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January-2021

Is procrastination about laziness or about poor time management? Why do most people procrastinate? And is this particularly prevalent among students? With education going online, students now have consistently multitask, and therefore there is a tendency to put things off for later. How can teachers put a stop to this? What measures can they take to guide students to deliver assignments or projects on time? Our cover story deals with this troubling issue.

Energy is all around us, but we cannot see it. From car engines to a hot cup of coffee to even the street lights that shine in the night, to the food that we eat – everything uses up energy. It is something that we cannot do without. But it is also an int...

December 2020

Society is a dynamic unit and education should help us serve the needs of such a society. A study of education over the decades tells us how education has constantly been evolving and adapting to the needs of the current society. From a gurukul system of education to mass learning during the Industrial Revolution, to inclusive education in a cognizant society, to multiple intellingences in a society that celebrated differences and now self-directed learning in a society sensitive to individual needs. And it is no one individual that sparks change in education--it is every teacher, student, school and leader that work together to bring the change.

In our year end special issue, we bring you some of the most celebrated thinkers, ideas and movements that have worked or are continuing to work to make education relevant.

November 2020

Educational psychologist Robin Roberson defines relevance as the “perception that something is interesting and worth knowing. When a teacher provides relevance for a student, the teacher helps the student perceive these two things.” So how can educators keep learning real, relatable and relevant? By preparing lessons more relevant to students’ lives and experiences, teachers can engage and help them. This month’s Cover Story is all about what learning entails and how education can be made relevant to life.

Gender stereotypes are so entrenched in society that not even three year olds seem to be able to escape them. How do we change things around for the better asks Simran Luthra in Gender strong>. Simran is speaking to sexuality education facilitator, Ariana Abadian-Heifetz to find some answers.

October 2020

As schools shut down amidst the heat of the pandemic and classes moved online, students and teachers became aware of a new reality--if learning was to be achieved, students would have to become more responsible, purposeful and disciplined. This awareness led to questions about choice, freedom, responsibility and integrity. Questions about how to let go of our students’ hands so that they can walk on their own, how to trust our students, how to break down the existing structure and build something new. Have these questions crossed your mind? Have you found any answers? We explore these questions in the Cover Story this month.

Gender stereotypes are so entrenched in society that not even three year olds seem to be able to escape them. How do we change things around for the better asks Simran Luthra in Gender strong>. Simran is speaking to sexuality education facilitator, Ariana Abadian-Heifetz to find some answers.

September 2020

Happy Teacher’s Day!

Let’s see what’s inside this teacher’s day special!

Oprah Winfrey once said, “Anything you can imagine, you can create.” So, can the power of visualization help in imagining, rather re-imagining the future classroom or school? How can one imagine a specific situation in as much detail as possible? We approached six writers to reimagine learning and education from scratch keeping the current pandemic crisis in mind. Will learning become richer and more responsive? Will learners be more empowered? What would be the role of teachers? Some answers to these questions may be found in these articles under thecover theme.

Can there be a better time than now to reflect and re-examine public policies governing the school education system? How can schools be at the centre of a decentralized, bottom-up policymaking process? Do we have it in us to put systems in place? ‘Things to Think about’!

An interview with an acclaimed travel writer, geographer and an environmentalist upped the ante for children who were absolutely delighted to speak to Nick Middleton. His book,’ Extremes along the Silk Road’ has been prescribed for CBSE students of grade 11. Here are excerpts from the interview done by t...

August 2020

Like everything else in life, education systems across the globe have been disrupted due to the ongoing pandemic. We reached out to the different stakeholders in education to tell us how they are adapting to this new situation, the challenges they are facing, what we are doing right and what we are not. We bring you a series of articles as part of our cover theme from the perspectives of the students, teachers, and parents.

Corona and I is a Worksheet, which has activities to help 8-10 year olds understand and learn about the coronavirus.

While lessons from the pandemic form a chunk of our August issue, it is not all corona. We also bring you reflections by a teacher on teaching contentious topics in the classroom in Cogitations; the need to conserve a man-made habitat in Nature Watch and why we need to be alert and sensitive towards our teenage students in A Step Ahead.

There is lot's more that this August issue brings you.

July-2020

Active Learning is any learning activity in which the student participates or interacts with the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in the information. When given an opportunity to actively engage with the information they're learning, students perform better. This is the Cover Story of the July 2020 issue.

From this issue we bring you yet another new column, Off the Library Shelves. In the first of six articles in the series, the author shares her experiences of how a library can address the emotional needs of all children, including those who are ‘at risk’ or/and are from marginalized communities.

With every activity in life shifting to a contactless mode due to the pandemic, is it time to reset the education button? The first visible signs are the mushrooming of online classes and webinars, but can education really be delivered from a distance? Anuradha C writes in The Other Side.

There is lot's more that this July issue brings you.

May-June 2020

This math special issue has been divided into three sections. Pedagogy, which explores how innovatively and differently you can teach mathematics. Policy and perspectives, which looks at policy decisions regarding math by the government and also includes opinions and perspectives of math educators on the subject. The third section Practice contains articles that have ideas that teachers can read and start using in their math classrooms.

A peek into each section:

To understand coronavirus life-cycle, spread, infective rate and effect on human systems, everyone in the scientific community is turning to maths! Geetha Iyer writes about the importance of maths to life sciences in ‘Abstract to concrete – biology to the aid of mathematics’

In the last two decades, three phrases have entered the vocabulary of many math educators - math phobia, math anxiety and dyscalculia. Why is phobia only associated with math? Why don’t we hear of history or language phobia? S Sundaram tries to understand this phenomenon in ‘What’s it about math?’

A creative mathematics teacher can lead a group of enthusiastic boys and girls on an adventurous mathematical journey. Folk mathematics is a wonderful opportunity to get children interested in several aspects of mathematics but this requires some special efforts befor...