Reimagining Maslow’s pyramid for the 21st century

Most educators are acquainted with Maslow’s Pyramid- a hierarchical structure that designates importance to our needs so that we can survive and thrive. Our physical needs establish the foundation of the design, while our psychological and motivational needs form the apex. I have taught third graders about wants and needs through this pyramid but have… Continue reading Reimagining Maslow’s pyramid for the 21st century

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

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

EdTech-The monster under your bed

You march across the hallway and lay down on your cozy bed, thankful that the day is over. The solace of the pillow beneath your head reminds you that you have had a challenging day and need to take breaks more often. As you start to drift away, something pesters you beneath the facade. A… Continue reading EdTech-The monster under your bed

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

The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID

It’s been more than a year since we shifted to our virtual platform on Teams. Learners have acclimated to technology like fish to water, and it is sometimes educators who must keep stride with their hunger for new tech tools. We experienced a sense of satisfaction when we could persist with lessons online and believed… Continue reading The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID

The importance of play

Global play day just went by on the 3rd of February, much to the teachers’ and students’ delight. When I enrolled my boys into their first ‘big kids school’ in Gurgaon, they ended up joining on Global Play Day unbeknownst to us. They were in pre-nursery and kindergarten, so the stress of having the little… Continue reading The importance of play