As summer slowly starts to creep in on us, we also approach the end of the academic year. And this is a difficult combination to beat. The days are getting hotter and stuffier and the teaching-learning is also almost done for the year. How can teachers and students keep their spirits up until the summer holidays? Do you have any ideas?
Is holiday homework an oxymoron? Every child you know wants to be left free during the holidays. Most parents however believe that too much freedom will spoil their children. Therefore schools step in to give their students holiday homework that they believe is both fun and educative. But between reluctant children, distressed parents and anxious schools, does holiday homework achieve the resu
The problems facing the world today are not simple or small. Therefore, the solutions to these problems have to be creative and out-of-the-box. Apart from producing literate and knowledgeable young people, schools should also cultivate their students’ creativity.
There are some people who have left a deeper impact on the way education is perceived than others. Kabir Jaithirtha’s ideas of sharing and generating knowledge have helped not just his students imbibe a new culture of learning but also several of his fellow educators.
In today’s world, is there freedom for the individual to speak his/her mind, to ask questions, or even to express a different viewpoint? Should the teacher teach resilient participation and ownership to students so they can be effective citizens? Or should he/she teach them conformity, to obey commands and orders? This is the dilemma of a teacher.
An interdisciplinary lesson on any subject has a lot to offer the teacher who wants to make learning interesting and relatable. The study of our coastline can keep students engaged for a month or more. It leads to a deeper understanding of why coasts are important – as an interface between land and sea, as a crucial component of our ecosystem.
Alex M. Thomas & Varun Nallur
How much does the Government spend on education? Should school leaders and teachers engage themselves with this exercise to know and learn how their own schools allocate their funds? Does a lower allocation mean that there is a learning crisis or even a shortage of teachers? The manner in which this kind of data is collected, classified and analyzed can
Bincy Mary George
According to a recent government scheme, teachers will train students in preventive healthcare as part of their ‘health ambassador’ duty. While this is all very well, has anybody given a thought to the health of the teachers themselves? Do you know how many health issues plague teachers as they continue in their profession? As she raises these concerns, the auth
As teachers we often forget that students observe even the little things about us; what we do and what we say. Despite our best efforts and intentions we make mistakes and lose credibility. Here are a student’s observations of the little things that we overlook and which if we are careful about can make us better teachers.
Once upon a time we used to consume news through our morning newspapers or the TV at dinner. Today news has become perennial. We are constantly surrounded by it. Every ordinary citizen is able to dispense news, journalists are competing to bring us breaking news and opportunists are looking to take advantage. The ability to sift through this barrage of news stories is beco
Did you know that all the furniture in our homes can help us learn more about math, English and even EVS? From shapes, symmetry, trigonometry and statistics to nursery rhymes and idioms, furniture as a project idea can be taken up by teachers to put some zest into their teaching. Read on for more ideas.
Has entrepreneurship in the education sector become a movement that is reflective of a trend that is likely to revolutionise this space in the coming years? While there are huge challenges to be met especially in the government schools in the rural areas, what is heartwarming is the rise of a new breed of innovators who are trying to create a new supply of public and priv