Unfolding content knowledge for teaching

Joyita Banerjee
Can anybody teach? Is proficiency in a subject at college level and a desire to teach enough to enter into the practice of teaching? With professionals from different fields entering into teaching, it is imperative to find out what separates a subject graduate from a qualified teacher. What is the content knowledge that a person must have apart from his or her passion towards teaching?

Rethinking the school assembly

Vikash Sharma
School assemblies are a daily ritual in most schools. The process is mechanical and does not involve any meaningful engagement either by the teachers or the children. Are assemblies then just an example of hierarchy and authority that is exercised everyday to instill discipline? How do children respond when they are given the liberty to do as they please? Here are some insights.

Homework for our times

Vishal Varia

As a teacher have you grappled with this problem of what homework to give today? Well you are not alone. Indeed what homework can one give to students so that it interests them, helps them learn and motivates them? Here are a few suggestions.

Sources and signs of stress

Jean Ireland

Are exams the only thing that bother young adults? What are the different sources and signs of stress among our adolescents? What can we as teachers and parents do to help them?

Observing the classroom

Gopal Midha If you have been teaching for many years, at some time or another, you may have had an observer in your room. Usually sitting at the back of the classroom, she would be looking closely at what you Read More …

The case for emotional literacy

Dominica Ireland

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.

Time-table: A regulatory tool?

Manisha Yadav

“The school day, week, month, term, and year need to be planned for a mixture of routine and variation, as children need a little of both, and the kinds of learning we would like them to experience have different requirements”….pp 97, NCF (2005).

Yours or mine? Whose English?

Surbhi Nagpal

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.

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?