I believe, therefore I am…or not!

Neeraja Raghavan
There are exceptionally brilliant students and there are those who believe that they are not good at anything. Why are there these different kinds of students? What leads them to believe what they are? Can we, as adults, make the students who say ‘I cannot…’ say ‘I can…’?

Bringing mistakes into the curriculum

Neeraja Raghavan
This month, I would like to bring to you one of my favourite research papers. I never tire of reading it. Each time I go back to it, I get something more from it. But unlike the previous research papers that I have shared here, this paper is not freely downloadable. After you read this piece, and participate in the NOW BRING IT INTO THE CLASSROOM section, you may email me if you want to read the original paper. I can help you with that, by sending you a soft copy.

Letting children think things through for themselves

Neeraja Raghavan

Are we spoon-feeding and spoiling our children by giving them all the answers? The next time a student asks us a question, let us not jump up to give them the answer, instead let us encourage them to find the answer for themselves.

Reading the book of memory: teacher narratives

Neeraja Raghavan

Often as a teacher, if you sit back and think about it, you realize that knowingly or unknowingly you are emulating you own teachers–be it their good practices or mostly their bad. While the good practices are fine it is necessary that teachers reflect on their teaching methodologies and consciously work to remove any bad practices they maybe following.

The power of reading

Neeraja Raghavan
The power of the word and an individual’s ability to read and understand can be awesome. This article in the RIA series takes us through the journey of a teacher, a student and a life- changing friendship. This deeply moving book is a story of Michelle Kuo– the teacher and her student ,Patrick Browning and how she steers his literary awakening. And how does she do this? She gets him to read, read and read! A must read book for teachers too.

What are your beliefs as a teacher?

Neeraja Raghavan

In her column this time, Neeraja Raghavan, analyzes the chapter of a book that asks teachers to undertake a few exercises to find out how their teaching philosophies evolved and whether they are as effective as the teachers thought they would be.

Deepening conceptual understanding

Neeraja Raghavan

As teachers, surely we have all encountered many misconceptions that children hold. In this brief report of a research paper, the author talks of how teachers can go about first learning the misconceptions that children have and then prompting them to unlearn these and setting them on the right path of knowledge.

Discipline through punishment?

Neeraja Raghavan

This month Teacher Plus introduces a new column that looks to bring research in the educational sector to the classroom. In this first article, the author looks at how a teacher’s disciplining strategies can affect the students’ motivational levels and their impression of the teacher.