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.