As our school transitioned to online education in the face of COVID-19, I as a Historian was striving with what it means to teach history online. But as I drove into the journey of online teaching, the change worked swiftly for me. I could now affirm that History classes are likewise adaptable to an online setting as many other subjects
Kings College India started its Academic Session 2020-21 in digital mode on 13th April 2020. The unprecedented world events did not faze pupils and teachers as our virtual learning platform was packed full of engaging content to spark curiosity and continue learning. It was great to see the children enthusiastic, inquisitive, and excited to return to school, albeit in this new way.
At this difficult time when the whole world is shaken by the threat of Covid-19, when more than half of the world is in the state of lockdown, when the Academic Learning and mental wellbeing of the young generation is at stake, when people are struck with uncertainty and negativity, O. P. Jindal School Savitri Nagar, Tamnar has come up with a wonderful plan to combat. The steps taken by the school and its functioning can give a ray of hope to thousands of schools and many more Educators and learners.
Dr. Babita Gaur - Ph.D. MLIS, PGDPB, MA, has twenty years of professional experience in various academic and autonomous institutions. She has worked with National Labour Institute, DAV, Amity and University of Delhi. She is also an author, motivational speaker and yoga instructor. Overall personality development of self and all readers to serve the society with their information needs is one of the reasons she chose the field of librarianship.
“The CBSE curriculum is fine. It is the teaching techniques that need to be revamped. Classes should be more interactive and more application based rather than theory-based. Students should get hands-on experience with computers. Project-based learning is very relevant and important for Computers as a subject.”
"From what I have learnt, the right educators trained & empowered with the right skillsets, and provided the right environment at schools with the right counselling for parents, supported by able course administrators is what will help the nurture a conducive learning environment for kids."
Ms. Poonam Chauhan (M.Sc B.Ed and qualified CTET) who teaches Science at Amatir Kanya Gurukul, from Class 3 up to Class 7,believes in the holistic development of the children entrusted to her. “I work as a residential teacher at my current school, which is a gurukul. Over the years, I have observed that children are very equipped with academic knowledge. In fact, they are perhaps even ahead of us in that space. But, they lack in values. So, that is what we work towards.”
IB opens up a forum for lot of discussion and inquiry, which I feel, is a great thing. As educators, I feel, instead of teaching them content we should be teaching them skills so that they are better prepared for college,where no one really asks how one learns the content. If you are skilled, you are equipped to learn
I believe that through our national curriculum we are still looking towards creating factory workers and employees. We are still looking at creating people who think only in a particular way. So, it is more of how compliant you are; you must be a conformist to do well in the national curriculum. You have to think in a particular manner, address questions in a particular style.
In India, we do not give enough focus on teaching. We give it a secondary status. It is looked upon like a profession open to those who couldn’t place themselves anywhere else. Honestly, before I joined the profession, even my mind-set was also partly that way. But when I got into it, with all the challenges I face every day I realized how futile that thought was. The experience is really good.
Interlinking of subjects gives more flavor, depth and meaning to subjects. The logical reasoning it brings along reinforces the concepts and makes learning fun and interesting. Physics reasoned out with Mathematics is Rajeev Gupta’s unique methodology.
22 years as an educator has led Ms. Sonia Kedia into many a paths and opened up opportunities to look beyond teaching. Passionate about curriculum planning, she does every bit she can to better the education world by keeping herself updated with reading and podcasts, and expanding her comfort zone by sharing ideas and collaborating with like-minded educators.
In IB students can go into the conceptual side of things rather than only depending on the content. Content, I agree, is equally important. But, we focus on concepts. Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a concept-driven curriculum.
A gold medalist and with a Masters in Zoology from the University of Punjab, Ms Priyanka Rana focuses on nurturing, fertilizing and catalyzing the growth of curiosity amongst learners in order to keep up the learners’ learning urge. Learners’ curiosity keeps the learning process strong.
Every child has their own individual account, which is the most powerful thing. They get to build their own learning path regardless of what their peers are doing. It is their own journey of understanding a topic.
For many, the passport to life is through a professional course. That is what seems to certify you as a person who is worthy of employment. If you change the school system but you don't change the hurdles that they would face later, they will not be able to handle it.
I believed that if only primary education was made a right then we could curb child labour as well. Gratefully, these ideas were backed by Child Society Organizations and we finally got the Right to Education Act in our country.
A visionary, a dream catcher and a passionate educator rolled into one is not an exaggeration when describing Mrs K S Jamali. With a Masters in Psychology and under the proficient guidance of her mother, Mrs K S Jamali has every reason to hold her head high offering inclusive education – the way education is meant
Today, we are in the modern day teaching. Chemistry is perhaps the branch of Science that impacts life of individuals, directly - the clothes you wear, the food you eat, everything you do is directly linked to Chemistry. What you take from nature or give to nature is Chemistry.
Think teaching and we think of schools and colleges. We rarely think of those centers where children flock in large crowds to crack competitive exams and move on to the next phase of their lives. Meet Mr Vinayak Sidana, Senior Chemistry faculty at Akash Educational Services Ltd. and get a sneak peek into the coaching industry.
Individual clarity of why we are in a profession goes a long way in defining our success and the success of people around us. 4 years into her journey as a teacher, Ms Jasmine Sandhu, MYP and DP Physics Teacher seems to be spot on about path to excellence.
I have always wanted to pursue a career in education. I wanted to factor in application into my teaching. That has been my starting and ending point. I have always encouraged and made children ask questions and I still do it. For example, why do we need to learn about fractions or decimals, etc.? It is important to ask questions. My dream is to empower those who are being left behind [or who are at risk of being left behind]; and to enact inclusive, far-sighted and progressiveeducational policies and create a new age in India.
Sometimes, we can't answer. There is no harm in admitting you don’t know. A teacher is also a learner which he/she should be. It is good to acknowledge that a student has asked a different question. It is nice to introspect if the existing knowledge can answer this question or if one can learn beyond what one already knows.
Our school is a minimalist school. The children are taught to reuse, recycle, manufacture from whatever they find. The children do a lot of physical work. At school, until 11 they are all in the garden doing something physical.
Children won't understand a subject unless they understand a teacher. The first thing you have to do in class is to make children comfortable. I am very particular not to start teaching until I instill confidence in my students and they feel comfortable and confident in me.
In India because of the fact that we venerate teachers we see it as a hierarchical relationship. When you are sarcastic with children, although that child may be wittier than you she may freeze and not respond. So, it is very rude and damaging for a teacher to be sarcastic. A teacher may scold and reprimand but do it directly rather than being sarcastic.
My dream of becoming a teacher has grown through years since I was a student. Inspired by few of my great teachers, I often envisioned students who would come to class thriving for the information that I was prepared to provide them that day.
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There’s an old saying that goes, “The best way to learn something is to teach it.” By teaching a foreign language, I am speeding up a virtuous cycle where I become better at what I am doing simply by doing it.
At Mantra, we work with schools to help and deliver quality education to every child that they cater to. The way we go about doing this is via the Whole School Transformation process. We work with government schools and budget private schools in Bangalore too through Cluster Transformation.
Dr. Pranav M. Joshirao has been the Chemistry teacher for grades 7-12 at Mussoorie International School, a residential school for girls in Mussoorie, India, for over 1 year now. The school offers 3 curricula viz. CICSE (ICSE/ISC), CIE (IGCSE/AS & A levels) and IB DP.
Ahana Mitra, the Biology teacher at Salt Lake Point School Kolkata for last 10 years (with a total experience of 17 years) currently teaches the students of classes 8 to 12. Established in 1976, Salt Lake Point Schoolis affiliated to ICSE and ISC (New Delhi).
Theory of Knowledge is a unique feature of IBDP. It promotes critical thinking skills and helps connecting different subjects and at the same time helps students know about how knowledge acquisition is different in different subjects.
Physics is for everyone. In fact each one of us are living Physics every second irrespective of our profession- like a farmer knows how much force he has to apply to uproot his crop, an athlete knows how much speed he has to reach to beat the opponent who is running ahead of him, a home maker knows that the rate of evaporation is dependent on surface area and the list goes on.
If I talk about biotechnology, genetic engineering and different fields, nowadays – I take examples from the Marvel movies. Those movies are popular, currently. Every student loves those movies. I usually relate these concepts to the Marvel movies.
When I was a student, I was once told by my teacher that a teacher should be a magician - whatever you say your students must listen to it very carefully. That is when you turn out to be a good teacher. So being a teacher, it is up to us to make the class interesting. Do whatever it takes to be the magician in class.
It was pleasure talking to the CEO - Mr. Karthik Narayanan of LIT SKILLS - Brand Unit of LAZ Digital Learning Pvt. Ltd. – an Award winning Authorized Indian Partner for Learning A-Z – Cambium Learning Technologies – USA. Learning A-Z - Education Software Services Company, based out of Tucson, Arizona, USA, has its global presence in 180+ countries worldwide, and listed ABCD in NASDAQ. Learning A-Z has won lot of awards and recognition in the field of education for the last 2 decades.
If a person aspires to become a teacher, he/she needs to have the patience to explore the whole world. That is an inherently important aspect to have from their college days itself. If during graduation days itself the aim is to be a teacher, then, right from that time they should explore various ways of teaching, communicating etc.