My third graders are just learning about research work. In the International Baccalaureate, we teach ‘research skills’ to young students, apprising them about primary and secondary sources, academic integrity, and so on. The novelty of research work never wears off on young learners, and research tasks are greeted with massive hurrahs. However, whenever I gave… Continue reading Differentiation in research work for young students
I became acquainted with the term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ recently. It made the jigsaw puzzle of my underconfidence fit together perfectly. On the outside, I seem like a driven, passionate individual taking on the world. Although on the inside, I felt like a fraud for many years. I wondered why so many opportunities came my way.… Continue reading The teacher diaries- Imposter Syndrome- Are you an imposter in your own life?
Guest blog by Preeti Gangwani This was one of the most inspiring lessons in my entire teaching experience.The world feels that our work is mundane. People wonder how a teacher can teach the same concept year after year. I take pride when I say I’ve been lucky to spend the last seven years as a… Continue reading Pandora’s Box-Redefining self image in our classrooms
Groupwork and collaboration are the need of the hour for the next generation. To be able to work in a team, express yourself clearly, and understand different perspectives- I consider these life skills. Life skills may seem basic, and I’ve heard people scoff at the need to teach life skills! However, I can see that… Continue reading The Placemat Strategy- connecting to the TD theme
What is a wellbeing VTR? VTR stands for visible thinking routine. They help to make a person’s inner thoughts visible and clear to a third person. You may find a lot of visible thinking routines on the internet related to academics that encourage students to organize and structure their thoughts on a particular topic. However,… Continue reading Enter my mind- A VTR for well being and trust
This blog doesn’t stem from my experience as an educator. I find that students do whatever they can to endear themselves to their teacher, so reading isn’t an issue in my classroom. But when I made my way home, I was confronted by two little boys who abhorred reading. They refused to touch books, preferred… Continue reading Tips to get your kids to read this summer
A dreaded chore in most classrooms, creating a fresh display board that exhibits student’s work effectively is a herculean task for most. A time and labour-intensive job, most teachers struggle to create a board that not only showcases student work samples but also demonstrate conceptual understanding on paper. I remember my first year as a… Continue reading Creating a learner-driven display board
There was a time when teachers were considered akin to God. Yet, in today’s day and age, it is regrettable that this noble profession has been adversely affected by the growing capitalization of the education sector. Today, teachers feel sidelined. There is a disagreeable shift in attitude, especially as teachers are expected to take on… Continue reading Guest blog by Dr. Deepti Gupta- A Siege Within
Teaching is a challenging job, especially in these changing times. Many years of teaching have enabled educators to have a special bond with students. We have to do it again from scratch in the post-pandemic world. All said and done; online classes didn’t do justice to students’ drive and creativity. Being away from school, they… Continue reading Guest blog-Reaching out to students again
The day we were all waiting for finally came. Hybrid learning became a piece of our past rather than our present or future. All of the teachers did a merry jig when we heard the news. There were sighs of relief, cries of “Finally!” echoing through the halls. The last two years have certainly taken… Continue reading The teacher diaries- Do I want to teach on-campus again?