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

Getting organized- A review of Evernote for educators and professionals

Since I am a thorough tech junkie, when I find a tool that excites me, I feel an impulse to share it with the world. This app is close to my heart as it brings us closer to sustainability and green practices that we can implement in our daily lives. Evernote has not only improved… Continue reading Getting organized- A review of Evernote for educators and professionals

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

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

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

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

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

Learning and teaching during pandemic times

I have always been enthralled by the principles of an IB education which include progressive ideas of student agency, action and a mission to create global citizens of the future. Unfortunately, before the school year began in 2020, we were thrown into the unchartered waters of a historic pandemic. As educators, the immediate challenge was… Continue reading Learning and teaching during pandemic times