Articles in the Editorial Category
August 2015, Editorial »
Are teachers bound by the school curriculum and the text books that are prescribed for students? Do they have the freedom to go beyond the text books and impart learning in new ways so that they can open up children’s minds? How does politics impact school practices? These are questions for which everyone needs to find answers so that those who deliver education can resist intrusions into their space.
As schools and teachers are we happy simply producing academically brilliant children? Somewhere aren’t we also responsible for the ‘kind’ of individuals our students will turn out to be when they grow up? Let’s make our schools a more caring, sharing and compassionate place and show our students through examples the kind of human beings they must be.
Editorial, May-June 2015 »
Physics is one of those ‘hard’ sciences and like math, can evoke strong feelings of fear and dislike. Unless the subject is handled by a capable and inspired teacher, it can put off most children. This issue on physics has a different approach, showing how the subject can connect to our everyday lives and environment.
April 2015, Editorial »
Access to information is quick and easy these days. There is no dearth of information or the ways in which we can find it. Therefore it is easy to become overwhelmed, get lost, and be confused. As teachers it is necessary that we tell our students how they can sort through and use the right kind of information to further their learning. But to teach our students that we first have to develop our own strategies of dealing with information overload.
Editorial, March 2015 »
How can we help create school spaces where all those who work within it can be trusted? With schools too not being exempt from the ills of society, it is time to explore ways in which schools and teachers can be more vigilant and respond better to cases of child abuse and sexual harassment.
Editorial, February 2015 »
The recently released ASER serves to remind us of our failure as educationists once again. With children displaying abysmal reading and writing skills, the fingers of blame are pointing towards the teacher. But when we have an education system that produces ill-equipped teachers, can we blame the teachers alone? We have to find solutions to equip our teachers with good teaching-learning skills so that they in turn can produce good learners.
Editorial, January 2015 »
The recent Peshawar tragedy has forced us to ask some questions. Have places of education become unsafe? Are children living in violent times? How can children trust their teachers? While the Peshawar massacre is an outcome of politics between nation states, the violence that happens within school spaces needs to be tackled. For this, children need to be educated about their own safety and given physical and intellectual tools to protect themselves.
December 2014, Editorial »
Why do stories matter? Well there are a couple of reasons. One–stories are perhaps one of the most inexpensive teaching aids. Except for your imagination you need little else. Two–stories perk up any classroom and subject matter. Three–stories help develop very important learning skills–listening, reading, and speaking.
Editorial, November 2014 »
How can a teacher build positive classrooms, one where the students are all responsive and more engaged? One way is to bring about a change in the seating pattern at least occasionally so that students see and think differently. Students could also be given a say in how the classroom should operate. This way their sense of ownership in the education process increases. These are but small shifts in everyday learning, but could certainly lead to more positive attitudes and behaviour.
Editorial, October 2014 »
Amidst planning for her lessons, taking care of additional duties in school, handling irate parents, a disgruntled management, and bored and disinterested students, what exactly keeps a teacher going? The answer is the joy and hope she derives when she walks into her classroom and looks at her students each time.