Teacher Plus wishes you all a good new year, one that brings health, and peace. A look at what's inside this January 2021 issue ... Is procrastination about laziness or about poor time management? Why do most people procrastinate? And is this particularly prevalent among students? With education going online, students now have consistently multitask, and therefore there is a tendency to put things off for later. How can teachers put a stop to this? What measures can they take to guide students to deliver assignments or projects on time? Our cover story deals with this troubling issue.
According to the World Bank, India is among the top few waste generating countries in the world. A UN report estimates per annum food wastage in India to be at Rs. 92,000 crores. Unless we take drastic measures, it is believed that India will produce double the amount of waste it is now producing. All is not bleak though. Apart from NGOs and government organizations working to manage waste, there are also quite a few schools across the country that have taken up the mantle of going zero waste.
The corona virus story has impacted the education sector the most with teachers having to re-adapt themselves to online teaching. In the midst of all this, the fee debate rages on with parents demanding discounts in the school fees on one side and the managements of schools sticking to their ground on the other. Are parents expecting way too much? What becomes of the teachers who not only have a new learning curve but also as many domestic commitments as any parent? Is there a case for schools to be more considerate, and is it possible to bridge this trust gap between teachers and parents? Our cover story deals with this troubling issue.
Folktales and fairy tales are both loved by and familiar to all. In the Primary Pack the writer shares with us how she used this familiarity and interest to teach her students the English language. Learning how to write is one of the more difficult aspects of language learning because it involves communication between two people who are not present at the same place at the same time. In order to be able to express himself/herself to the reader without being misunderstood, the writer has to be clear and precise in his/her writings. In the Worksheet you have a few activities to train young writers in the different elements of writing. ... and many more!
Home Science as a subject has for long been on the backburner in the practice of school education. The low numbers of students opting for this subject, since it is largely perceived as a course for girls has not helped either. Be that as it may, since home science is an optional subject at the high school level in most boards, this issue of Teacher Plus looks at the theme broadly, both from the viewpoint of home science as a curricular subject and as a tool for overall development.
It has been more than a year since education moved online and it continues to be the primary means of transacting teaching and learning even today. This sudden and forcible shift has been anything but easy for students and teachers. We have heard from every stakeholder about the challenges, shortcomings and other difficulties involving online education; of how teachers and students are looking forward to sharing the same physical space of a classroom again. And as we hope to rejoin our teachers and students soon, Teacher Plus decided to find out if teachers have learnt any lessons from their online teaching experience that they would like to take back to their brick and mortar classrooms. Every challenge is an opportunity to learn. So what have our teachers learnt over the last year of online teaching?
Teaching is a profession that is built on the strength of relationships, particularly between teachers and parents. While parental engagement can be challenging, the solution too lies within these partnerships. Teachers are educators, some teachers are parents, and some parents are also teachers. Everyone is thus connected. A positive relationship between parents and teachers is said to improve children’s academic achievement. Students too recognize that their learning has value besides making parents feel involved in the learning of their children.
This Teacher’s Day we decided to take a look at the beginnings and endings and all there is in between. We bring you memories and stories that teachers and students have shared with us of how felt that first day entering a classroom, the first time they went to school, the day someone passed out, the day a teacher retired. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we enjoyed putting them together. Happy Teacher’s Day.