Whenever the Annual State of Education Report is released, it leaves us dismayed at the state of affairs. The most recent one released a few months ago in 2023 also shows that the learning levels of children leaves much to be desired. How do we use these findings to make a difference in our classrooms?
Dr. Gopal Midha and Dr. Tanushree Rawat
Evaluating and assessing students is a big part of the teacher’s job. It helps her understand where her students are on the learning graph and if and how she should change her teaching methodology. But what about the teacher herself? Who is to assess her performance? Are there systems in place to measure teacher effectiveness? Usually student performance is considered a reflection of the teacher’s performance, but is that all there is? How well a teacher knows and imparts her subject is only one aspect of measuring teacher effectiveness. Evaluating teachers and their teaching is a difficult and sensitive issue, but one that is also very important. While discussing the challenges of teacher evaluation, the cover stories in this issue also point to the tools one can use to make it fairer and more empathetic.
Sports broadcasting has come a long way from the days of the radio. Today with games streaming online and the many features that digital technology offers them, fans are more involved participants in sporting events. The digital world is changing the way fans and athletes interact, transforming the sporting world.
Climate change is a real problem and its solution is in humankind working together to reduce its effects. It is not enough if a few committed people do their bit. So to train an entire generation to think and act green, we need to introduce our students to small but significant lifestyle changes. Here is a list of actions for a calendar year that together with your students you can put into action.
When you learn language, unless you constantly use it, what you have learnt is easily forgotten. This is a problem that language teachers often encounter. We teach students grammar, vocabulary, sentence structures, but don’t provide them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt. This English teacher found a solution in using theatre to help children internalize what they learnt in their English language classes.
Don’t you feel the world will be a much better place with just a little more compassion in it? With human beings becoming insensitive, intolerable, and unacceptable of the other, it has become imperative for schools to teach compassion to students. A simple way of doing this is for teachers to exhibit compassion in their classrooms.
As children we want to do many things when we grow up. But as a grown-up we have to choose to do only one of those many things, why? Is it not possible to be all that we wanted to be when we were children?