Usha Raman Education is supposed to help us evolve into thinking, inquisitive beings. Often though, in trying to reach this end, we falter and lose our way. It is in such times that alternative/revolutionary ideas are born. But even as we acknowledge the contributions of a Maria Montessori or a John Holt in education, we mustn’t forget the everyday battles that teachers wage in their classrooms around language, textb
Sheela Ramakrishnan A close look at the history of education will tell us that amidst all the different thinkers, systems, ideas and practices that evolved over the decades, the one thing that remained constant is change. From a gurukul system of education to mass learning during the Industrial Revolution, to inclusive education in a cognizant society, to multiple intellingences in a society that celebrated differences
R.S. Praveen Kumar It is never easy for those living on the fringes to find their place in society, to chase after their dreams. As the more privileged, it is up to us to help them become a part of the society. The Telangana Social Welfare Schools are showing us how to, by lifting such children from the margins of the society and helping them soar.
KanuPriya Jhunjhunwala One of the most important aspects of NEP 2020 has been its emphasis on Early Childhood Care and Education and recognizing this foundational stage of education as a continuous process of learning leading into primary school. While the Policy clearly states how it hopes to make this group of children ready for the primary stage of schooling, there is no talk about whether schools in the country are
Disha Jain How can the contents of a course be made relevant to students? Can education foster students’ choice and voice? By seeking knowledge from our surroundings, can learning be made pertinent? Ultimately, all learning must have some utility value so that students understand the relevance of what they are learning.
Anuradha C In the new normal of online classes now, some teachers have been able to take that leap into the digital world, while some others are still taking baby steps and are bewildered by all the technology around them. This article has plenty of DIY tips that teachers can implement for themselves and make their online classes less of an ordeal.
G. Gautama There is no question that Covid 19 has disrupted people’s lives. Educational approaches too, have changed. Students and teachers are confined to their homes with their gadgets. Learning may be happening, but there are questions - what happens to physical activity or interactions? There is a large population for whom school means many things - from friends to books and even mid
Uncontrolled anger is fast turning into a real problem even in our classrooms. The teacher is angry and the students are shouting and fighting. We all need to learn how to control and manage our anger. And here’s an angry lesson plan to help you with that.
As schools shut down amidst the heat of the pandemic and classes moved online, students and teachers became aware of a new reality--if learning was to be achieved, students would have to become more responsible, purposeful and disciplined. This awareness led to questions about choice, freedom, responsibility and integrity. Questions about how to let go of our students
Are we working from home or working for home? The boundaries are no longer clear. With COVID-19 still controlling how we live our lives, what once seemed like the ideal is now proving a difficult task. As we continue to work from home and also stay on top of our household chores, our pre-COVID lives with clear-cut boundaries seem more and more like a sweet dream.
Are emotions involved in the learning process? Do children have to like, desire or express wonder while learning a concept? Does learning have a strong element of subjectivity? Is there an ‘aha’ moment when a child grasps a concept? This article unravels the process of learning.
How much of screen time is good or not good for children? With digital devices everywhere and for everything, is it time to put the brakes on their use? Can the present generation of children do without them? Though these devices can improve learning, excess use can also be harmful and interfere with everything from sleep to creativity. How can teachers and parents help wit
How will learning and education be in the coming days, especially against the backdrop of Covid 19? While imagining such a situation, the author questions some of the assumptions of the education structure. He asks: What if every child, every student is thoroughly capable of ascertaining what he or she wishes to learn, what if every child can extract learning from any