Re-think, revise, reform

From time to time, the nation – and the media – focus on school education, debating such issues as the size of school bags, the dearth of teachers, the lack of infrastructure, and the woeful limits of the reach of Read More …

Stepping up: One reader at a time

What does it take to put together a magazine? Well, it takes some ideas, a team to work on them, people who understand text and pictures and the way they play together in the reader’s mind, and a way to Read More …

Beyond profiteering

A multitude of messages assail your senses every waking hour, advertisements in the morning newspaper, notices pasted on walls despite the ‘stick no bills’ warning, superhuman size hoardings popping off rooftops and lining the roads, signs on buses and autorickshaws, Read More …

Staffroom politics, student perceptions

When a bunch of people get together, there are bound to be differences – of opinion, values and practices. When the people are professionals, the differences may be even more signifi cant, particularly if there are areas where interaction is Read More …

Left out of the loop… Again?

A lot of newsprint has – quite unusually – been devoted to school education in Andhra Pradesh in the last month. The AP State Government has drawn the ire of civil society organisations and teachers’ groups with its recent announcement Read More …

Staying Fresh

As the heat bears down on me my mind fixes on an image; a fi gure reclining in a chair, dressed in cool white, one arm resting across the back of the chair while the other holds a book. A Read More …

The Teaching Effect

Anyone who has been in the profession of teaching long enough to have students who are now well past their last degree will have had the experience of their pupils coming back to tell them how their time in school Read More …

A Tale of Two Annual Days

When children are given a platform along with a set of broad expectations, they can perform in ways that surprise and delight us, often dealing with what adults see as impediments and limitations with maturity and panache. We as teachers Read More …

Different Strokes

It’s dinned into our heads right from when we begin learning about teaching that each child is different, that we need to teach in a way that addresses the potential of the individual child. But somewhere along the line the Read More …

Take a Moment… or More

As we near the stress-point of the school calendar – examinations coming up, syllabi to be completed, “laggards” to be dealt with – we are more focused on just getting things done rather than on the manner in which we Read More …