Sneak peek into my teaching world

Theme of TEDx-Connectedness
Theme of TEDx-Connectedness
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Celebrations
Celebrations
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Composition with natural materials
Composition with natural materials
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Mount Kenya group art
Mount Kenya group art
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Modelling/coaching
Modelling/coaching
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Quantities and numerals
Quantities and numerals
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Identity and written symbols
Identity and written symbols
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Pondering
Pondering
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Playdough letters
Playdough letters
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Inquiry, Creativity and Wonder ​
 

This gallery is a snapshot of different aspects of my work that range from creativity in art work, working with children on the composition of their stories, hands on reading and writing, collaboration with colleagues and observations of children's learning through play.

When we open our minds to the multiple facets of children's world and their endless quest for discovery, we as educators become witnesses and facilitators of an extraordinary journey that is full of surprises and possibilities. 

Landforms Project 

The landforms project was an introduction to 'The natural wonders of the world' theme and why they make us wonder. Is it size, location, depth, beauty, all of it? During the exploration of different landforms, the students engaged in a multitude of discussions, representational drawings, waterfall dances, clay work and more. One of the highlights of this project was children's concern about people who live near volcanoes and how they have to 'listen' to Earth all the time. This is an example of a detour we took from our 'planned' project and after some contemplating, the children populated their volcanic mountains with forests and bird nests as preventative measures that would give people in the villages time to move away from danger.   

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Volcano eruption
Volcano eruption
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Forest around volcano
Forest around volcano
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Lava movement
Lava movement
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Observational drawing
Observational drawing
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Splashing water
Splashing water
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Volunteer parent
Volunteer parent
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Interpretation of moving water
Interpretation of moving water
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 Interactions with light transformation

Light as an essential element of life is a source of fascination for the students.

Different materials created opportunities for the students to observe light and colour, reflection, refraction and shadows. The light lab created interactions between the students where inquiry and explanations took place with the help of imagination and a series of observations.  Stories of shooting stars, astronauts, scary shadows and superpowers filled the spaces.

This is one of my favourite places of learning because it represents an environment where students create their theories and use experiential means to verify them.

Reflection
Reflection
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Scary shadows
Scary shadows
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Shooting stars
Shooting stars
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Projection of shooting stars
Projection of shooting stars
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Collage of transparent shapes
Collage of transparent shapes
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Light projector
Light projector
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Holding the sun
Holding the sun
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Letter A
Letter A
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Experimenting with color
Experimenting with color
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Life size tree tomato leaf
Life size tree tomato leaf
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Outdoors classroom
Outdoors classroom
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Trees are best friends
Trees are best friends
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Natural materials
Natural materials
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Organic farm
Organic farm
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Letter X
Letter X
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Edible garden
Edible garden
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Wetlands
Wetlands
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Sounds of cans and birds
Sounds of cans and birds
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Nature in my teaching

Natural experiences help children foster their curiosity and connect with our planet and nature becomes a classroom without walls.

The outdoors provide endless learning: trees for climbing, edible gardens, intricate shapes, sounds of birds and harmonious colors to name a few.

Our walks in the forest are rich with teachable moments that the children cherish and transfer into nature journals. They provide an awareness about the needs of living things.

The fruit project we started three years ago continues to develop in the shape of edible gardens.

Critters are regular visitors in the classroom and they vary from slugs, caterpillars and chameleons. The students create mini habitats to accommodate and welcome them while we study their body parts, compare and contrast, and observe their behaviours.    

Reading
Reading
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Rules of the classroom
Rules of the classroom
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Entrance
Entrance
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Birds tweeting the students' names
Birds tweeting the students' names
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Natural materials
Natural materials
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Pleasing colors
Pleasing colors
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Montessori math materials
Montessori math materials
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Interactive spaces
Interactive spaces
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Earth Day board
Earth Day board
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Learning spaces

The environment is 'the third teacher'. Creating spaces that speak to students, with pleasing colors that do not overload the senses is one of the core elements of the spaces I create.

These environments welcome exploration, students are surrounded by materials they can reach and use, to facilitate their own learning. Their structure and layout reinforces my image of the child as capable, eager to learn and able to make choices that do not need adult supervision. It is aesthetically appealing and it helps the students focus on their learning.