The ‘best’ teacher… what is it?

So, I am back in the US again after being away for 5 years in Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi I was taught Social Studies and English (later Humanities) at American Consulate school in Dhahran (Dhahran Elementary Middle School). In those 5 years, I taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade with a challenging but mentally…

Quality Education for All….

I came back to Florida, US during this summer to face a roller coaster of emotions. We toured the Florida public schools which were all a huge change from the international school Dhahran Elementary Middle School in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia where I taught for 5 years. It was a shock. I have looked at schools…

Final Project Options

Option 1 : ‘Citizenship’ taught through Design Thinking Essential Questions to Launch Inquiry: How do you become a US citizen? What responsibilities do you have as a US citizen? Why do people want to become US citizens? I will be using the LAUNCH cycle by John Spencer to start the design thinking project blended with…

Deep Learning Practices

This was a week filled with diverse readings on learning and assessment strategies with a common thread of deeper immersion for student learning. It was also a slap on the hand for the teacher who interferes, interjects or influences the process too much (myself, many times). The readings have strategized ways to achieve deeper learning…

New Pedagogies and Shifts in Teaching

Am I ‘ashamed’ or ‘guilty’ of having made a mistake recently in my planning for 8th grade Social Studies recently? I think I am ‘guilty’ of not thinking coherently or clearly enough what the objective of this exit ticket to the unit on ‘Conflicts Within Nations’ was. I used Flipgrid to record individual reflections of…

Deep Learning: Challenges and Rewards

To re-structure learning of curriculum we as teachers, need to look at our learning objectives and ways to extend them beyond the classroom walls. The deeper learning is going to come when we squeeze ourselves and our students outside the classroom. The planning for deeper learning should happen at the beginning of the year where…

A Changing Role for Teachers: Partnerships

Most international schools such as the Dhahran Elementary Middle School (DEMS), Saudi Arabia are adopting more demanding curriculum such as C3 in Social Studies, Reading and Writing workshops that are run in parallel (Elementary and Middle School), NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and an approach towards Math involving modeling, explanation and reasoning.  This in itself,…

Frameworks for Learning

Watson Labs – Brain Synapse This week’s readings made new connections creating synapses (linkages) in my head. When I started the COETAIL program I wanted to merge a ‘technology’ teacher and a ‘teacher’ but was not sure how hard it would be or how to go about it. After this week, there is more clarity.…

Final Project: Collaboration and Facilitation

I chose to do a project focusing on ISTE standards 4 and 6: Collaboration and Facilitation. I am glad that I chose collaboration for this project as I got to work with COETAIL 11 colleagues who I don’t know at all. Working with people that I do not know has been a challenge for me.…