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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a secret ingredient that transforms an average teacher into a good teacher? Are our training programmes designed to impart the necessary qualities to students training to be teachers? What makes some teachers more successful and popular? While each teacher has to develop her own right mix of qualities to succeed, the one thing that every teacher needs is the ability to think with her heart and not just her head.
Life is all about learning and learning continuously, keeping our minds open so that new ideas flow in. Does our education system allow this to happen and are our teachers ready to continually learn even if they are in the teaching profession? How do they re-energise themselves and how can they keep track of new developments in their profession?
Once upon a time schools were considered as only storehouses of knowledge. Today they are expected to do a lot more. Nurturing empathy among children is one of their primary responsibilities today. With a world that is growing more and more insensitive and selfish by the day, imagining and understanding the lives of people different from us has become the need of the hour.