Re-imagining the learning landscape

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.

Breaking the isolation

Pramod Maithil

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.

Ridding ourselves of the rod

Sonali Kusum

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.

Assessment in science – a changing perspective

Garima Bansal
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.

Why threats don’t always work

Sharmila Govande

What is our instinctive reaction to a disobedient child? Most of us will give some kind of a punishment in the hope that the child will not make the same mistakes again. But how effective are punishments? Doesn’t it make more sense to talk to the child about the consequences of a certain behaviour and help them understand why certain things are allowed and why others not?

The many paths of learning

Aravinda Pillalamarri
Learning can take on many paths. Some paths may be longer or even faster than the others. However, irrespective of time , the learning happens at a deeper level. Read up this article for an interesting analysis.

The lingering effect of labels

Devashree Prabhu

Fatso, stupid,good girl, bad boy. Familiar with these labels? Calling each other names is very common in schools among not just the students but the teachers as well. As teachers at least let us refrain from indulging in this practice. For even though these labels may seem innocent they could have damaging effects on children.

Education and the global citizen

Kathan Shukla
What kind of a citizen does our education system aim at developing? Merely inculcating citizenship values may not be sufficient, because in a globalized world, our country is deeply connected to the international community. Here are some characteristics that a global citizen needs to have in today’s world.

Loving your students

Chintan Girish Modi
Institutional pressures can weigh heavily on a teacher’s mind and disallow her/him to do what is in the best interests of the child. This article makes a fervent appeal to let the heart rule and give teachers a chance to nurture their relationship with the students.

“Drawing in” the right brain

Rupa Ramachandran The topic of learning difficulties has been in and out of the limelight for some time now. Much talked about, much misunderstood and mysterious to most people. When I was asked to share my experiences about teaching children Read More …