The parent trap

Latha Vydianathan

A corollary of the virtual classrooms has been that parents are now able to watch the teacher’s every move hawk-eyed and what is more they don’t think twice before interrupting the teacher or pointing out her flaws and mistakes. But as the parents are watching the teachers so also the teachers are gauging parents. Here is a teacher’s fun list of the kind of parents she has ‘virtually’ met so far.

Imbibing the ‘never say die’ spirit from children

Anwar Hussain Rayma
Children are younger than us in terms of age but they end up teaching us many things. In these extremely difficult times of the corona virus, it is the never-say-die spirit of his students that helped this teacher change his outlook towards the situation.

Ideas for a communicative English virtual class

Anubha Rawat
Virtual classes are here to stay, at least for sometime. While we all agree that there is nothing to beat the freedom and joy we experience in a physical classroom when we teach, we have to try and find ways to bring a little bit of that joy into our virtual classrooms as well. Here is how I tweaked some of my language activities to suit my e-classroom.

Have we not done enough?

Trisha Chakraborty
Everybody wants to send their children to schools with the best teachers, but neither the children we teach nor the parents accept teaching as a viable profession. When will teaching become a job that our students aspire to?

The tiffin box dilemma

Deepanwita Das
The school tiffin box is a source of constant tussle between nutrition conscious parents and junk food loving children. This teacher narrates two separate tiffin box related instances that led to her school to formulate a breakfast schedule thereby ending the morning tussle.

May their tribe increase

S. Mundayoor
Teachers’ Day, as always, is an occasion for many of us to remember and cherish those who untiringly taught us. Here, the author shares some anecdotes about a few teachers who inspired those who came into contact with them. These recollections are mostly from the annual teachers’ residential camps held during the Eighties and Nineties by a group of schools in Arunachal Pradesh, with which the writer was associated.

Are we slacking on time?

Roopa Vinayak Ram
Time theft seems to be the new buzzword and a major challenge in schools. What constitutes time theft, and are teachers guilty of it? A look at how this problem can be solved.

“Self”-made artists

Anshika Bedi

Children have a knack of surprising us adults. This teacher’s class five students amazed her with the way they went about painting their self-portraits. Their maturity, interest and passion in their artwork was nothing short of that of a professional.