Schools affect the lives of the young and the future of the society. Here, children learn about the world; do they also learn about their surroundings? In today's world are schools islands of sorts - unaffected by their surroundings? Or, do they interact and mingle with their neighbourhoods?
Can creating safe spaces for children (and young adults) to access – read – discuss books enable them to get lost in the world of books? Can these spaces also help them to bond with each other, to grow as individuals and to express better?
The need to belong has implications on our physical and mental health. A lack of belonging can cause depression or anti-social behaviour. The feeling of belonging, on the other hand, can positively affect academic performance and provide a lifetime of benefits. What skills will help students develop their sense of identity? What opportunities can schools provide to
Traditional teaching methods don’t hold a student’s attention for long. And when students are not attentive, they don’t retain what they have learnt. So how can a teacher make her classes engaging enough to allow students to imbibe what they are learning? Have you tried theatre yet?
While most of us may have a surface level understanding of learning disabilities like dyslexia, not many of us stop to think of what life is actually like for a dyslexic child in school. What can schools do to support these differently-abled children?
This month we look at critical literacy. The article raises a series of questions. Do we see stories of those lesser privileged than us only from our lens? Do we question the stories enough? Do we question the adversity in a story and whether we as citizens have played a role in the existence of the adversity?
The author asks questions about AI and homework; questions many of us may soon grapple with. Do children use AI to do homework? How can teachers figure this out? What can teachers do to discourage students from falling into this trap?
Work and education are inseparable. Play is the work of childhood and work is the play of childhood! The author delves deep into this taking us to her childhood as also explaining the approach at the school she is a part of. She also quotes Tagore, Tolstoy and Read to underscore the point.
Teaching is perhaps one of the most challenging professions there is. The demands on the teacher are many — keep up with new knowledge, create innovative pedagogies, engage the student, stay abreast of the policies in education, tune in to the students and their needs, handle orders from school and answer questions from parents. While we are expecting all of this and mo