Time for reflection?

Usha Raman
When teachers interact at national level meetings, there is much learning happening since they get to meet people from different states and communities. At such meetings, personal biases and perceptions are changed because of the direct experiences. In classrooms too, teachers need to provide that space to children since they come from varied backgrounds and it is important that they talk to each other.

Balancing trust and skepticism

Usha Raman

In recent times we have all been witness to the mayhem that fake news can unleash. With the average age of people using social networking sites and apps becoming younger, as teachers we now have the responsibility to help our students identify fact from fiction, help them cultivate the ability to question and not accept everything at face value.

Election duty offers a reality check

Usha Raman
Come elections, government school teachers are enrolled for poll duty, and this is something that teachers have to comply with, failing which they are issued suspension notices. However, this can also be a time for non-teachers to experience what schools are like since many of them serve as polling stations. These encounters can help them understand the conditions under which many teachers work providing them with a reality check.

Journey outside the classroom

Usha Raman
Anybody who believes that learning happens only inside the classroom has got it all wrong. Learning can happen any time, any place—in your backyard, while you are walking or even trekking up a mountain. Therefore, open up your learning experiences and make the world your classroom.

Balancing the training equation

Usha Raman
Most training programmes are not popular with the teachers either because they are disinterested or the programmes do not offer true enrichment to the participants. In such a scenario, what can be done to add more value to the workshops and how can they be made more popular?

Guru or Google?

Usha Raman
With Google acknowledged as a relevant source of information and knowledge provider, is the traditional teacher still necessary? Of course she is. Only her role has changed from that of a knowledge provider to that of a nurturer, inspirer and a guide.

Bits and bobs from the past

Usha Raman
This issue carries a heartwarming bouquet of stories— all tributes to parents, teachers and others who have contributed to the ‘making’ of a teacher. Most teachers enjoyed reflecting on the many influences in their lives, and how and why they decided to join the teaching profession. These stories on the occasion of Teacher’s Day could well inspire young enthusiasts to join the brigade.

Connections that span lifetimes

Usha Raman
A student-teacher relationship is special unlike any other. The influence, inspiration and learnings that a student receives from the teacher forms the essense of this relationship. It is this deep connection that makes a student go up to wish a teacher/help her even several many years later and it is this connection that gives the teacher a pleasure that is unique only to her.

Reimagining civics

Vinita Singh
This is such an opportune time for this issue. The year 2019 marks the 70th year of the Indian Constitution and our Republic! It could be a time to use many of the ideas here to create activities and events that help students connect deeply with the fundamental principles that join us all, in all our diversity and uniqueness!

Making civic education relevant

Usha Raman
We live in confusing times. While there’s no doubt that life is better on some counts (higher lifespan, more literacy, widening opportunities, more choice), it’s worse on others (climate change, socio-economic inequality, war). It’s hard to know who is responsible and how things can change.