How can children be exposed to diverse contexts so that they can understand the complexity of the world -- people, places and culture? How can they understand that politics shapes our world just as much as science, technology and economics? For this the classroom can be a safe space to know and accept the different ways of being. Inside the class, they have the opportunity to ask questions freely and al
How do teachers work as a team at different levels ---- within the classroom and outside or even through the life cycle of the children? When a group of teachers works pedagogically, the real learning for students lies in the nature and quality of relationships among the teachers themselves. Children learn more from observation and can see if teachers are truly coming together to serve a larger interes
Is experience essential for children to learn concepts or trigger fresh ideas? Can teachers create appropriate experiences that can act as stimuli for children? How does language contribute to this process? This interesting article tackles this topic in the form of a fictional conversation between two teachers.
Mohit K. Sharma and Gaurav Sikka
In order to implement a progressive approach in today’s teaching-learning milieu, the shackle of a traditional and mundane teaching approach needs to be broken. This can be done by including adventure learning or explorative learning. This article focuses on a trip to Milam Glacier in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
It is not the first and certainly won’t be the last time that a state government announces its decision to enforce English as the medium of instruction in state-run schools. With the Andhra Pradesh government the latest to join the English medium bandwagon in order to attract parents and children, we must realize that any new measure undertaken to boost publ
There are a lot of people doing some very good work to improve the education system of our country. In this interview, eminent educationist and founder of the Muktangan Education Trust, Elizabeth Mehta, shares her thoughts on teacher education in India, the challenges and the role of the government in producing better and more effective teachers.
A teacher not only teaches her students but also cares for them and this can cause her a lot of emotional and mental stress. Care-giving requires you to be empathetic, understanding, patient, and emotionally available to your students. In the process of giving so much, teachers hardly notice, until too late, that they are experiencing symptoms of burn out. Teacher
Social and emotional learning of young people happens through conversations in classrooms in the municipal schools of Mumbai. Stories from the students’ contexts or their lives help them connect to the learning and also help them talk about what matters to them. This article throws light on how facilitators can build open spaces for student learning
How can a teacher get disinterested children to learn Hindi? While Hindi prose can be easy to tackle, Hindi poetry with all the metaphors and similes drawn from nature can be tough to handle. Did the teacher in question manage to achieve a breakthrough? Read on for a lively account.
Nisha Rajkumar Butoliya
Textbooks hold an important position in classroom teaching and learning. A child’s world can be visualized in the classrooms if textbooks are enriched with the context of children. So when the SCERT, Gangtok, decided to revise English textbooks for grades 1 to 3, teachers engaged in this work felt the need to include and appreciate children’s experiences and
Finally after a long gap of more than 25 years, India is ready to overhaul its education policy. A draft of the much needed and awaited New Education Policy was released in June this year to public scrutiny, advice and suggestions. As the committee led by Dr. K. Kasturirangan sieves through the overwhelming feedback received and finalizes India’s New Education Policy,
The saying goes that you learn better when you do. This teacher and her students decided to find solutions to tackle the problem of the large amounts of floral waste generated. Read about their experiences and learnings in this narrative.
The reading habit has always been the bone of contention between children and parents/teachers. The adults want the children to develop one and the children believe there are better ways of spending time. Here are a few tried and tested suggestions for you to try and turn your students into readers.