Creating happy classrooms

Payal Khanna
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.

Why math matters

Sweety Rastogi
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.

The significance of classroom communication

Payal Bedi
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?

The importance of classroom dynamics

Leena Satuluri

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.

Addressing individual differences

Archana Dwivedi

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.

How much is too much with students?

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.

The case of the struggling “new” teacher

Gopal Midha
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.

Staying cool during exams

Smaranika Pattnaik

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.

Let’s start the class

Payal Bedi

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.

Combating bullying: What teachers must know

Divyadarshan Chandrasekar
With instances of bullying on the rise, teachers need to devise newer techniques to tackle this menace. The issue is of growing concern especially in the light of globalisation and increased media exposure. The article outlines a few steps that will help teachers manage their classrooms better and how they can differentiate between different types of bullying.