WAR – the nadir of human civilization

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.

Relevant for the ‘intentional’ teacher

Sharoon Sunny
Here is a book on the community of J.Krishnamurti Schools across the country. There are several insights in this book for teachers who want to make learning more meaningful. Tips on how everyday practices can offer teachers valuable opportunities to rethink and reshape their intent to teach can be found in this book.

Accommodate to augment

Nandini D
If you have a green thumb and are keen to include several plants in your house, but are short of space, the best solution is to think creatively. This article suggests some innovative ways in which you can add more greenery by simply trying to accommodate whatever you can. One idea is to grow plants that you can eat or try thinking of plants as pieces of art.

More on NEP 2020: What really changes?

Pratistha Agarwal and Venkata Krishna Bayineni
The National Education Policy 2020 has been welcomed by all stakeholders and promises to change the way learning happens. In Karnataka, a survey was done to find out the level of awareness about NEP 2020 among teachers, students, parents and researchers. The survey gives us a peek into how much work has to be done to make citizens realize the transformation that NEP 2020 can bring. Here are the findings of the survey.

Spark that curiosity!

Mohd. Amzad and Ajam Khan
Why is it that in a class of say, 30 to 40 students, only a few students actively participate in all the learnings that happen, while others remain quiet? How can a teacher motivate her students to ask more questions freely and also learn at the same time? What can a teacher do to spark that curiosity in children to ask quality questions? Here are a few strategies that actually brought forth amazing results.

An environment that welcomes all

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 changes so that inclusiveness becomes a way of life.

Teacher evaluation: striking the right note

Bindu Subramaniam
Even as the NEP 2020 rolls out new guidelines to integrate STEAM education in classrooms, music educators too must gear up and ensure that music teaching and learning is hands on. Are teachers giving children the best music tools? Are they teaching music not just because it is fun? How are they able to explain the differences between varied musical instruments? These are the questions that music teachers need to ask themselves.

Mindful teaching and learning

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
As educators begin to move back to the physical school space, it is time for them to set some goals for themselves and reflect on what teaching means to each of them. Ellen Langer’s book, The Power of Mindful Learning is their best bet to help them examine their teaching practices and also spur them to adopt a more mindful approach to teaching.

That extra something: beyond teaching

B. Ajitha
The educational reforms mooted in the NEP call for a re-orientation in teachers’ approach to the teaching-learning process and also a sustained effort to go beyond what is now being done. The first step is to have a robust teacher training programme that will help teachers to re-learn the tricks of the trade so that their teaching remains relevant and meaningful.

Building context-sensitivity in questions

Vaidehi Sriram
In a pandemic – induced setting, teachers generally found it challenging to create authentic moments of conversation in the language classroom. The teacher needed to be acutely aware of the context while delivering a lesson. So, how can a teacher build context-sensitivity in the classroom? Here are a few strategies tried and tested which teachers can try out.