Bullying Venn Diagram

Bridging our Thinking

“Bullying is like a bird in a cage because there is nothing the bird can really do to free itself, except wait until the cage is opened to fly out.” – Olivia, Grade 6  Exploring the topic of bullying challenges my Grade 6 Health class to reflect on past, or present, experiences that affect their…

The teachers of Mukwashi Trust School

A Journey Through Change, Compassion and Thinking

“Our lives are indeed a series of stories. Some that stretch out from the beginning to the end and others that end before they really begin.” – Laura Manni, Mukwashi Trust School, Zambia Innovator, compassionate, visionary and humble…these are just few of the words I would use to describe my friend and former colleague, Laura Manni. Laura…

G8 Chalk Talk

Grade 8 Chalk Talks about Volleyball

“I used to think volleyball was just a sport I really connected with, and I didn’t think of the skills in depth. However, I look at volleyball with a totally different perspective…”  Grade 8 student, Tatiana, continues to describe her growth as a PE learner through her experiences in our volleyball unit. She goes on…

Grade 8 students participating in the thinking routine Chalk Talk

Say What? How is Language Used in Your Classroom?

“What makes you say that?” Using language to shape a culture of thinking… This simple, but meaningful thinking routine activates our minds to build explanations from what we see or know. Saying “What makes you say that?” instead of asking “Why?” invites learners to share their opinions and interpretations. It encourages flexibility in their thinking by teaching learners…

Isabel, Grade 7

Thinking Routines

Thinking Routines are mini strategies that guide learners’ thought processes   What are they? Thinking routines are simple procedures that consist of only a few steps. They provide a framework for drawing attention to specific thinking moves that: 1. Help build understanding and drive further inquiry 2. Connect new ideas to one’s own thinking Thinking routines are not add-ons…

My Grade 3 Class - American International School of Lusaka, Zambia

I Can Make A Difference!

Grade 3 Makes Positive Change Through Writing “Your community is your life, so make it a good community” – Gwen, Grade 3 This precept, or words to live by, became my Grade 3 class motto at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Throughout the school year, we were able to grow and develop together…