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February 2018, Touchstone »

[1 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on Mothers and “map of India” chappatis | ]

Geetha Durairajan
Learning happens at all stages in life and everyone learns, both children and adults. When learning does happen, there are things we learn by ourselves and there are other things which we learn with the help of others. By taking the help of others, our own actions in learning cannot be belittled, neither can we discount the contribution made by others. In the end, what must be valued is the achievement.

November 2017, Touchstone »

[1 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on I am very stupid: I don’t want to go to school anymore | ]

Geetha Durairajan

A primary responsibility that teachers have is to nurture children into emotionally healthy and confident young people. Therefore, it is very important that they think about the means they adopt to achieve this.

July 2016, Touchstone »

[4 Jul 2016 | Comments Off on When girls play ball and don’t score! | ]

Geetha Durairajan
The scoring keys provided by Boards of Education are not prescriptive and should be seen only as guidelines for teachers in any language testing situation. If a teacher follows only the prescriptive keys, then a student’s creative process is sure to take a beating. In this article, the author urges teachers to change their mindsets and allow the student to come up with his or her own perspective.

February 2016, Touchstone »

[3 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Them versus Us | ]

Geetha Durairajan
Can inclusive education , that is much talked about today, also include people from other communities and gender and not just people with disabilities? Can we teach our children to recognise that barriers are created by people, and that in actuality, though people are different, they are also the same?

October 2015, Touchstone »

[5 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on Tell me, show me, show and tell me | ]

Geetha Durairajan
What is the essence of Continuous Evaluation? Basically it is all about observation on the part of the teacher to know how the students are faring. If this observation feeds into the teaching, the better, because then the purpose of CCE is served. This article is a wonderful example of what the CCE is all about.

July 2015, Touchstone »

[6 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on Students today, doctors and teachers tomorrow | ]

Geetha Durairajan

When we teach we touch the future. And that is why a teacher’s job comes with a lot of responsibility. This responsibility of moulding a future generation we will be able to truly fulfill only when we look upon our students as our own children and teach them the way we would want our own children to be taught.

April 2015, Touchstone »

[2 Apr 2015 | Comments Off on A question of agreement | ]

Geetha Durairajan

How often have we not heard sentences like, ‘I is happy,’ or ‘Everyone have come today’? If a student or for that matter a teacher gets the subject-verb agreement wrong does it mean that he/she needs a remedial course in grammar? That he/she doesn’t know English? That he/she cannot speak the language? Well remedial courses are not the answers to every problem and a remedial course in grammar certainly won’t help in any way in improving the way one speaks the English language.

January 2015, Touchstone »

[2 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on A slide, a saviour, a solution | ]

Geetha Durairajan
A small, yet important incident in a park where children play sparks an idea for this article on human-centredness.

October 2014, Touchstone »

[30 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Conversations, clarity, and comparisons | ]

Geetha Durairajan

Every child is different and each child develops at his/her own pace. Despite this common knowledge young parents often worry when a neighbour’s child reaches a milestone that their own child hasn’t. Instead of worrying over what is not there yet, let us enjoy what we see in our children.

August 2014, Touchstone »

[4 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Hold that judgment | ]

Geetha Durairajan I was coming back to Hyderabad from a seminar and I had booked a call taxi to pick me up at the airport. I saw the missed calls from the driver and took the call as soon as I landed. The taxi driver’s voice was slurred and a little unclear! I immediately assumed […]