Search

Executive function and self-regulation

In simple terms executive function means, the ability for the brain to take steps to complete a complex task or goal, regulating thoughts, emotions, and actions to support the accomplishment of it. The set of skills that underlie in strengthening executive function of the brain are the capacity to plan ahead to meet goals, display…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , , , ,

Teaching in an age where teachers are learning along with students

In our desire to support students in their learning, almost all schools started with online classes when C 19 pandemic hit us. Schools which just till yesterday did not even have the basic infrastructure or had teachers who had barely used technology apart from perhaps few videos or a power point presentation up-skilled fast to…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

Planning Purposeful Activities for Teaching- A checklist

I have often wonder what are the possible reasons why teachers add activities to their lesson plans.  From, ‘makes the class interesting-to-we are expected to do so’, the reasons are plenty. But I think one of the most important of them is using the activities as an opportunity for formative assessment. The other question that…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

How students can use mental models for reflection

As students begin with writing their applications for universities and then subsequently prepare for their interviews, one key skill that they need to exhibit is ‘their ability to reflect’ on their past experiences and the learning from that. Now, this is easier said than done only because students are not guided through the process of, one,…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , ,

Small group collaboration and why it is important

According to National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2016) Job Outlook 2016, the attribute that employers seek most in job candidates is their ability to collaborate. In fact, according to ascd publication, communication skill at 70.2%, collaboration at 79.9% and leadership skills at 80.1% are the 3 top employability skills. In schools more and more teachers have…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

One step at a time: the importance of depth over breadth in classroom teaching

One step at a time. According to Cambridge dictionary one step at a time, means, ‘slowly and carefully, doing just a little.’  There is lot of wisdom in this quote and we, very so often use it as an encouragement and advise to our friends, colleagues and family when they feel overwhelmed with some task. Also when…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , ,

Difficult decisions? Use Force Feed Analysis

We make decisions to fulfill our goals. Those goals can be immediate, short term or long term. Goals that affect us, our families, peers, society and the environment we live in. Many of these decisions are fairly simple to make. But  some, require a bit more deliberation, thought and rationality. I came across Force Feed…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , ,

Re-culturing and not Re-structuring: Collaboration

As Michael Fullan said, ‘words travel faster than concept.’  This is more true now than ever, what with the penetration of media and the onslaught of information and new jargon that keeps erupting all the time. There is a lot more conversation around collaboration between teachers in schools and creating professional learning communities, PLCs. Which is…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

Using models of learning

Models don’t just give us a visual representation of the task , which in fact in itself is a good thing, but also a process that we can imitate to develop our skill and understanding. Each subject will have certain models that support students understanding in that discipline. How can then models help improve the…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , ,

Graphic organizers -KWHLR chart

Most of us understand and value the use of graphic organizers. It’s real value lies in the fact that it encourages thinking skills. A skill that can be learnt. However, the real value lies in its use. Deliberate and frequent use. And that is what students need practice in. Graphic organizers are like maps. They are…… Continue Reading →

SAMR- Meeting needs

Most often two processes, auditory and visual come into play for learning to take place. The information is received and processed cognitively to create knowledge structures. With the past paced growth of technology in the field of education, it is now becoming more and more important to decide and select the ed tech tools that…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

Cognitive load

I have always found the experience of conducting lesson observations and class walkthru’s a learning experience full of insight and an opportunity for engaging in action research. For me lesson observation is not necessarily about observing the teacher but largely about observing the students. After all that is why it is called lesson observation. How…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , ,

Direct experiences-Anecdotal records

Regular classroom teaching throws up innumerable direct experiences that are priceless opportunities for us to understand student learning and behavior. Just observing those and not recording them for better planning and preparation is very often a lost opportunity. Anecdotal records are one such method that I have often used when teaching. Observing the students working on…… Continue Reading →

Tags: ,

College Readiness Skills: Ability to Think, Read, Write and Present

Many times, teachers assume that the students are skilled in reading a text, understanding the same and critically analyzing it to draw their conclusions. However, what they can do is basically just read the text and develop some basic understanding of what the writer is saying. I have seen students struggle to analyze poetry and…… Continue Reading →

Tags: ,

Gagne’s Nine Levels of Learning

As I read about theories in education, I feel that teaching is, to quite an extent intuitive. Perhaps it would be safer to say that we do follow the process of teaching even though we  may not know the research behind why we do, what we do.  Therefore, theories create a shared common language for…… Continue Reading →

Tags: , , ,

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: