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.

The power of collaboration

Usha Raman
Collaborative teaching practices can help teachers consider new ways of working.The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme is back in focus in this article after the CBSE brought in formal testing and reintroduced student detention.

Finding ways to cope

Usha Raman
Changes will always be part of our lives. Some of them we will know about and therefore maybe better prepared to accept/tackle. Others may take us by surprise rocking the boats we are travelling in. While we will never be completely prepared to handle the changes that come into our lives we can always learn to cope with them.

Building the right atmosphere

A child’s formal entry into learning has to be based on the foundations of love and warmth. As teachers and schools, it is our responsibility to provide them the right kind of learning atmosphere so the children can grow up into lovely human beings.

The canvas of culture

What is culture? Does it come from what we believe in or does it depend on how we act? We learn about culture in different ways – from people, from our homes and from those living around us. And importantly we learn about it from our school. This issue gives us a brief insight into what culture is all about and how the learning spaces in schools can effectively give children an introduction into the kind of society that they are part of.

Rights, responsibilities, and redressal

Every teacher knows what their responsibilities are. But, do they know what rights they have? In case those rights are infringed where they can go? In the absence of associations to take up their cases, proper guidelines, and redressal mechanisms most teachers, especially in the private education sector, are left to try and solve their problems themselves.

Beyond assigning blame

In the context of the murder of a child in a prominent school, it is important that schools and teachers reflect more on their attitudes, practices and beliefs. Schools need to train and sensitize the support staff too because they are an important part of the care circle for children.