The chalk and talk is the most economical and easy way of transacting teaching-learning. It is also perhaps the most ineffective. In a world of education that is becoming child-centric, it is time that we adopted and adapted our teaching styles to suit our children’s learning styles. Contextual learning is one of the more popular methods of engaging students.
This last article of the four-part series on observing birds outlines for teachers how the bird watching activities mentioned in this series can be scaled up or down to suit their classes and also provides answers to questions that teachers may come across while undertaking these activities with their students.
B R Sitaram
So how many of you were able to find answers to last month’s questions? How many did you get right? Check your answers in this month’s column even as we give you another four questions to keep your brain working.
Imagine a room full of children, heads down, diligently writing their exam and no adult to monitor them! Invigilator-less exams are a new concept that some schools are adopting as a way of helping students internalize values such as discipline and honesty.
Read to find how a teacher helps his students find joy in solving math problems.
Shivani Mathur Gaiha and Spandana Kommuri
Everyday teachers face a lot of situations in school, primarily with regard to their students, whose behaviour can lead to myriad problems both for the students themselves and the teachers. Even as teachers learn from each other to handle such ‘problem cases’, we bring you another column with experts advising you on how to tackle students with sensitivity and care.
As teachers one of our most important qualities should be our enthusiasm to learn. We become good teachers if we are good students ourselves. And yet many of us are afraid of using technology in our classrooms. It is now very easy to assimilate technology into our teaching because of the sheer variety of resources it produces in the field of education. So let’s open our minds and classrooms to technology.
No two children are ever the same. Each child is unique. In a class of 40 children, how then do we treat them all alike? Here are simple suggestions you can employ in your classroom to handle the many different personalities of your students while maintaining a positive learning atmosphere.
Secularism is perhaps the most debated concept in the country today. While it has been dissected, analyzed and digested over and over in different contexts, there is one area that has received less attention than others—secularism and public schools. If public schools are secular, why then do their assemblies follow the prayers of a particular religion? Isn’t this a violation of our constitutional rights?
Fake news is the new malady that has consumed this world. It most of all affects young children who are still impressionable. Can we teach children to be more alert so that we can avoid the damages caused by fake news? Following some of the advice in this article can help a great deal.