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

Guest post-Dance Photography: Dialogues, Discoveries and Dance

In the Middle Year Programme, our aim is to inspire young learner’s imaginations through the arts, challenge perceptions, and expand creative and analytical skills. Dance within the MYP framework is envisaged as an artistic, aesthetic, cultural, and physical subject. Through the unit ‘Evolution of dance to connect, express and heal’, the students experienced the concept… Continue reading Guest post-Dance Photography: Dialogues, Discoveries and Dance

Who’s Behind the Mask- Generational rules

When we think about it, every generation grows up with different rules. Cultures and environments evolve, and we need to keep up with changing times. When we were children, we ran free till dusk. We lay in the grass and watched stars cross our sights until they crumbled to dawn. We bounced in our parents’… Continue reading Who’s Behind the Mask- Generational rules

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?

Fairy tales and Disney during the early years- dangerous or dreamy?

As a child, I remember being glued to the screen watching Disney classics. I swooned when prince charming kissed the damsel in distress and cheered on the vehement thwarting of evil. I cried inconsolably when parents were invariably bopped off mid-movie. Finally, I remember the exhalation of satisfaction when the movie was over, only to… Continue reading Fairy tales and Disney during the early years- dangerous or dreamy?

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