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

Tips to ace your job interview- and my interview story too!

I had always known that I wanted two children that were closer in age. I was also eager to be a central part of their formative years, so I opted to take a five-year sabbatical from teaching to have my boys. Although I had them sixteen months apart, I waited for my youngest to be… Continue reading Tips to ace your job interview- and my interview story too!

Listen to your heart- physical and emotional fitness for professionals

The education sector is a fast-paced, ever-changing industry that can be grueling for a lot of teachers. When I log onto Twitter, I often see posts requesting recommendations for comfortable shoes as teachers walk over ten thousand steps on average every day. Rants on frustrations associated with teaching are commonplace, and anxiety plagues career trajectories… Continue reading Listen to your heart- physical and emotional fitness for professionals

Nature vs. Nurture- Staying motivated as a teacher

The nature vs nurture debate An age-old conundrum, most individuals would be familiar with the epic battle between nature and nurture. Is a person’s personality founded because of unavoidable genetics or because of life-changing events? Scientists have minutely examined the lifetimes of famous people such as Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, and more in the hopes… Continue reading Nature vs. Nurture- Staying motivated as a teacher

Bald is Beautiful-a book review for a cause

I am constantly reminded of the adversities we have encountered during the last year and a half. As adults, we managed as best we could. The children, however, are another matter entirely. At the very least, they have discovered how to survive and thrive. At the worst, they have been sealed off from the rest… Continue reading Bald is Beautiful-a book review for a cause

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

Sketch noting for classrooms-a creative stress buster

An artistic form of notetaking, sketch notes have taken the adult world by storm. There was a time when I would scroll through Twitter and spot two or more posts exhibiting magnificent sketch notes for professional development sessions or workshops. I found myself scrutinizing each arrow and stick figure, moving from one section to the next, in… Continue reading Sketch noting for classrooms-a creative stress buster

The Teacher Diaries- Taking teaching too literally

“Once upon a time I decided to teach,  Dreams of gifting wisdom to every and each,  It was only once I had given it time,  That I realized it wasn’t me but the students who shine.” The problem During my early days of teaching, I would charge into the classroom with all the vigour I… Continue reading The Teacher Diaries- Taking teaching too literally

SEL activities for the end of the school year

As the first year of virtual school is ending, I can feel my third graders experiencing a sense of anxiety rather than the typical excitement at the prospect of being promoted to the subsequent grade. They have grasped that their aspirations of school moving back to campus are an impossibility and that they will be… Continue reading SEL activities for the end of the school year