History teaching: a matter of orientation

Vikash Sharma

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.

What’s best for the child?

Vivek Sunder
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?

What is my notion of childhood?

Sharmila Govande

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.

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.