Author Archives: nainisingh

My 5 classroom goals for next year

Communication I plan to try and improve communication between our classroom, parents, and students. I’m not sure whether students or parents read my emails or get our classroom news. At times, they do not respond to the posts on Google … Continue reading

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Step aside

“People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s energy resources.” Me to students : Does that make sense? Students to me: (after a while)…not really… Their understanding of “energy” during the pre-assessment task also reflected a superficial … Continue reading

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Inquiry using symbols

Every year when school starts, I have observed how quickly some classes put up the learner profile attributes, attitudes and concepts on the classroom walls.  Up they go, pat pat pat, on the wall followed by a relieved tick against … Continue reading

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Letting inquiry unravel naturally

I apologize for the long post. I wanted to record the process of inquiry in my class and this is how it has began to unravel. This is the second week. There is a definite buzz in the air.  The … Continue reading

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An inquiry into curiosity

If you look up the term “curiosity” on Wikipedia, this is what you’ll find: Curiosity (from Latin curiosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care“) is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species.[1][2] The term can also be used to denote … Continue reading

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Mathematically inclined

“In the case of mathematics, there is a persistent attempt to erase the subjective and affective in favour of: mathematics that is as dry as dust, as exciting as a telephone book, as remote as the laws of infangthief of … Continue reading

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Bringing a bit of PYP to Leh, Kashmir

This summer, I spent part of my holidays doing some voluntary work. I decided to go to the top most part of India…near the Himalayas. The craggy mountain folds,the blue, blue sky, along with the most amazing people on earth, … Continue reading

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The 8Way Thinking strategy

The other day, I came across an interesting way of conducting an inquiry lesson. The reason I found it interesting was due to the fact that it was a simplified version of Howard Gardener’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence. The child friendly language and … Continue reading

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Conceptual Understanding and Misunderstanding!

Something interesting happened the other day in my maths class. We had started a new topic, Division. I asked the students to turn on their laptops and talk about their understanding of division. They loved watching themselves talk. Some even … Continue reading

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Teachers as Learners

I learn so much from my colleagues. The other day I stepped into one of my grade level teacher’s room and saw the way she had beautifully set up the bulletin board. Laminated pictures of monuments with guiding questions were … Continue reading

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