Plural perceptions and deciphering the whole

Divya Sharma, Smriti Tiwari, Neha Khandekar, and Rinan Shah
Active learning helps the human brain evolve and develop important cognitive skills, and active learning happens when we constantly engage with our peers and the environment. Workshops are an ideal way of learning actively. Here’s how a team of educators put this into practice at a workshop for children.

Get ready…to pause

Aarthi Prem
Life today is always on the fast track. Too busy even to do our work properly, we rush through things. As teachers, in our rush to complete the syllabus, reach the next staff meeting, or finish correcting assignments, we don’t have the time to see whether what we are teaching is actually reaching our students. It is time that we learnt how to pause both in the classroom and outside it.

Children, citizenship and poetry – 2

Samina Mishra
Working with children can be exciting, engaging and most importantly educative. In the process of teaching children, adults learn a lot themselves. In part 2 of her article on children, citizenship, and poetry, the author talks about how a writing exercise resulted not just in beautiful poetry but also a richer understanding, for both the children and adults, of themselves and their environs.

A meditative experience

Simran Luthra
When you think of stories for children, they are usually fantasies or adventures. Then there are the educational books. While it is wonderful to transport children to fantastical worlds, it is also necessary to introduce them to reality; along with magic, they must also come face to face with the ordinary. It is this need that Priyadarshini’s books Unsung Sheroes and Heroes and The Postwoman and Other Stories fulfill.

Integrating content and language

Sanjhee Gianchandani
There are many different ways of learning a language today. A relatively new and less explored method is to learn a language via another subject, in other words integrating langue and subject learning. How does this approach work? And how is it different from using a new language as a medium of instruction? Find out here.

Science and its PCK

Chandrika Muralidhar
Scientific concepts, especially in high school, can be abstract and difficult to understand. At times like these, based on her deep understanding of her subject and students, a teacher has to device effective and flexible strategies to teach.

Becoming a library practitioner

After attending a library educator’s course, the author realized that despite working for 10 years in the education sector in various roles, she had never understood the true meaning of a children’s library. It is now her mission to establish libraries for children, strengthen existing libraries and make them more accessible, and introduce more schools to the benefits of libraries.

The sports coach

Anuradha C
The playing life of a sportsperson is incomplete without his/her coach. Teacher Plus has featured and spoken about many teachers, but this time we leave the classroom to take a look at a different kind of teacher — the sports coach.

Making classroom discussions relevant

Sakshi Uniyal
When children don’t understand what they are learning, they end up by hearting, thus losing the ability to connect and apply what they have learnt to real life. If we want to help children make this very important and necessary connection, we have to change the way we teach, otherwise children will go through their whole lives not seeing how their using plastic pens to write passionate essays about the harmful effects of plastic is actually part of the problem they are writing about.