Every parent expects to see their child perform well in school. But not every parent is able to evaluate whether sending their child to school alone is enough. Though schools charge a lot of money to impart education, they fail to pay individual attention to the children. Bringing an end to this worry of parents is the growing trend of home tuitions.
Kavitha Madhuri Reddy
When the numbers are small, you know which number can be divided with which other number but as the numbers get bigger you need to the ‘divisibility rules’ to easily identify which numbers you can use to divide the bigger numbers. One way of learning these rules is to byheart them, another way is to understand them by observing number patterns.
If there is a subject other than math that instills fear among students it is English. But like with math, if English is taught the way it should be then there is no need to be afraid.
Battling fake news is at the top of everybody’s minds right now, as it should be, looking at the chaos it spreads. But there is something more alarming that is brewing, a corollary to fake news—an epidemic of distrust. Are we, as a people, becoming mistrustful of others around us? If yes, what are the consequences of this?
The aim of education is to develop critical understanding in children and how successful a school is in this aim depends on the teacher and her pedagogy. We analyze how a teacher’s beliefs, ideas and knowledge of her students influence her pedagogy as we observe a math teacher in her classroom.
Chintan Girish Modi
History is one of the more difficult subjects to teach. As an individual with a conscience do you teach your students to conform to the history textbooks (which are usually politically-driven) or do you teach them to confront the ideas presented in there? As an expert in the subject, do you put forth the whole picture for your students to see, or do you just show them the selective parts printed in the textbooks? How do you teach history?
In a world that is growing increasingly selfish and where everybody is creating little islands for themselves, it is becoming increasingly necessary to train our children to practice gratitude. Let us help our children realize that they don’t live alone in this world and that they have a lot of people to be thankful to in their lives.
When you arrive at your school every morning, does it welcome you with a smile and open arms? Or are you overwhelmed by it? Discipline, punishment, rules and authority are words usually associated with schools. But how do teachers teach freely when bound by rules? Can children learn when gripped by fear? Learning environments must be happy and safe places, if any learning is to happen at all. Happy people and some minor adjustments in terms of infrastructure is all that you need to create welcoming learning spaces.
The sky is mysterious, fantastic and enchanting. There is so much to admire and learn about the sky and all things under the sky. Learn the science behind the Northern Lights, the origins behind idioms related to the sky, dig a little bit into astronomy to unravel the constellations, find out how kites fly. The next time you are planning a project, look up to the skies.
There is a lot that is not right with this world. And while we can’t set about solving all of the world’s problems, there are some things we can do to make our own small worlds better places to be. As teachers and students, our schools form a large part of our world. Let us work to make this space better, more welcoming and accessible to all of us.