New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

Inquiry can be the easiest thing to do in a classroom or the toughest. It always hinges on the classroom ethos and the involvement of the learners in their own learning journey. These visible thinking routines can be used over the course of a day or two to chalk out the inquiry path of a… Continue reading New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

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

Tech for creativity rather than replication

I have always been an advocate for technology in the classroom, and Covid 19 pushed educators into a space that tested the most knowledgeable teacher’s resolve. Treading the waters of the virtual world and ensuring that our students understood the privileges and pitfalls of technology was of utmost importance. We trained and encouraged them, their… Continue reading Tech for creativity rather than replication

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

Three activities that introduce students to digital citizenship

Since the education sector shifted to the virtual realm a year and a half ago, children who would otherwise have never had so much time online have become expert technicians. They operate their learning platforms smoothly and have become well versed with the internet and how to traverse technology. Our young learners have become speedy… Continue reading Three activities that introduce students to digital citizenship

Approaches to Teaching- a guide to ‘virtual’ success

When we graduated into an online teaching model amidst the COVID outbreak, educators all around the globe upscaled themselves and were the pioneers of a contemporary era of education. Facilitators began to innovate and find state-of-the-art techniques to capture the attention of their students in the virtual classroom. As the dust began to settle and… Continue reading Approaches to Teaching- a guide to ‘virtual’ success

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

The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions

Most educators (especially those teaching in the PYP) will face challenges when inviting their learners to ask questions that will advance their inquiry journey. I have oftentimes pondered how to steer the young ones in my class towards questions that are not only important to the central idea but are relevant to their lives and… Continue reading The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions

The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID

It’s been more than a year since we shifted to our virtual platform on Teams. Learners have acclimated to technology like fish to water, and it is sometimes educators who must keep stride with their hunger for new tech tools. We experienced a sense of satisfaction when we could persist with lessons online and believed… Continue reading The teacher diaries- How our young ones feel about COVID