I liked the article An introduction to excellence which appeared in the October 2009 issue of Teacher Plus. It reminded me of the words of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. “A teacher can only teach if he keeps on learning that a lamp cannot light up another light unless it has its own flame”. I am a teacher in a public school in Jodhpur. I have gained a lot through the various enlightening articles in your magazine. My classroom management is better than before and I am also learning to understand my students better.
Shalini Choudhary, Rajasthan.
The last word
I always find your articles in the column Last Word very interesting. They are often to the point and hit the nail right on the head.
Manvinder Kaur, Maharashtra.
A complete magazine
Reading the October 09 issue was really an eye-opener. The cover story, Watch out for burnout was especially good. The writer has put forth the problems that teachers face and the circumstances under which these problems arise. The good thing is the writer also has solutions to deal with these problems. The article, Tackling tattling also had very practical suggestions on how to deal with tattlers in the classroom. Asking the always complaining child to write down his/her complaint and put it in a box is a wonderful way to deal with the problem. It actually serves two purposes, the child’s written ability increases and the next time he/she will think twice before complaining.
An A-Z of classroom management was worth reading as it enlightens a teacher about how he /she can perform while in the classroom. When grammar comes alive, An introduction to excellence, The second class citizen were all great reading material as well. A life changing moment by Zeba Raziunnisa was also very touching. It reminded me of some of my teachers who made a difference in my life as a student.
Your magazine gives a reader what is not available elsewhere; it gives us answers to our day-to-day problems and how to solve them. Thank you very much.
Madhu Kapoor, New Delhi
Simple and fun tips to teach
The October issue of Teacher Plus was a real treat. There were a lot of simple but very effective tips on teaching grammar and handling students. The article ‘Laugh, play, learn with musical chairs’ was particularly interesting because it teaches children the art of accommodating others, rather than of edging others out! If we had a big enough chair, I think it would be a terrific game for adults to play too! Sheel’s article on grammar will probably encourage many a teacher to make it a fun subject and definitely more related to language, rather than rules!
Manaswini Sridhar, Chennai.