How often do we think about those who help us – the ayahs, maids, peons? A school teacher with the help of a few colleagues and students decided to make these helpers’ dreams of learning to read and write a reality.
A good teacher is not satisfied with just teaching her subject, she goes beyond to aid the child in life’s trials. Volunteer teachers at Shiksha Swaraj, a resource centre for children, show us how they go beyond their regular duties during this pandemic.
Narendra D. Deshmukh and Prakash K. Nawale
Most teachers often try and experiment with innovative ideas to bring a spark into their teaching and also achieve palpable results in the form of students showing improvement in their learnings. When this happens, why are the new methods not universalized? This article talks about how reading cards can be used to teach concepts, instill interest in reading and also explain textual content in an easy way.
These days there is a lot of focus on the mental well-being of students. With more and more young adults falling prey to depression and social isolation, their emotional wellness is something that schools have to take care of. Reading or listening to stories can be a great way to heal. Here’s how bibliotherapy can help emotionally troubled students.
Dhiraj Pratim Medhi
The reading that most children do is from textbooks, which they consider a chore. With little or no access to different books, children don’t develop a reading habit. Here is how the Azim Premji Foundation is taking up this challenge in government schools in Uttarakhand.
Can you imagine 16 and 17 year-olds running an international business? As part of their business and management course, students from The School of Business & Entrepreneurship in Ohio not only successfully run Shya Designs but also undertake projects to help local businesses with their marketing exercises.
An initiative to establish a library in a school in Khunti, in Jharkand , came to fruition after a bit of struggle and after holding long discussions with the teachers in the tribal schools. Exposure visits, library sessions, activities like dumb charades, story telling etc helped to break the ice and kindle the interest of the children.
Ruchi S Kumar and Jennifer Thomas
The public system of schools in India is resilient. Extremely resilient. You may wonder why?
Looking around the world I have to conclude that as teachers our responsibility is not only to educate our students and spread literacy but also to instill the value of humanity and gender equality in our children.
Ajay Sharma, Jayshree Murali, Rakeem Dalwai and Swapnalee Gurav with inputs from Anam Zakaria
A Skype call, two sets of students across the border and a group of enthusiastic facilitators — together they hope to break stereotypes, unlearn biases and make conscious efforts to know “the other”.