Teaching from the heart

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
As teachers, is it enough if we know our students and the subjects we teach? How important is the knowledge of the self to a teacher? Aruna Sankaranarayanan looks for answers as she unravels the last book in this column.

Learning principles that work magic

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
All teachers want their lessons to be engaging and effective. All teachers want to help transform their students into lifelong learners. All teachers want to inject problem solving and critical thinking skills in their students. But how? How learning works is a book that offers teachers answers to just these questions.

Making mental models

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Writer and educator John Holt’s book, How Children Fail contains many insights into schooling which are relevant even today. Holt explains the kind of mental models that children make and asks if teachers are able to find out what these models are. Ultimately, the message is for teachers to see the bigger picture.

The transformative power of belief

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Some books are priceless and discussions around them always resonate with different readers as also with teachers. Totto-Chan, the Little Girl at the Window is one such book. This book is a delightful account of a little Japanese girl whose life is turned around by a perceptive mother and an extraordinary principal. Read up this book to get an insight into some nuggets of psychological wisdom.

Making learning more enjoyable

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Why Don’t Students Like School? is an interesting book that most teachers must read since it gives insights into how teachers can create conducive conditions in the classroom to propel children to love school. What is the content or knowledge that schools should focus on to help children engage more with their subjects? Schools need to allow students to choose smaller subset of topics which they can pursue more deeply.

Mindful teaching and learning

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
As educators begin to move back to the physical school space, it is time for them to set some goals for themselves and reflect on what teaching means to each of them. Ellen Langer’s book, The Power of Mindful Learning is their best bet to help them examine their teaching practices and also spur them to adopt a more mindful approach to teaching.

Can comprehension be taught?

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Learning of any kind requires comprehension and that is why this is an important skill that students must possess in their armoury. But is this a skill that can be taught? Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis tell you how in their book, Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding.

Books for the library, about the library

G Aruna Kumar
We talk about reviving libraries, drawing students and adults alike to the library. We have brought in art and craft and converted libraries into activity centres. How about introducing children to books on libraries and librarians, as a means of inviting them into the library?

Bolstering conceptual understanding

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Being a teacher takes a lot more than being an expert in the subject you teach. A knowledge of good educational practices, an understanding of the different theories in education and an insight into a child’s way of thinking are as essential if not more to be a good teacher. Teacher Plus brings you another new column, where the author will discuss books on education – classic and contemporary. We hope this column will ignite the reader in the teacher and help her grow in her profession.