In this interview, renowned ELT practioner, Dr. Parthasarathy Ramanujam talks about how the importance that English language has gained is creating a cultural hegemony, why this is not good and how we need to accept that there is a language problem and build bridges to help students transition from school to college/university.
Colourful dresses, a song and a dance are not the only ways to celebrate festivals in school. This school came up with a unique idea of celebrating the festival of Sankranti earlier this year–an idea that blended learning with fun.
Imparting formal education to little ones is among the foremost challenges of adult human society. Simply because we are trying to play God.
If this strife-torn world is to continue to survive, we need to promote emotional wellness and cooperation among our children. Here’s how you can incorporate these in your regular classes without having to earmark separate training classes into your timetable.
We are living in a pluralist society and if, unlike us, we want our children to live in harmony in such a society we need to train them. But will merely talking about unity and diversity in the classroom do the trick? What should a teacher do before embarking on contentious topics? Here’s what this teacher concluded after an intense reflective session.
As we face an unknown future, which is going to require problem-solving and innovative thinking, it is clear that skills such as collaboration and creativity are no longer simply “soft skills” that can be added on when needed.
Life for young adults is not what it used to be. Today we are living in the age of information and the popularity of social networking sites has only exacerbated the problems of living like an open book all the time. Teenage used to be called ‘the spring of life’; people were happy. But now, it is a dark phase in life and unless we take proper measures, we will lose our children.
It seems like the ant and the elephant story playing out in real life. A microscopic virus has wrecked havoc in the lives of human beings worldwide. Like everything else, education systems across the globe have been disrupted. How are the various stakeholders in education coping with this crisis? Have we found ways to adapt? Is online education the solution to our problems? Are we listening to the voices of the digital have-nots? While the situation we are in is unprecedented and therefore scary, perhaps we should also look upon this as an opportunity to rethink what education should actually be like and work towards more permanent solutions that will help us withstand future crises.
The past few months have been tough on everybody but more so on teachers. While online teaching has shown that learning needn’t stop, it has not really been the ideal solution either. With little time to adapt to a new mode of teaching, teachers are also battling new problems that online teaching brings–whether it is the lack of social interaction among their students or internet accessibility. And yet there is always something new to learn. There is always hope even in despair.