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

SMART Goals-A graphic organizer to set measurable goals and achieve success

Whether at the start of a school year or when embarking on a new task with your students, it is crucial to pinpoint learning objectives and success criteria. In the International Baccalaureate, we focus on working backwards, getting underway by envisioning outcomes to ultimately planning activities that will support us in achieving our objectives. For… Continue reading SMART Goals-A graphic organizer to set measurable goals and achieve success

WHAT- A VTR to identify relevant questions and guide inquiry

Before we embark on a new unit or concept in our learning spaces, it is imperative to evaluate our student’s knowledge of the subject. Checking in with their current information is a terrific way to recognize where to initiate teaching and learning. You may have to start explaining the basics or may be able to… Continue reading WHAT- A VTR to identify relevant questions and guide inquiry

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

An ode to VTRs- a poem to say ‘thank you’

VTRs are ‘visible thinking routines’ that make the inquiry process visual and structured. These are widely used in my classroom and have resulted in many successful breakthroughs among my students. VTRs deserve a spotlight in the world of education, and so the following poem was penned by me as a virtual thank you. An ode… Continue reading An ode to VTRs- a poem to say ‘thank you’

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