SEL: An essential tool for healthy development and meaningful learning

Lorea Martinez
Social and Emotional Learning is extremely important in a world filled with strife, discontent and hatred. Usually when we talk of SEL, it is mostly the student that we are thinking about, but we should also be concerned about the social and emotional needs of the teacher if she is to care for the student. Read on for suggestions.

Spark that curiosity!

Mohd. Amzad and Ajam Khan
Why is it that in a class of say, 30 to 40 students, only a few students actively participate in all the learnings that happen, while others remain quiet? How can a teacher motivate her students to ask more questions freely and also learn at the same time? What can a teacher do to spark that curiosity in children to ask quality questions? Here are a few strategies that actually brought forth amazing results.

Drama can make the difference

Unnati Ved
Teachers are always looking out for strategies to improve and enhance students’ learning experiences. Drama as a teaching tool not only helps a learner’s language proficiency but also builds confidence in children and makes a lesson more active and meaningful.

Why we need to implement project-based learning

Narendra D Deshmukh, Sandhya A Thakur, Vinita Shrouty, Nivedita Deshmukh
NEP 2020 proposes child centric learning as the way forward and a good way to make this possible is to start implementing project based learning or PBL. Besides being learner centric, the advantages of PBL are many — it promotes collaboration, problem-solving skills, interpersonal communication and creativity among many other things.

The storyteller teacher

Anil Kumar Patnaik
Stories are for eternity and we know this because while we may not remember who Galileo is or what the formula for finding the perimeter of a triangle is, we will most certainly remember the stories we heard in our childhood. That is why stories are a wonderful medium to transact teaching and learning. Here’s how a story of two seas helped this teacher impart an important life lesson beautifully to his students.

Running Notes

Vijay Anand
We have all heard of labs, activities, games and puzzles as different ways of making math learning fun. What if we told you there was one more way that would not only sharpen your mathematical brain but also make you physically fit? Close those notebooks and leave the blackboards behind as you step out of the classroom and run into the world of mathematics.

The power of teacher collaboration

Nikisha Kotwal
We are all aware of that proverb, ‘Unity is strength’. When we come together we can achieve great things than we can individually. It is not just the students but teachers too can and should collaborate to teach.

Fostering choices

Latha Vydianathan
If this pandemic and the resultant lockdown has taught us one thing it is that children can and should learn autonomously. So how do we change to allow students to make their own learning choices?

Pause for a moment – or half

Vaishnavi Bhat and Venkata Krishna Bayineni
Question time is an important part of any teaching – learning session in the classroom. But how often does this always bring the desired result? Do teachers wait long enough for a student to respond, or as is the practice, do teachers end up answering their own questions? This interesting article gives a rundown on how important it is to give the student ‘pause’ or ‘wait’ time to respond in order to stimulate reflective thinking and increase student participation.

Zing thing: ways of a teacher

Latha Vaidyanathan
In the 21st century, a teacher is no longer someone with sole authority whose duty it is to impart knowledge. What then is the role of the new-age teacher? How can she play this role?