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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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