This Special issue, curated by one of our long-time contributors, Neeraja Raghavan, is the outcome of an idea to get teachers to reflect on the contextualization of their lessons. The articles that we received reflect the level of detail and the diversity of the teachers’ lived experiences. If one teacher brought alive ancient cities in ruins through a contemporary experience, another showed how to dev
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 knowledge.
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.
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
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.
Can a teacher afford to take risks in her class and experiment with newer ways of teaching? Or should she stick to the tried and tested path, of not leaving her comfort zone? The moot question is how can she even begin to think out of the box? The first step would be to nurture a mindset that says that it is alright to fail and to start looking at effort and not re
Saurav Shome and Archana Dwivedi
Student clubs in schools are often set up with much fanfare and enthusiasm but lose steam midway because the syllabus is given priority. However, some schools do persist in engaging the students and the results are quite noteworthy. In this article, the authors describe the revival of the eco and the science clubs.
How does learning take place, and what type of learning stands in good stead throughout life? All types of learning have their place such as rote learning, conceptual learning and experiential learning. So, the ideal would be to memorize facts, understand the concept behind the facts and apply that understanding to solve problems.
As a new teacher, Ankita always presented herself as someone that her students could grow into. But a book, a cloud and several beautiful experiences later, she now understands that she is not their inspiration. It is the other way round.
This is the journey of a mother and teacher, whose children opened her eyes to what true learning is. Sharmila writes about how she came to a decision to ‘unlearn’ and is now along with her children experiencing a new way of learning by homeschooling.