SEL: That special ingredient

Usha Raman
Over the last few months, life has almost returned to normalcy and the virus that threatened to consume us all is no longer being seen as a killer. The effects of the pandemic, however, continue to linger, both in terms of physical health and mental. Now more than ever, empathy and emotional support are important. Social and emotional learning can aid us in rebuilding our classrooms and societies.

Tackling the tsundoku

Usha Raman
Do you have books piled up on your shelf that you intend to read later? In that case, you would most likely be part of a tribe that engages in tsundoku. Tsundoku, a Japanese word, is a practice that has been around forever but was recently popularized by social media. Most of us who are bookworms cannot resist buying books with a promise to ourselves that we will certainly read them all at ‘some time’. The books get piled up and although we do manage to read one or two books, we know that there is always more to pick from the pile.

It’s always possible to learn new tricks!

Usha Raman
You are never too old to learn something new. Learning is second nature especially for teachers. Whether it is finding new ways of managing the classroom, or developing new teaching techniques, or discovering new facets of their students, teachers never stop learning. Learning and growing is human nature and that is why if one has the curiosity and the willingness, one can learn anything at any age.

Sweating the small stuff

Usha Raman
Why does caring for the details matter? Detailing is a skill that needs to be acquired because it is the details that create the magic in any sphere of activity. When we pay attention to the little things, big things can happen giving us a feeling of satisfaction that ‘we did it right’. The little things also teach us some important life lessons. Teachers need to inculcate these skills in their students so that they realize it is the small stuff that leads to perfection.

Sciences beyond silos

Usha Raman
When we think of science, we think of biology, chemistry and physics separately, why then are we talking of general science? science maybe taught and learnt in three different periods in school but in life it is connected and our pedagogy must reflect this so that children are able to understand this fact. This issue of Teacher Plus explores how we can look at science through a single lens.

Difference need not be disruptive

Usha Raman
The ‘hijab row” is now an issue that the nation is caught up with. How does the ban on the hijab make students better learners or more focused on their education? When we talk of inclusion, should we not be providing flexible and open spaces so that there is room for dialogue, so that children will stay in school and not drop out of studies altogether?

Time to recharge

Usha Raman
After two years of complete or partial lockdowns and meeting online, we have begun going back to school again. When the boundaries between work and home had disappeared and we were left with little or no “me time”, work felt like a chore and energies were always low. It is time to redraw those boundaries that separate work from home so that we can be the best both in school and at home.

Taking responsibility, leading the way

Usha Raman
Responsibilityand accountability are a part of a leader’s vocabulary. Leadership cannot be successful without either of these two characteristics. But in the education space, are there any boundaries within which a teacher works? A teacher’s areas of responsibility cannot be defined and she/he is accountable to multiple stakeholders. So much can the teachers take on?

Clarity amidst chaos

Usha Raman
The pandemic is still very much present in the world, but after almost two years, people are ready to rebuild their lives. At Teacher Plus we begin this new year with a look at a topic that has been constantly debated upon. Homework. What is homework? Why do students have to do it? What do we intend them to learn from it?

My kind of heaven

Usha Raman
This issue on libraries brings together some varied and rich experiences of librarians, library educators and book lovers. It gives us a bit of history and also hope that learning, knowledge seeking and escape can really all come together in a space where books and resources are available aplenty and where people are able to connect with people.