A ride full of crests and troughs

Fiona Vaz
Time management is a strategy that we all are constantly learning and improvising. Sometimes we are able to stick to time and complete tasks, and sometimes we tend to procrastinate. In actuality however, the more time we have, the more we delay. The pandemic too has been a testing time for all of us, more so, teachers and students. For teachers, managing housework and teaching online has been a tough ride and for students, with a whole lot of distractions, staying focused can be hard. Teacher Plus spoke to a few teachers to find out how they are managing and how they are trying to stop students from procrastinating.

The Intertidal zone: Sandy beaches

Geetha Iyer
When we talk of oceans, we think of seas and the seashore. The shores of the seas are where the land meets the water of the ocean. This region is known as the intertidal zone and an incredible variety of organisms live in this zone. The region is a mix of different habitats and this article deals with sandy beaches. Read on to know more.

Reading has to be an end in itself

Chintan Girish Modi
Art teachers will find this book on artist Amrita Sher-Gil as a tremendous resource. The book acquaints readers with thepersonal experiences, historical events and social circumstances that had an impact on the artist’s mind and style. Authored by Anita Vachharajani, the book has made it to the IBBY Honour List 2020 in the writing category from India. Read up this interview with the author.

Energy – the one constant in the Universe!

Madhuri Katti
Energy is all around us, but we cannot see it. From car engines to a hot cup of coffee to even the street lights that shine in the night, to the food that we eat – everything uses up energy. It is something that we cannot do without. But it is also an intriguing and abstract concept, difficult to comprehend and teach at different class levels. Our Project this time is centered on this concept and you can find in this articlesome ideas and activities.

Coding for kids – how soon is too soon?

Anuradha C
Is coding for children the next big thing? Seeing the push for learning coding right from an early age by corporates and parents as well, it is time to sound a word of caution. Children need to learn other things such as compassion, kindness, or even relating to the people around them, rather than jump headlong into coding. Parents will do well to heed this note of caution and make a wise choice.

Lines, curves and colours

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Art, music, drama and play – these are creative activities that bring out the best in children if they pursue them with passion and vigour. In a four- part series, this column will explore the benefits that accrue to children when they engage in creative pursuits. This article explores how visual arts can broaden and deepen children’s understanding of themselves and the world.

Simulating learning environments

Rohini Karandikar and Bhagyashree Chemate
Schools are closed but learning continues to happen with the help of technology. Math or science, technology comes to the rescue in the form of simulation platforms that offer a whole new learning experience. Abstract concepts can be better understood with a few of these models and simulations. This article provides an overview of a few simulation platforms that teachers and students can check out.

Slowing down actively

Deepali Barapatre
The pandemic has been a sort of boon in some ways in that it has helped both adults and children to slow down, albeit a little bit. In the second part of our series on mindfulness, we look at how it can help build the 21st century skills that children need to survive and thrive in the world of tomorrow. Having a self-care habit that allows them to take care of their minds and bodies will help them sustain their well-being.

The identity expressway

Neerja Singh
The teenage years are primarily awkward and confusing. There are pulls and pushes and the teenager is also trying to find his own identity and is experiencing moods that swing from one extreme to another. It is here that parents and teachers need to do a delicate balancing act by not adding their own voice, by listening, and also by letting go.

Decolonizing Indian school education

G. Gautama
In the second part of his article on small schools, the author raises some very important questions and suggests a way to move forward. Covid -19 may have disrupted people’s lives but it has also presented opportunities to change educational approaches. Multiple small institutions and a decentralized approach to teaching and learning must be the way ahead.