Everybody wants to send their children to schools with the best teachers, but neither the children we teach nor the parents accept teaching as a viable profession. When will teaching become a job that our students aspire to?
The school tiffin box is a source of constant tussle between nutrition conscious parents and junk food loving children. This teacher narrates two separate tiffin box related instances that led to her school to formulate a breakfast schedule thereby ending the morning tussle.
Gender stereotypes are so entrenched in our minds and society that even little children can’t seem to escape them. How do we wipe the slate clean and start afresh when even three year olds insist that blue is for boys and pink for girls? Ariana Abadian-Heifetz, sexuality education facilitator, tells teachers how they should help students dissect and question such biases and build a healthier understanding of manhood and womanhood.
Technology is growing and at a fast pace. From the mobile phone in your hand to the computer on your desk, newer models with greater efficiency are released almost every day. And growing at just the same pace is a by-product of this industry – e-waste. Did you know that India is the third largest generator of e-waste in the world? We need solutions to this problem and the first step towards finding one is becoming aware of the problem. Here is a project that runs across levels and subject areas to do with your children.
Uncontrolled anger is fast turning into a real problem even in our classrooms. The teacher is angry and the students are shouting and fighting. We all need to learn how to control and manage our anger. And here’s an angry lesson plan to help you with that.
When one thinks of online learning, the issues that come to mind are those of accessibility and connectivity. We also think about how quickly teachers have had to adapt to these new methods of teaching. But have we stopped to ask how students feel about using online platforms to learn? Simply because they were born in the digital era, are we assuming that they know their way around anything digital? What can we do to make online learning comfortable for both the teacher and the student?
What is a democratic school? Do we need such a school in a democratic country like India? How different is this school from a regular school? It was in search of answers to these questions that the author visited Umang Paathshala in Haryana.
A good teacher continues to learn and grow in her profession. And this she can do not just by attending workshops and refresher courses but by being alert and attentive in her very own classroom and knowticing her students and learning from them how to teach them better.
Too fat, too thin, too hairy, no hair at all, body image concerns are so real for young adults that they don’t think twice before going under the surgeon’s knife to get what they believe is the most desirable body. This is a worrying trend. Insensitive name calling and the ideal of beauty as portrayed in the media only add to the problem. Let us comfort our adolescents and help them focus on their inner beauty instead.
In the last article of this short series, we bring you three very different educators, their thoughts about development and how they see education playing a big role in achieving equality, peace and understanding among the global population.