How can teachers’ abilities be enhanced?

Hemen Dutta
A teacher’s job is not easy at all. But that doesn’t mean that she can hide behind this fact and use it as an excuse for a less than satisfactory teaching. Teachers need to be supported and policies need to be changed to help the teacher do her best.

Experience and exploration in learning to teach

Sonika Parashar
Competition and the desire to be ahead of others was what drove students once upon a time. Marks and successes in assignments decided relationships that were formed. Today, students seem more selfless. There is genuine desire to help one another and competition rarely raises its head. Growth as a group is as important as individual growth. What led to this change?

More on NEP 2020: What really changes?

Pratistha Agarwal and Venkata Krishna Bayineni
The National Education Policy 2020 has been welcomed by all stakeholders and promises to change the way learning happens. In Karnataka, a survey was done to find out the level of awareness about NEP 2020 among teachers, students, parents and researchers. The survey gives us a peek into how much work has to be done to make citizens realize the transformation that NEP 2020 can bring. Here are the findings of the survey.

Having those difficult conversations

Parveen Shaikh
We don’t talk about death with children, often because it is awkward and to protect them from the unpleasant things in life. However, by not talking about it either at home or in school, we are making it difficult for them to process death. So are you ready to remove the taboo surrounding death and help children accept life’s reality?

Rethinking sports in schools

Dhruva Desai
How can sports be taught in schools with greater sensitivity? While it is known that sports, especially organized sport, can bring about conflict between the playing teams, this is generally swept under the carpet and the jingoism and hatred that comes about can have a serious impact. Therefore, it is essential that physical aspects of any game be taught with discussions about group behavior and team membership. Post- game debriefs and reflections must be an important part of any sport.

Teacher education and NCTE regulations

Improving teacher education is one of the promises made in NEP 2020. One of the first steps towards realizing this objective is the launch of a four-year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP). This four-year programme, however, is not a novel idea. Here’s taking a look at ITEP and two other four-year teacher education programmes through the National Council of Teacher Education’s regulations.

Learning during the pandemic

Vignesh Krishnan
How has the lockdown experience affected education among the marginalised? A study conducted by Teach for India explores the lived experiences of children from low- income families. What are the lessons learnt?

Private tuitions and the pandemic

Sumbul Danish
The world has turned topsy-turvy for everyone. The pandemic has touched everyone in some way or other. Here is focusing the light on private tutors.

Let’s speak up

Ashwini Subodh Pathak
Today’s young generation maybe learning the ropes of technology even as toddlers but they are losing a very basic human quality–the ability to communicate. This generation is so engrossed in themselves and in the virtual world they create that they have forgotten how to connect with human beings in real life. Let our children not slip away, let us help them ‘communicate’ with us and their peers outside their screens.