Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

As a general aspect of my teaching practice, I group the students in the class into teams and let them work within the same team for one semester. The idea is to put together kids with various abilities, needs, and temperaments in an effort to encourage and support their collaborative learning through interaction and interdependence. … Continue reading Collaborative learning: fostering positive interdependence

Our Most Treasured Memories

Our last Show and Tell was about everyone's most treasured memories. As a warm up, in our third semester we formed teams according to the class each one of us enjoyed the most - Caterpillars, Ladybugs, Honeybees, or Butterflies. We made posters reminiscing the things we have done in the course of the past three … Continue reading Our Most Treasured Memories

The Truth about Being a Teacher

"A life without purpose is a languid, drifting thing; Every day we ought to review our purpose, saying to ourselves: This day let me make a sound beginning, for what we have hitherto is naught!" I feel like the best advice to all the professionals out there (be it teachers, marketers, musicians, magicians) is to … Continue reading The Truth about Being a Teacher