Slaves to data- How figures and numbers are affecting the way we teach

When I became a facilitator in an international school several years ago, I was floored to learn about innovative practices in the education industry. The comparison between my own schooling and today’s classrooms was stark. I still remember my coordinator telling me that if she entered my classroom and couldn’t see me amongst my students’… Continue reading Slaves to data- How figures and numbers are affecting the way we teach

Willing your way to being a better teacher

As I heard her talk, I started pondering what she intended to say. Don’t we reap the rewards every day in the smiles of our students? Is the triumph of a learner breakthrough not enough to be classified as a win in our books? I had always believed so. I commenced scrutinizing my teaching career… Continue reading Willing your way to being a better teacher

Guest post – Creativity in education

The essence of creativity “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” said Albert Einstein. The last few decades have seen many ground-breaking approaches in education. Many programmes have been initiated and established to break the stereotypes in learning and teaching practices. However, one of the most noteworthy features of an evolving educational model is the relevance and… Continue reading Guest post – Creativity in education

Tech Thursday- Microsoft Teams Reading Progress/Assessment

I love that Microsoft Teams continually innovates for the betterment of the next generation. One of the new features that I have adore is their ‘Reading Progress’, which can give great insight into your students’ reading skills. Creating a reading progress assignment Go to your Team and access assignments. Name your assignment and select the… Continue reading Tech Thursday- Microsoft Teams Reading Progress/Assessment

Parental involvement- How much is too much in hybrid/online schooling?

Educators and students have been vigorously involved in the reasonably new schooling system followed worldwide- the hybrid/online model. As cases surge, many schools are reverting from an on-campus model to the lesser preferred, albeit safer, education style of learning in the comfort of your own home. While learners and teachers navigate online learning platforms, a… Continue reading Parental involvement- How much is too much in hybrid/online schooling?

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

Teacher action-How a robust curriculum inspired me to change the world

I can already imagine the raised eyebrows at the title of this post. Our curriculum aims to spur on student action to better our planet. Yet, I found myself transformed while teaching my eager third graders! ‘Student Action’ is a massive part of our program. We expect to create changemakers and barrier breakers that can… Continue reading Teacher action-How a robust curriculum inspired me to change the world