Handling the homework bogey

Manaswini Sridhar
Homework is anathema to students and when the teacher gives it, it is met with grumbles, moans and protests. How can a teacher handle this bogey and get the children to do their homework willingly? Here are a few points to consider.

Breaking away from technology

Manaswini Sridhar
There is so much talk about technology and its foray into education and how teachers have no choice but to embrace this change in their lives. While this is true, it is also true that several many teachers don’t have any access to technology. In such cases what are the resources that teachers can rely upon?

Embrace the exam…like it was your best friend!

Manaswini Sridhar
As parents, we don’t blink even once to admit a three-and-a-half year old infant to Lower Kindergarten. Sometimes, we banish our children to school even at the age of three because we do not want our child to ‘waste’ an academic year and stay back at home, playing and getting better acquainted with the family and the rest of the world.

Excavating information on the Net

Ekta Singla
Any information, whether it is booking your tickets to travel, history of your city, learning to play an instrument or perhaps repairing your own car, one can find information on anything without leaving the confines of one’s house or school. And yet, in this brave new world of Internet, finding relevant information is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Eins, two, teen, nalgu….

Manaswini Sridhar
Children love numbers and count anything that catches their eye—- from the number of vehicles on the road to birds sitting on a wall. As they grow however and into middle school, their fears about math and numbers surface and they begin to dislike the subject. How can children conquer their fears and develop mathematical skills? Teachers can put up puzzles on the walls and ask students to come up with their own puzzles based on the concept that is taught.

The story weavers

Manaswini Sridhar

Creative writing classes can sometimes turn out to be very boring. How can we make creative writing fun and exciting for the students? Here is a resource that gives you interesting assignment ideas to help children along in their creative writing.

Integrating to learn, learning to integrate

Ravindra P. N.
Can learning happen only in classrooms or laboratories? Can reading be the only way to learn? So many different concepts are learned at school. Can all these be integrated? Students need to be guided towards learning that is broader and less marks- oriented and this can be achieved by making simple and small changes to the usual pedagogic methods. This article helps in drawing up a lesson plan for teachers to use in addition to the existing methods that they follow.

Acharya devo bhava

Manaswini Sridhar

When society itself seems to have lost its regard and respect for teachers, can we expect our children to be respectful towards their teachers? Teachers continue to do the same job today as they did once upon a time. In fact their responsibilities have only increased. So while we may have very good and not so good teachers, let us give them the respect they deserve.

Put your best face forward

Manaswini Sridhar
As teachers, have you have wondered why your teaching does not strike a chord with students, at least sometimes? Have you taken the time to take a re-look at yourself and your teaching methodologies? Teachers constantly nag students to change their learning styles but they themselves are so set in their ways. What can a teacher do to present herself as a friendly person? This article suggests that teachers must change their body language so that they are seen as smiling and friendly personalities. A course in voice modulation will also help.

Shall I mind the class?

Manaswini Sridhar
If you are a teacher of math, science or even art, should a workshop on English teaching interest you? Yes, it should. Because when you use English as a communication tool to teach your subjects, it is imperative that you understand the language and speak it correctly. Also , workshops are an opportunity to enrich yourself since you get to interact with other participants .