Every experience we go through and every situation we face we can learn from. As teachers we must be particularly aware of this and look for learnable moments so that we can pass on this knowledge to our students. Apart from learning to reflect ourselves we must also device ways to help improve this skill in our students as well.
Teacher and Principal, Kirti Munjal talks about how the book, You can Win by Shiv Khera helped channelize the unbridled energies of her adolescent students and set them on the right path.
Sheela Ramakrishnan, teacher trainer who also develops teaching-learning materials talks about how Edward De Bono’s Teach Your Child How to Think changed the way she taught helping her see her profession in an entirely new light and allowing her to open doors that she never knew were there.
Yasmin Jayathirtha, teacher at Centre for Learning, Bengaluru writes about how some of her experiences–discussions with colleagues, reading books, listening to talks–taught her to question the teacher in her and her skills so that she never becomes complacent at her job.
Up the Down Staircase is a bestseller written by Bel Kaufman based on her own experiences as a teacher. Priyanka Padhy, professor at the Department of Elementry Education, Lady Shriram college, shares the insights that she took away from this book.
Pradita Nambiar, a teacher, whose teaching methods have always been fun and innovative tells us how a teacher’s handbook, Joy of Learning, became her inspiration to instill in her students a sense of inquiry.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been an inspiration to many. P. Ajitha, teacher, writes about how she applied the ideas from the book to her own profession.
Schools are supposed to free children of their ignorance and teach them the skills necessary in life. However most schools only manage to imprison the body and mind of the child. If any of us has ever questioned the education system in our country, Sonika Lakhera, who works with primary children, says we have to lay our hands on the book, Free At Last.
Written by Patrick Chamoiseau, School Days, is a disturbing yet beautifully crafted account of the author’s experiences of going to school. Readers can take lessons from the author’s desire to fit-in in another culture and yet stay true to his own.
Anna Neena George
This article has short reviews of three science books that should necessarily adorn the shelves of every science teacher.