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April 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Are we bringing up our children the right way?

swapna Deepak
What is the easy accessibility of electronic gadgets doing to our children? Can we restrict their use?

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April 2022 | Profile

The story behind the storyteller

Chintan Girish Modi
Geeta Ramanujam’s new book, Tales from the World, is an excellent resource. In this book, she has compiled stories from different countries across the world . Here is an interview with the author.

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April 2022 | Review

When trees, animals and birds talk about climate change in verse…

Archana Natraj
Indian children’s literature is warming up to climate change and this book is a wonderful and much needed complement to school EVS texts.

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March 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

What is my role as a teacher?

Ranjeeta Prajapati
As teachers is it our job only to teach our students the syllabus? A small and seemingly insignificant incident gave this teacher the answer to the above question.

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March 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

The ‘little’ lessons of life

Latha Vydianathan
Little kids, very often, can surprise us. While they may be dependent on us for many things, they are also capable of teaching us a thing or two.

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February 2022 | Review

Making friends at the library

Chintan Girish Modi
The book under review is a tribute to the institution of the public library, which offers a space, a service and a sanctuary. It provides human connection to the misfits and the marginalized, and to readers eager to discuss the books that they adore.

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February 2022 | Resources

Conservation awareness through an audio book

Stories are a great way of teaching children many things. Here's how an audio book was used by teachers and students in different schools to learn about conservation.

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February 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Math can be fun!

Sadaf Sayed
When you introduce math to children through interesting and fun facts, children will find it easier to like the subject

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February 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Learning through reflections, working from strength

Varun Gupta
Reflections are a wonderful way for teachers to learn and grow in their profession. As they observe their students in different situations and their own interaction with their students, teachers become better at what they do.

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Comment | January 2022

Pre-primary education: balanced approach, need of the hour

Anil Kumar Gona
Are we shirking our responsibilities as parents? Do children as young as 2 and 3 need to go to schools? While these may be playschools in name, we must realize that these schools do more than just make our children play building unnecessary stress in little children.

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January 2022 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Stories: a way to know and live life

Varun Gupta
Stories are not just meant for entertainment. They are a means to learning about life and how we can live it.

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January 2022 | Teaching Practice

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.

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January 2022 | Review

Bittersweet memories of Tagore’s Shantiniketan

Chintan Girish Modi
Rabindranath Tagore is a big name in the field of education. Most of us only know Tagore through his writings and of course Shantiniketan. But what was it really like learning and living under the care and guidance of Tagore?

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Book Talk | January 2022

Books for the library, about the library

G Aruna Kumar
We talk about reviving libraries, drawing students and adults alike to the library. We have brought in art and craft and converted libraries into activity centres. How about introducing children to books on libraries and librarians, as a means of inviting them into the library?

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January 2022 | Review

A useful resource despite a few shortcomings

Geetha Iyer
Teaching resources on the natural world are hard to come by and that is why the book, Handbook for Bird Educators is an extremely important addition, even though there is room for improvement, to the very short list of resources that teachers can lay their hands on to teach about nature and its creatures.

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December 2021 | Library In Practice

E-library for teachers: Integrating AI-assisted self-learning resources

Betty Obura Ogange and Walter Buyu
With the closure of schools due to the pandemic, there has risen a need for skills development among teachers so that they can support distance and online learning. Self- learning approaches are now on the increase as it helps more teachers to access quality learning resources. The E- library for teachers project is a platform that is currently helpin

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December 2021 | Library As Place & Space

Library for everyone

Sujata Noronha
If a library is for all, how does one design such a library and practice inclusion? Here are a few instances.

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Comment | December 2021

Can the National Education Policy 2020 change India’s educational landscape?

Y Udaya Chandar
NEP 2020, India's most recent policy on education. A commentary.

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December 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Where there is a will…

Seema Satti
Libraries have always been physical spaces we can go to, to learn and lose ourselves. But COVID has now forced us to rethink libraries. Here's how a resourceful school librarian made sure that her students always had access to books during the pandemic.

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Classroom Management | November 2021

‘Blending’ learning

Bindu Subramaniam
Today we are still in the midst of a global pandemic but we are also ready to slowly start living our lives. Schools across the country have slowly started to reopen, testing the waters. But we are not yet ready to return to the pre-COVID times. In this situation blended learning is the best way forward.

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | November 2021

Six ways to improve your child’s communication abilities

Damayanti Bhattacharya
Communication skills are one of the most important skills in life that we need to pass on to our children. Here are a few tips from an experienced educator on how we can do that.

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November 2021 | Review

Learning from a master: The art of S. H. Raza

Chintan Girish Modi
Students and teachers of art are very luck today. Unlike earlier, they have many resources at their disposal to explore and learn from, especially easier access to works of Indian artists. A book on the life and works of S H Raza, something art teachers will find extremely useful.

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November 2021 | Teaching Practice

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?

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November 2021 | Resources

Nriching our virtual classrooms!

Krittika Hazra
Finding good resources for classroom use is not easy when there is so much available on the internet. Therefore, when we find good resources it is important that we share them. Here is a website you will find useful in the math classroom.

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October 2021 | Things To Think About

Let’s get moving

Shruti Shankar
The pandemic has given us the opportunity to rethink several aspects of education. Can healthy behaviours be incorporated into and taught through the education system? Despite several states permitting schools to operate in offline mode, many schools continue in the online and hybrid modes. While the online mode presents its own set of challenges, it is especially vital th

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | October 2021

Are we ready for ‘hybrid education’?

Kiran Sangeeta Murali
With schools reopening across the country, will students be able to adapt to the new routine? Reorganizing and restructuring a student’s day bit by bit, a small step at a time will help them deal with their offline time-table gradually.

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October 2021 | Resources

The marvellous world of chemical compounds

Hanza George, Mursaleen Shaikh and Savita Ladage
Chemistry is one subject that is delinked from everyday life when it is taught in formal schools. Most textbooks are abstract in nature and students have very few opportunities to explore experimental activities and materials. As a solution, here are some resources in the form of leaflets about some interesting chemical compounds and highl

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October 2021 | Thinkers And Educators

A mirror to education in our times

Jayapadma R.V.
The pandemic has catapulted teaching learning processes into the online world. During such a time it would be good to remind ourselves of some of the concerns Tagore and Krishnamurti had about education. For in them we may find ideas for the way forward.

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Comment | October 2021

An endangered species?

Shubangi Rajput
Teaching is fast losing even the little respect that it had. Why is this so? A teacher presents her views.

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October 2021 | Things To Think About

What do marks tell about students?

Radhika Chaturvedi
No matter the way we teach, ultimately everything in all educational spaces culminates in exams. Are we going about teaching children to learn the right way?

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | October 2021

Bringing science home

N Sai Prashanthi
Science is a practical subject. How then do we adapt it to the online mode? Here's how a teacher thought up experiments that children could do at home with easily available ingredients to learn scientific concepts.

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Focus | October 2021

Why 20th century syllabus in 21st century education?

Rajesh Kumar Thakur
If we want our students to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers in the global world, it is high time that we overhauled our curriculum.

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | September 2021

A letter to fellow educators

G Gautama
In a day and age where automation in every sector is being celebrated, a teacher writes a passionate letter saying why human teachers will always be more valuable.

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In Conversation | September 2021

The school principal who wrote a novel

Chintan Girish Modi
Not everyone has the courage to pursue what they love. But there are also those who dare to take the plunge. Zarin Virji is a school principal but at the age of 53, she decided that she could no longer suppress her desire to write for children.

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September 2021 | Teaching Practice

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?

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | September 2021

Learning from life

Varun Gupta
Learning and understanding become easy when we relate what we have to learn with life.

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August 2021 | Teaching Practice

Seven wonders: Seven essential good practices for early years educators

Jessica Manglani
The early years of every child's life are the most important years for they lay the foundation of the kind of person this child will turn into. As a result early years educators have the toughest job there is. Here are a few things that early years educators must keep in mind.

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August 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Don’t always stick to your lesson plans

Varun Gupta
Lesson plans are a necessary tool in any teacher's teaching toolkit, however, they needn't be sacred aids that cannot be changed. Remember lesson plans are a guide only. As teachers we have to observe and adapt the lesson plan according to how our class is going.

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2021 | August 2021 | Things To Think About

Helping children find themselves

Sanjhee Gianchandani
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.

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2021 | August 2021 | Last Word

Reassembling the assembly

Nimesh Ved
A brief account of what teachers did with their time during the lockdown last year when schools were closed.

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August 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Teaching vocabulary: A daunting task

Unnati Ved
Teaching vocabulary is not an easy task . There is a constant need to improve and learn new words. Learners must not stop with just knowing the meaning of a word. The form and use of the word is also important.

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Event | July 2021

Is online learning redefining education? A discussion

Ananya Pathak
Today are we witnessing a changing world of education. While this change has been forced upon us, it certainly seems like this new way of transacting teaching-learning is here to stay in some form or other. So how do we prepare for it?

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July 2021 | Teaching Practice

Using assessments to inform classroom instruction

Shilpi Banerjee
Assessments are a major part of the teaching-learning process for they are the tools that help teachers decide how to take their lessons forward.

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Interventions | May-June 2021

Teachers beyond classrooms

Ananya Pathak
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.

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May-June 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Unlearn to learn

Meera Bhuvanesh
Teaching is a lifelong journey of learning. Only if you are willing to learn, unlearn and relearn will you make a good teacher. The author reminisces about the school that taught her to become a better teacher.

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May-June 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

March is here again

Shylaja Pillay
A teacher expressing the thoughts of a student in the form of a poem.

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Classroom Update | May-June 2021

The joy of teaching poetry

Vandana Srivastava
Poetry is the most expressive form of writing there is. It is also the medium that can most touch readers and bring out in them a range of emotions. Because of its complex nature, poetry is also considered the most difficult to teach and learn. But it needn’t be. Here are a few tips.

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Did You Know? | May-June 2021

Themes that go unnoticed

Aishwarya Ramesh
The books that we read have a lot to say to us. While some of these messages are clearly written out, others are more subtly woven in and will only reveal themselves to the careful reader.

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Debate | May 2021

Board exams 2021 cancelled — Are we better off with or without them?

Praveen Kumar S
With the pademic continuing to gather steam and showing no signs of slowing down, the Central Board of Secondary Education has decided, for a second year in a row to cancel the class X exams. State Boards are following suit. It is perhaps time that we asked ourselves the purpose of these exams and how better we can assess our students’ learning.

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May 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

What I learnt in class

Latha Vydianathan
As teachers we are always in the front of our classrooms, talking, discussing, teaching. For once take time out to walk to the back of a class and observe a fellow teacher teach. You will be amazed to find how much there is to learn from such an exercise.

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Comment | May 2021

Technology in education: What we are missing out on

Loveina Joy
Technology has a lot to offer us in the field of education. In this pandemic, we have relied on technology to be able to continue teaching and learning. Flowing with the tide, everyday we find that technology has something new to offer the teacher or the student. However, with all the benefits that technology offers and all the good it is currently doing are we forgetting th

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May 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Education in theatre

Nandan Bhattacharya
Drama or dramatic plays have a lot to offer both those who are watching it and those who are performing in it. With moral values, model behaviour and tolerance on the decline see how drama can help our students imbibe valuable lessons.

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April 2021 | Classroom Update

Multidimensional word building activities for the classroom

Akshay Kumar
Vocabulary building activities are aplenty. But this set of activities will not only help children enhance their vocabulary but also aid in the development of other skills and abilities.

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April 2021 | Comment

NEP 2020 and the role of the teacher

Anil Kumar Patnaik
The new education policy finally recognizes the teacher and proposes to put in measures that will enhance the position of the teacher in the country.

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March 2021 | Teaching Practice

Every child learns differently

Vaidehi Sriram
A teacher shares her experience of practicing differential teaching with students of mixed abilities. She also shares how we can do this with limited resources at hand.

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Ecowatch | March 2021

Connecting with nature in a virtual learning mode

R. V. Jayapadma
Moving online to teach and learn has not been easy for most teachers and students. And if you are a school that has built nature walks, bird watching, and other outdoor activities into your daily routine, how can you do it online? A teacher shares her experience of how she and a colleague solved the problem and continued their bird watching programme online.

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March 2021 | Resources

For your bookshelf

Chintan Girish Modi
Animal stories always catch children's attention. Whether to introduce them to the nature around, or to initiate them into the habit of reading or to teach them about animals here are three books that will be useful.

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March 2021 | Technology And Education

In ‘Keep’ing with the times

Komal Mahajan
With the pandemic continuing to spread, albeit at a slower rate, online classes it seems will stay on for longer than we assumed. Here's is one more tool to help ease a teacher's online class session.

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March 2021 | School Management

What it takes to make a good school

Atul Bhandari
It takes a lot to keep a school running smoothly. All the cogs in the wheel have to work properly to help the wheel move in the right direction. A look at some of the things that can go wrong in the running of the school and how we can take care of these problems.

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February 2021 | In Conversation

Teaching history through fiction

Chintan Girish Modi
History textbooks are very limited in their approach to the subject and history reference books are too cumbersome to read through unless you are a history aficionado. In such situations historical fiction then becomes the best way to gather more knowledge in the subject.

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February 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

My learnings as a teacher

Sweety Rastogi
A teacher now for many years, Sweety shares what she has learnt over all these years.

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February 2021 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Corona conversations

Krittika Hazra
A primary teacher, struggling with online classes, finds some timely help in the form of a worksheet published in Teacher Plus. She shares her experiences.

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Classroom Management | January 2021

Taking care of children with special needs in an inclusive classroom

V A Jyothi
Inclusive classrooms are a tough challenge even for the best teachers. But by following a few of these suggestions, you can make it a little less difficult to handle such classes.

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January 2021 | Things To Think About

Engage to eliminate ennui

S Bhuvaneshwari
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.

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January 2021 | Teaching Practice

Unravelling word problems

Swarna Krishnan
One of the most feared aspects of primary math is the word problems. Students find them confusing and difficult to wrap their heads around word problems. A lot of this problem comes from the way we teach word problems. This teacher tried a different approach to teaching word problems and was quite successful as well.

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December 2020 | Notes From A Teacher's Diary

Online teaching: what I think

Shefali Sompura
A page from another teacher's Covid diary. The author shares her experience of teaching online.

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December 2020 | Teaching Practice

Nurturing scientific thinking through stories

Sai prashanthi Neelda
Stories make for a wonderful teaching aid not just for the language teachers but for the science teachers too. Here are a couple of examples of how and why science teachers should start using stories to teach.

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December 2020 | Review

Introducing India’s environmental concerns to young readers

Chintan Girish Modi
Conservation and protection of the environment is a concern that everybody including young children should be aware of. But how does one introduce this topic to them? How do we make them realize the magnitude of the issue? How do we get them to start thinking about the environment? Meghaa Gupta’s new book is a good way to start.

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | November 2020

The parent trap

Latha Vydianathan
A corollary of the virtual classrooms has been that parents are now able to watch the teacher’s every move hawk-eyed and what is more they don’t think twice before interrupting the teacher or pointing out her flaws and mistakes. But as the parents are watching the teachers so also the teachers are gauging parents. Here is a teacher’s fun list of the kind of pare

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Notes From A Teacher's Diary | November 2020

Imbibing the ‘never say die’ spirit from children

Anwar Hussain Rayma
Children are younger than us in terms of age but they end up teaching us many things. In these extremely difficult times of the corona virus, it is the never-say-die spirit of his students that helped this teacher change his outlook towards the situation.

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October 2020 | Technology And Education

Simulating in-class experience when teaching remotely

Dhaval Shah For a few months now, virtual classrooms have become a reality and it looks like they will continue to be so for a few more months moving forward. While educational transactions have continued without too much of an interruption thanks to applications like Zoom and Google Meet, the fact of the matter is that these applications were designed primarily for business use and do not

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Interventions | October 2020

Books as a solution to teen issues

Nikhil Eyeroor
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.

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Comment | October 2020

The role of a teacher amidst the pandemic

S S Verma
The pandemic has hit everybody hard. We have all had to reimagine the way we work and live and surely it has been most difficult for the teachers. Several teachers have lost their jobs, new teachers are not finding jobs and yet as a community they have not let their students down. No matter how difficult the circumstances they have worked and it is our job to support them in a

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October 2020 | Technology And Education

What teachers need to know about conducting assessments online

Shantanu Rooj
Half the academic year has gone by and with little respite from COVID-19, it seems like it will be a while before schools can reopen. Under the regular academic schedule, this is assessment time. Schools would have been gearing up for half yearly exams. More and more it looks like, assessments too will have to be conducted online, at least for now. So what should teachers

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October 2020 | Resources

How to teach critical thinking

Chintan Girish Modi
We all like our classrooms to be peaceful, quiet and harmonious. As far as possible, we discourage dissent, disagreement and arguements especially related to the lessons they are learning. But then, are we training our students for life? By being passive and obedient listeners in class, are we crushing their spirit of enquiry? Let us give our students a voice in the

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