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First Steps, March 2018 »

[1 Mar 2018 | Comments Off on Conquering the kingdom of fears | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

If you are scared of something, should it be a cause of worry? Is it necessary that your child be brave, strong and fearless always? Why do we tell children not to be afraid of the dark, not to be afraid of heights, not to be afraid of water? Instead of constantly telling them that they are flawed, why don’t we allow our children to fight their fears themselves and only be their pillars of support?

February 2018, First Steps »

[1 Feb 2018 | Comments Off on A future without schools | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Can we envisage a future without schools? A future where learning is happening on the go, all the time ? Where there is no syllabus, where children can learn from the teacher they wish to learn from, or learn any subject that they like? Well, it does seem like this situation is not far off. That is the beauty of learning using technology. But technology should only be an enabler and students and teachers need to be ready to embrace it, since it is all in place.

First Steps, January 2018 »

[29 Dec 2017 | Comments Off on An invitation to wonder | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Curiosity and inquisitiveness are what lead to learning. Therefore let us give children the space and freedom to inquire, wonder and imagine. Let us not cramp their urge to learn by giving them answers off books.

First Steps, November 2017 »

[1 Nov 2017 | Comments Off on Dear Teacher… from Yours sincerely | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

In the form of a letter to teachers, the authors ask you searching questions that lead you to rethink the “idea” of a teacher.

First Steps, October 2017 »

[3 Oct 2017 | Comments Off on Not a textbook, but a travel guide | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Most teachers and parents swear by textbooks and insist that children should follow them. But what if you are not the textbook sort? Supposing you want to travel? Will your trip be driven by the textbook or would you like to plan your own fun trip? Here are some interesting tips on how you can take that fun trip to anywhere using not a text book but a travel guide.

August 2017, First Steps »

[1 Aug 2017 | Comments Off on A culture of co-learning | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can schools create a culture of learning? All they have to do is to look within. Every school has an amazing pool of resources– the staff— to design and create their own learning journey. With this in place , a beautiful learning environment can be created when teachers train each other.

First Steps, March 2017 »

[2 Mar 2017 | One Comment | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
A peer to peer counselling system is something that every school must consider introducing. When a child is counselled by another child or a group of children, there are bound to be several benefits. The dynamics of any peer- to – peer interaction is different when compared to any adult- child interaction. Aspects such as bonding, trusting, listening are all different and add to the richness of any child’s journey through school.

February 2017, First Steps »

[3 Feb 2017 | Comments Off on Values and Rules: an unlikely love story | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Why are values and rules always seen as two different entities? They are really like the two hands of a clock, working together to take us to one destination. From a young age, instead of just imposing rules and preaching values, it is necessary that we get the children to question, talk, evaluate, make, and break rules and values so that they grow up understanding rules and values entirely.

First Steps, January 2017 »

[4 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Everybody loves a hero | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Everybody loves a hero because he has so much of heroism in him.Perseverance, courage, sense of humour and righeousness — these are traits that we find in every hero. Can we probe further into ourselves and check if we have them as well? That is because each and everyone of us can be a hero. The authors of this article tell us how we can become one.

First Steps, November 2016 »

[2 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Reflect and learn | ]

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Is assessment in learning necessary? Can we not learn new skills because we enjoy it or because we can see the value in learning? Our learning environments should be designed in such a way that they invite children to do, to learn and to play, not because they are going to be assessed but because they can learn and enjoy and benefit from the learning.