V A Jyothi
Inclusive classrooms are a tough challenge even for the best teachers. But by following a few of these suggestions, you can make it a little less difficult to handle such classes.
Uncontrolled anger is fast turning into a real problem even in our classrooms. The teacher is angry and the students are shouting and fighting. We all need to learn how to control and manage our anger. And here’s an angry lesson plan to help you with that.
Mindfulness is a state of being; of being in the present without any thoughts/feelings about the past or the future. It is about focussing attention in the present and being aware of one’s current thoughts, feelings and state of mind and body.
Happy classrooms help children take ownership of their learning. A pendulum shift occurs when children feel happy. Happy children are more likely to be naturally engaged than children who are unsure of their presence in the class. So, how can teachers create happy classrooms? The idea is to give children the choice of taking charge of their own learning and this would mean teachers may need to be invested beyond their duty as educators.
Once upon a time, the teacher would come to class, read from the book, fill up the board and leave. There was no talking between the teacher and the students. Today, children are encouraged to ask questions and actively participate in the learning process. A teacher, therefore, should not only be an expert in her subject, but should also know how to present herself and handle challenging questions from the students.
Being able to express ourselves and be understood is a basic human necessity. It gains supreme significance in the classroom, as communication—between the teacher and the student, between students— is at the very core of learning. So how do you cultivate a communication culture in your classroom? How do you create a learning environment that will help students achieve their best?
A teacher is extremely important to converting a classroom into a productive learning space. How she manages her class, keeps her own spirits up and guides her students on their learning journey plays a vital role in successful classroom transactions. An experienced teacher shares the lessons she has learnt over the years on effective classroom management.
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.
Roopa Vinayak Ram
A teacher’s rapport with her students can easily translate into a thriving classroom environment. But there is a line which teachers must remember not to cross. A teacher needs to understand that ‘too close a relationship’ is detrimental to both the student’s future and the teacher’s effectiveness.
Here is an instance of an educational ‘case’. These cases are usually problems or dilemmas that are not resolved. They however help practitioners to think deeply about the context of the problem, and engage in discussions at staffroom meetings.