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Attributing Images

Teachers and students frequently use images to enhance their presentations, academic writing or projects. There are many sites that can be explored for images. In fact the extraordinary quality and thoughtful creation that is available should be considered as a generous gift by the owner of the image to us. Many of these images are available…… Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Evaluating sources

From experience I have noticed that most students are not able to transfer and use the knowledge and skill gained in one subject effortlessly into another subject. They tend to compartmentalize the subjects. This becomes more prominent when teachers do not collaboratively plan and execute their lessons leading to loss of opportunity for students to…… Continue Reading →

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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 →

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Daily Sponge Activities

Sponge activities are great fillers and intentional activities, for that time in the class when you still have some minutes to spare or are at that juncture where you wish to capture the thoughts of the students to evaluate their learning. Sponge activities work brilliantly for reflection time and critical thinking. As teachers, depending on…… Continue Reading →

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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 →

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Writing Style- PEEL

One of the challenges that I face with students is to get them to write an essay. While essay writing is taught in school from junior school, somehow students always find it a challenge because they do not understand and implement a ‘writing structure’. Pattern and symmetry do not exist only in math or arts……. Continue Reading →

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Storm in a Teacup

Yes, deadlines have a habit of creating that. The art of managing deadlines is prioritization. A skill students must be introduced to in school from the time (at least) they learn to pronounce it. Important and urgent. Essential Time allotment 5 % Important but not urgent. Necessity Time allotment 75% Urgent but not important. Distractions Time…… Continue Reading →

DRAW YOUR THINKING

I got introduced to ‘sketchnoting’ fairly recently. However, as I investigated and practiced, I realized that I had actually been doing sketch noting from childhood. Writing small notes for myself in the margins of my notebook in school or making a square or a circle around the text that I wanted to highlight, or simply…… Continue Reading →

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