More than 30 years into the profession, this teacher talks about her growth over every decade and shares the lessons she has learnt through these years that have helped her stay up-to-date.
How does a teacher make her classes interesting when her students are already armed with information? How does a teacher make space for a balanced approach in her highly opinionated students? How does a teacher address the diversities of a heterogeneous classroom? Teaching in the 21st century is very different from teaching during an earlier time. Children’s exposures and experiences are evolving and teachers are expected to match their step with these changing times.
Experimenting with new pedagogies, taking online courses, visiting art galleries is how this visual arts teacher keeps himself updated.
Whether teaching is an art or a craft will depend on the teacher. The craft of teaching can be learnt in teaching courses, but if both you and your students want to enjoy it, teaching has to transform into an art.
Madhulika S Naidu
As teachers we have read about the many different ways that we can upskill ourselves. What is not written about as often, but is perhaps equally if not more important are the informal learning opportunities that we are surrounded by.
As she reflects on her life as a teacher, this author believes versatility, thirst for knowledge, and adaptability are the key to staying relevant in the profession.
Nivedita Bedadur and Anne Isaac
In the recent times, there has been no other period than the COVID years that showcased teachers’ ingenuity, perseverance and quick learning abilities. Two teachers share how they learnt to motivate and update themselves during these testing times.
A family full of teachers and a lifetime of lessons to learn — meet this author’s (extended) family who live to teach.
Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Eight things to keep in mind to help you grow and learn to become better teachers.
Teaching is challenging and the demands on the teacher are many. Here are a few suggestions to make your professional lives a little more simple and meaningful.