Articles in the Things to Think About Category
February 2017, Things to Think About »
Schools exist not just to teach math and science to children. Let us work towards our children’s emotional well-being and wholesome development as well by incorporating Social and Emotional Learning programmes into our curriculum.
January 2017, Things to Think About »
“The school day, week, month, term, and year need to be planned for a mixture of routine and variation, …
November 2016, Things to Think About »
English teaching in Indian classrooms is usually associated with grammatical competence. Since the globalised world demands competence ,teachers and educators must give due importance to culture and context when teaching English as a second language. The article highlights a recent initiative in this direction.
October 2016, Things to Think About »
Why do we teach our students history? Is it only so that it can help students answer quiz questions and maybe write the Civil Service exams? History is taught so that students learn to reflect, understand and live better lives today. For that to happen it is important that we show our students the connection between the past and the present. Here’s how this teacher did it.
July 2016, Things to Think About »
A teacher is constantly in a dilemma trying to find out what is really good for the child and then actually working on it. But in all this, he/she also faces the conflict of trying to please the school management and the parents . So where does that leave the child?
April 2016, Things to Think About »
Teachers play a significant role in the development of children. But does their understanding of childhood impact the development? Are the perceptions, attitudes and demands of teachers in tune with the rights of the child like the right to play, right to expression, right to education etc? It is time teachers and parents reflected on these points before they form their own notion of what childhood is.
February 2016, Things to Think About »
Shikha Takker and Ritesh Khunyakari
How can the dominant view of a classroom be changed to recognise its worth as a valuable resource for learning of teachers and teacher educators? Classrooms need to be viewed not just as spaces for ‘practice’ but as a resource enabling learning. Both teacher educators and classroom teachers can nurture each others’ learning experiences by changing the way classrooms can be used.
January 2016, Things to Think About »
If a teacher has to stay focused, passionate and interested in his/her job the school should play a good supporting role and not leave the teacher to carry on alone. So in what way can schools support their teachers? Find out how here.
November 2015, Things to Think About »
Corporal punishment is no longer legal but that hasn’t stopped some schools from meteing them out. While there are laws and systems in place to deal with those who indulge in corporal punishment, their implementation is still wanting.
August 2015, Things to Think About »
Science teaching requires that students’ inquiry skills and understanding of concepts be honed for them to develop a scientific bent of mind. Assessment procedures, in particular, need to go beyond the pencil- paper tests and year end examinations. The tasks need to probe the students’ conceptual understanding and application of ideas.