Do you have books piled up on your shelf that you intend to read later? In that case, you would most likely be part of a tribe that engages in tsundoku. Tsundoku, a Japanese word, is a practice that has been around forever but was recently popularized by social media. Most of us who are bookworms cannot resist buying books with a promise to ourselves that we will certainly read them all at ‘some time’
Can working professionals ever be friends in the true sense of the word? Most would agree that this could be next to impossible. However, the education space begs to be different. In a school, when colleagues become friends, the relationship moves to a new level, bringing with it a sense of satisfaction and achievement that would not have been possible otherwise. Our September special issue in vi
Friendship has no boundaries whether at the academic level or non- academic level. If you are on a journey towards becoming a better teacher, look no further than your colleague in the staffroom. The collaborative nature of teaching can provide the right impetus and framework to look objectively at teaching practices, join hands with your peers for feedback and design interventions to address the most pres
In a teacher-student relationship, do the power dynamics change? How far can a teacher get friendly with a student? In this day and age, a teacher’s role is more like a compass where she guides a student, not just in academics but in life too. Teacher stories beyond subjects are worth celebrating, their struggles are inspirational and their sensitivity towards students can come to the fore in several c
When we think of language in a school setting, we only think of it in terms of a subject or subjects to be learnt. But language is also used to transact lessons. As teachers we aim to deliver the perfect lesson but don’t give much thought to the vocabulary we use to deliver those lessons. We are also caregivers, guides, and counsellors to our students but may not always be m
Competition and the desire to be ahead of others was what drove students once upon a time. Marks and successes in assignments decided relationships that were formed. Today, students seem more selfless. There is genuine desire to help one another and competition rarely raises its head. Growth as a group is as important as individual growth. What led to this change?
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The damage being caused to the environment is of great concern and the need to conserve and increase the green cover is immediate. By putting into action a green vision for the school, this school from Hyderabad is raising sensitive and concerned children who will hopefully use the lessons they learnt in school to make a greener tomorrow.
How can schools create an environment that is inclusive? And what does ‘environment’ stand for? Library spaces to playgrounds or even display boards come under ’environment’. Each of these elements need attention to create inclusiveness, not forgetting the people who are part of the school space. As the new school year begins, every school must try and bring in small chan
How and why do countries go to war? Can a war really resolve conflict among nations and people? What lessons can students learn from the wars that were fought earlier? This month’s project discusses all these questions and more along with activities that will help students understand the nuances of war and that history is always with us.
How do schools measure the capabilities of their most crucial employees — the teachers? There are complex interactions at every level, so what practices do the schools adopt to evaluate their teachers? And can teaching be truly measured? The emotional labour that goes into teaching or the time and effort put into preparation cannot just be wished away based on someone el
Stamps may not be in regular use today, yet their importance has not decreased. Stamps continue to be one of the best ways for countries to showcase their culture, raise public awareness, and recognize people and events of national importance. Stamps can also become teaching aids for the teacher in the classroom. Here’s how you can study more about insects via insect stamps r
What is science? Is it something that is confined only to the laboratories and involves nerdy men in lab coats fiddling with expensive instruments? Certainly not. Science is in our everyday lives. It involves asking questions, identifying problems and finding solutions. Science is not limited to a few people, it is social and meant for everybody.
Science pedagogy should involve exploration, experimentation, analysis, observation and questioning. But is this a reality in the classroom? With a vast syllabus to complete and examinations being the end, teachers are either not inclined or don’t have the time to ignite curiosity in children. Learning science has to be an active process and for that the way we teach