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?

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.