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

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