For the love of a good story

Usha Raman
We have reached the end of a long chapter, as we bring to you this last print edition of Teacher Plus. Just as stories have leapt off the printed pages of books and now reach us in many different ways, Teacher Plus too will come to you in a digital avatar. It may not be the same, but our stories will continue to carry the same spirit as we begin a new chapter.

What’s our purpose?

Usha Raman
What motivates a school to come into being, to act? Are schools just entities that sell a product – education? What is a school’s understanding of education? How does this understanding play out in the classrooms?

Working at micro to impact the macro level

Usha Raman
Whenever the Annual State of Education Report is released, it leaves us dismayed at the state of affairs. The most recent one released a few months ago in 2023 also shows that the learning levels of children leaves much to be desired. How do we use these findings to make a difference in our classrooms?

It’s the process, not the product

Usha Raman
We have moved beyond discussing if we are using AI or not. We have also accepted it is being widely being used in education spaces. But we need to take time out to understand why we are using it. Do we use tools like Chat GPT to extend our capabilities or to mask our deficiencies?

Imagining an education for all

Usha Raman
The right to education is a fundamental right. But is education accessible to all? In 75 years of being a republic, how far have we come in bringing education to every section of the society?

How neighbourly are schools?

Usha Raman
Schools affect the lives of the young and the future of the society. Here, children learn about the world; do they also learn about their surroundings? In today’s world are schools islands of sorts – unaffected by their surroundings? Or, do they interact and mingle with their neighbourhoods?

Agreeing to disagree

Usha Raman
Debates and discussions are an integral part of a successful democracy. However, in real life debates are shouting matches and in schools they are performances acted out by the students. Can our classrooms become spaces where different points of view can co-exist and conversations be healthy?

The classroom as a model for the world

Usha Raman
Teachers are human beings like the rest of us – they will have their ups and downs in how they deal with students. But, can they – during the school hours – create a safe and happy learning space for children?

Staying au courant

Usha Raman
As teachers we have to stay on top of things — our subject, pedagogies, policies, work culture. We also have to understand and learn about our students, their mindsets, behaviour patterns. Every minute new knowledge is being generated, so no matter how much we try and catch up, there is always more to learn. How do teachers stay up-to-date?

A bit of spring cleaning for the mind?

Usha Raman
As humans can we be free from biases? How deep are these biases? How well do we know our biases? With experience do these biases taper off or is it the other way around? As teachers, how do these biases play in our classrooms?