How can teachers be given their due? While rewards and awards do exist, the profession as such is not considered valuable or important as compared to say, medicine or engineering. The best way would be to get society to acknowledge that this is a keystone profession, one without which other professions cannot grow.
There is no denying the fact that teachers add value to and enrich children’s lives. But how can we recognize their hard work and achievements? Is there a way this recognition can be built so that important milestones and accomplishments can be celebrated by every educator? Awards and rewards, definitely have a place in some teachers’ lives, while for some others it might not be really necessary. As a
Deserts are vital for our ecosystem and they need to be protected primarily because they are home to some unique flora and fauna that cannot survive in other habitats. Deserts can be hot, cold or coastal. This article deals with hot deserts.
March 2023 | Off The Library Shelves
How can librarians help children to get familiar with all parts of a library collection? Or help them develop their book selection skills? Here is where displays are important. Choosing a book for a young reader is a skill in itself and not an easy task. If the books are displayed according to a theme then children get to know different genres of books and are able to identify their preferences in r
Schools must often engage in crucial conversations, discussing challenging, controversial, yet important issues that affect the workings of the school. Crucial conversations whether in the form of feedback or classroom discussions of vital topics can lead to difference of opinions and be emotionally charged. But difficult conversations are necessary and we mustn’t sh
Divya Sharma, Smriti Tiwari, Neha Khandekar, and Rinan Shah
Active learning helps the human brain evolve and develop important cognitive skills, and active learning happens when we constantly engage with our peers and the environment. Workshops are an ideal way of learning actively. Here’s how a team of educators put this into practice at a workshop for children.
After attending a library educator’s course, the author realized that despite working for 10 years in the education sector in various roles, she had never understood the true meaning of a children’s library. It is now her mission to establish libraries for children, strengthen existing libraries and make them more accessible, and introduce more schools to the benefits of lib
How can a school library be more welcoming of its participants/readers? Is there a way that a school librarian/teacher can be more effective in her engagements with children? For instance, teaching-learning tools can make a big difference in library sessions. Using story-telling methods that resonate with children can bring about a deeper understanding of the books. A t
When children engage with the arts, they are able to express their thoughts and feelings in ways that help them understand their lives and worlds. This article is based on a project that draws upon the author’s work with children in collaborative creative practice using text, image and sound. The project, Hum Hindustani, includes creative workshops with children that are
In the age of digital revolution, data is growing at a pace faster than we can think of and we all are contributing to it. Using this data to better understand human behavior and patterns is a challenge. In the education space the need to maintain data and analyze trends in a way that is useful to all stakeholders is very much a necessity. It is time schools embrace data as
Climate change is very obvious to anyone who is willing to observe. We also know that unless we are willing to change the way we live, we are only heading towards annihilation. Changing human behaviour is easier at a young age and that is why we must introduce climate change in the classroom. A few suggestions on how teachers can introduce the topic to students.
We no longer need visiting relatives to bring us Washington apples or Californian almonds. Living in India, we can consume dates from Saudi Arabia and kiwis from New Zealand. We get canned pineapples and frozen peas throughout the year. But is this really progress? With our mindless consumption and growing needs, we are only burning a hole in the Earth’s atmosphere, maki
Neha and R R Rashmi
The Earth’s temperature has risen by 1.1°C since pre-industrial times. While this rise may appear miniscule, the world is already feeling its effects. A solution to this problem requires cooperation and coordination between a variety of players both at the global and national level. How has the world responded to the climate challenge and what direction can we tak