This issue on libraries brings together some varied and rich experiences of librarians, library educators and book lovers. It gives us a bit of history and also hope that learning, knowledge seeking and escape can really all come together in a space where books and resources are available aplenty and where people are able to connect with people.
We all know that a library is a place that connects books and people. But this relationship also means that a library can change people and people too can change libraries. The value of the place and the values it conveys in myriad ways is the core of a library.
What does literacy mean beyond the mechanics of mastering speed or accuracy in reading and writing? When children read and are able to make connections, find joy and seek knowledge and information about themselves and others, then they are truly on the path of literacy and are able to discover worlds beyond their textbooks. A library then becomes a space for them to enjoy reading on their own terms and mak
Most schools do not invest in and nurture library spaces despite the promises that libraries hold because there are no strong policy documents. There is an urgent need now more than ever to have a national policy on libraries and a subsequent mission on school libraries.
Schools across the country are preparing to welcome children back to classrooms after almost a year and a half of remaining closed. While there are many things that need to be focused upon as schools reopen their gates, there is one most critical and hitherto overlooked aspect that cannot be ignored anymore — the overall health and wellbeing of the child. The pande
Even as man’s knowledge of outer space increases by the day and his search for extra-terrestrial life continues unabated, he remains ignorant of the myriad life forms flourishing right in his backyard. Our knowledge of the deepest parts of our oceans is still nascent but let us share it widely, especially with our children, so that we can help conserve oceans.
Starting with this month, Teacher Plus, brings you a new column on gardening. Gardening is therapeutic, improves cognitive skills and helps one appreciate nature. With the green cover reducing significantly over the years and children growing up less sensitive and away from nature, we hope that teachers will use the articles in this column to get their students’ hands dirty
How can we learn to care for others and value our freedom at the same time? When we care for others, it means that we need to treat them as equals and give them things that we may have more. It also means that when we have more than we need, it is our duty to realize that whatever we own has other people’s contribution to it too. A conversation on freedom and equality.
Volcanoes can be dangerous and majestic too. What causes volcanoes to form, erupt or even stay dormant for years? This month’s project takes a close look at volcanoes and outlines activities that teachers can use to help children in middle and high school to learn about them.
How can edtech help schools get better? A common misconception among schools is to think that edtech companies focus only on the tutoring aspect. But there are several other ways in which edtech companies stay relevant. From better content delivery to analytics to user experience to feedback from students. This, however does not take away the value of a teacher. But i
Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
It is time that we let go of the image of an authoritative teacher or the teacher as we once knew her. Aditi and Ratnesh Mathur tell us about 10 things that we must start to truly become teachers in this age.
The transformation of Jane’s playgroup into Sita School was a natural one. The school served the community and its children very well until modernization came and the gap between what parents wanted and the school was willing to give started widening. RTE was the last nail in the coffin. Although Sita school closed down, Jane continues to put her resources to good use.
What do the years you spend in a particular profession teach you? Yasmin looks back at the many years she spent teaching in a school and finds that life is constantly changing around you if only you stop and take notice.