Anxiety is in the air. With exams round the corner one can see worried students, parents, teachers and schools. But anxiety brings with it stress and associated concerns. It is time that we started dealing with this anxiety differently and also showed our students and other stakeholders how they can be more positive and a little less stressed around this time every year.
Students live tough lives. While grappling with psychological challenges and under constant scrutiny for their academic performance and behaviour, students are expected to “fit” into the standard norms we have set. We do not appreciate any kind of deviation. With pressure from parents, school and the society to be a certain way, what the students put at stake is their emotional wellbeing, whic
Drug abuse is so rampant these days that it is no longer a secret; no longer something that only the “naughty” children do; and not something that we can ignore anymore. With dissatisfaction, emotional instability, stress and depression on the rise, more and more youngsters are falling prey to this vice. As their teachers and parents, let us arm ourselves with enough knowledge to help our children
Mangrove forests are a national wealth. They protect coastal areas from natural disasters, provide food for their inhabitants, are home to a variety of wildlife, provide a safe breeding ground for many species of fish, sustain livelihoods and are now also a popular tourist destination. When this rich and vibrant habitat gives us so much, the least we can do is to protect and conserve it.
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 toge
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.
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
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.
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
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