB school I immediately grabbed the opportunity. However, my… Continue reading A newcomers introduction to student agency