Teachers and students share a bond that sees them through the school years. Sometimes, this bond is emotional and the student is benefited both academically and emotionally. At other times, students and even teachers fail to connect leading to dire consequences. In such cases, would the presence of a trained counsellor help? It would, with support from the larger community of teachers and parents. But a beginning can be made only by a sensitised teacher who can understand a child’s need.
Rules and values, can one exist without the other? While one has a positive feel to it, the other is often challenged. Is there a way to balance values and rules? Can we as schools and teachers find answers to these questions as apart from their families, children imbibe most of their values and knowledge of rules from schools.
The past year has just gone by and has left in its wake a lot of disruption. From demonetisation to cyclonic storms and political upheavals, the changes have been swift and hard to accept. It is in times likes these that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference, bring out the heroic nature in each one of us and kindle a sense of hope in our humdrum lives.
What is the role of art in the school curriculum today? Most of us believe in the value that art adds to a child’s education, but how does one make a case to show that the arts are not dispensable? True, what Art brings to a child’s development is beyond school academics; but perhaps to allow the arts to flourish within a school curriculum, we have to find justifications of its importance within the curriculum.
The safety and well-being of staff and students is a primary concern of most schools today. In order to meet this challenge, decisions are taken and systems adopted without any consultation with the key stakeholders. Introducing surveillance cameras in schools to monitor student and teacher activity may have its advantages, but several questions need to be asked and answered before any decision is arrived at. Clearly, school administrators must realise that consultation with all teachers , parents and students before any change is implemented will find greater acceptance than simply forcing everyone to accept and adapt.
Disagreement with the popular viewpoint is not accepted and is usually frowned upon. However, it is important that we create space for all kinds of viewpoints to co-exist in society. Having said that disagreeing doesn’t mean shouting down the other person. How we voice our disagreement is equally important. And classrooms are the best places to help encourage healthy discussions.
Stories shape us, they help us improve our ability to understand people, their experiences and their solutions to problems. This Special issue for teachers carries a bouquet of stories that celebrate the life and work of a teacher. The stories are sure to leave you readers entertained and surprised. Happy reading.
Even a couple of years ago when you thought about a teacher, you always associated him/her with the classroom. But with the education space changing constantly, teachers these days are finding that their skills and experience can be put to use for related opportunities outside the classroom. And while these opportunities are exciting and liberating, teachers should continue to value and take from their classroom experiences.
The process of rolling out the new education policy is on, but the key influencer in the core process of learning — the teacher — does not seem to be consulted in any substantive way. It is time teachers begin to see themselves not just as implementers of the curriculum, but as having a creative and central role in education.
This May-June, Teacher Plus explores the subject that pervades every aspect of our lives–economics. While we haven’t been able to do justice to the subject by any means in our 120 pages, the Teacher Plus economics issue hopes that it will bring its readers a good assortment of articles that add value and knowledge to their idea of economics. Apart from this, the May-June issue is of special significance as we reach the 100 monthly issues.