Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

February 20, 2014
by balimaha

The Main Responsibility of Teachers? Make yourself dispensable!

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen I read this week’s prompt for #rhizo14, my first thought was “but isn’t that the point of teaching?” – I always thought it was our responsibility as teachers to eventually make ourselves not needed, obsolete – for our learners. … Continue reading

January 7, 2014
by balimaha

Inspiring teaching philosophies

Reading Time: 4 minutesI am writing this post to capture/curate aspects of some of my favorite teaching philosophies written out there. Because of my new job responsibilities, I am particularly concerned about finding deep and critical teaching philosophies about online aspects of learning, … Continue reading

January 4, 2014
by balimaha

Novelty, noise, and scaffolding

Reading Time: 3 minutesSome days you come across an idea that provides you with unexpected insights. The idea is simple and should have been obvious to you long ago, but somehow was not, until some other person articulated it well enough. A couple … Continue reading

December 31, 2013
by balimaha

Learning for Sustainability: on sustainable assessment #flsustain

Reading Time: 1 minutesI use this post to note my favorite quotes/ideas on “sustainable assessment” from the book “Learning for Sustainability”, which is one of the texts for the FutureLearn MOOC offered by U of Nottingham. Whole paragraph quoted: assessment strategies should be … Continue reading

December 28, 2013
by balimaha

Different approaches to student input and involvement in learning

Reading Time: 3 minutesI just read a recent article by Prensky that highlights the importance of getting student input on how they want to learn, as early as school level (unsure how “early” is, but i assume as soon as kids can articulate … Continue reading

December 19, 2013
by balimaha

We Are Nerds. So how do we reach our students?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt suddenly struck me, a couple of weeks after I finished my PhD, that I was a nerd. This should not have come as a surprise, since I have been a high achieving student throughout school and college, and loved … Continue reading


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