The pandemic has abruptly uprooted children from their safe and secure environments, leaving them feeling confused and anxious trying to cope with the stressful times. During this phase the support and guidance of teachers and parents is crucial.
It is not just what you teach but how you teach that is important. There is plenty of research out there on the benefits of art integrated learning, it is now time for teachers to put theory into practice and cultivate methodologies that incorporate various art forms to teach their lessons.
With the changing nature of educational goals in the light of the NEP 2020, there is a need to re- evaluate the present form of assessments. Conventional test formats are narrow in their focus and provide only a glimpse of students’ learning. This article highlights some assessment strategies which can be used in the classroom.
The online classes and forced shutting down of schools has had one positive effect and that is children owning the responsibility of their learning and creating their own knowledge. Now with schools across the country slowly reopening, what is to happen to this trend? Will children accept and go back to the conventional style of learning? Or will they resist it? How can we as teachers ensure that they continue on the exciting journey of learning that they experienced during the Covid lockdown?
Repetition is boring but it is also important for learning to happen. As teachers, therefore, it is our responsibility to make sure that repetitive tasks are made fun for the students.
Storytelling can be a wonderful medium to educate children about the pandemic and help them respond to it in a positive and productive way. Stories can entertain children, comfort them and also help them process their feelings.
Kathan Shukla and Vijaya Sherry Chand
Can there be a better time than now to reflect and re-examine public policies governing the school education system? How can schools be at the centre of a decentralized, bottom-up policymaking process? Do we have it in us to put systems in place? It is time schools stand up for themselves and take on a central role in the ecosystem. Schools need to demand high quality support from district and state-level administrators to improve the experiences of their students.
A teacher shares his dilemma about whether he should teach in English or Hindi and about finding the right words to explain scientific concepts. The problem, he discovers, is with the children’s language skills. And the solution? Read on to find out.
Some schools insist that their students speak only in English during school hours and even informal communication between students is scrutinized. Students are forbidden to use Hindi or any mother tongue in school. Isn’t language a unique feature of Indian culture and shouldn’t the diversity in languages also be given a serious thought when we proclaim education systems to be all inclusive?
A silent and passive class listening to a teacher drone is no longer the way to teach and learn. It is time that teachers devise strategies that will help children own learning. When children learn by and for themselves the quality of learning that takes place is deep and extremely satisfying.