Where’s the enthusiasm for maths?

Hemen Dutta

There is a widespread belief that mathematics is given importance over other subjects in school and yet we don’t find many students opting to study it at higher levels. India has produced world-renowned mathematicians in the past and if we are to contribute in any way to the study of mathematics, we have to be able to sustain our students’ interest in the subject and open up the several possibilities that mathematics has to offer them.

Health hazards of a noble profession

Bincy Mary George

According to a recent government scheme, teachers will train students in preventive healthcare as part of their ‘health ambassador’ duty. While this is all very well, has anybody given a thought to the health of the teachers themselves? Do you know how many health issues plague teachers as they continue in their profession? As she raises these concerns, the author also provides a few solutions to tackle them.

What happens when we talk science?

Garima Bansal
Is talking science in a science classroom different from other patterns of talk? In most instances, it is always a teacher-led monologue. How can teachers engage students in better learning practices and transform the science classroom into a hub for active interchange of ideas?

What a math teacher needs to know

S Sundaram
Math is easy to teach, especially at the primary level. It is only basic arithmetic, right? Wrong. It is at this level that you need real math teachers. For it is here that the foundation for math is laid. And if the foundation is not strong, no amount of effort in the later stages will help a child fully internalize the subject.

Care and the teacher

Sonali Sathaye
Is a caring teacher really an oxymoron? By expecting our teachers to discipline our children are we taking away the natural human instinct to care? Naturally caring for their students shouldn’t be an option that is given to teachers, it should be the norm.

Nature education in schools: Where do we stand?

Nimesh Ved
Of late there has been a lot of noise about conserving and preserving nature. Meets and talks are held on improving nature education in schools. Amidst all this din are schools implementing nature education the way it should be? What are we doing to bring practical changes in nature education in schools?

Towards a multilingual approach to teaching

Pooja Singal
Language is one of the most dynamic, organized and systematic symbolic tools used by human beings defining not just their identity, but lending a meaning to their existence. The universal ideas contained in all the languages and the uniqueness of expression in each language appeal to us and surprise us equally.

The CCE conundrum

Garima Bansal
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,The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme is back in focus.

Gap year – lost in translation

Kiran Gandhi

Taking a year off to decide on a future for oneself makes perfect sense but is there any sense in parents encouraging their children to take the year off to train to write exams to get into top engineering and medical colleges? If a student is taking time off in life let it be to find a direction for himself and not for any other reason.

Tools to develop a school culture

Brendan MacCarthaigh
How can a school develop a culture that is collaborative, joyous, and participative? Cooperative learning is one way. Another tool is the simple factor of applause. Team applause for correct answers, or for presenting an item during a concert— little things— but they go a long way in building a culture of team work, of pride , and of cooperation.