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.
Exam time is no doubt a stressful time for both the students and the teachers and parents. But this is also the time when it is necessary that everybody involved stays calm in order to be better prepared.
One of the most important skills that a teacher must posses is that of classroom management. Only when her class is in order can a teacher carry out her lesson plans. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will help you pick up the art of classroom management.