Views and Reflections

To my mind, there are two compelling reasons for considering the environment in the context of children’s education. The first is that good education helps children construct knowledge and develop understanding through interaction with their immediate environment. The second is that we as a species need an education that will bring about a deeper relatedness to the environment. A relatedness that will prevent us from destroying the very basis of our lives.

Professor Krishna Kumar has written a very thought provoking article on the CBSE’s decision to make class X board examination compulsory again. He rightly argues that compulsory class X exam will serve no useful purpose and will increase stress in children.

Teacher education is currently in a state of flux in our country. Expectations from teachers are rising across board while equity issues remain unresolved and exacerbated across a range of schools. Systemic changes in teacher education are being initiated in the light of National Curriculum Framework 2005, the RtE Act 2009 and the Justice Verma Committee Report 2012.

In one of the world’s most remote regions, surrounded by snow and ice, Maggie McDonnell is changing the lives of her students and transforming her community. The winner of the Global Teacher Prize Winner 2017 lives and works in Salluit, an Inuit village deep in the Canadian Arctic. The village is so remote that it’s accessible only by air. Just 1,300 people live in the community – the second northernmost Inuit settlement in Canada – but every resident is benefiting from Maggie’s work, determination and talent.

Idea for a channel in youtube to clarify students' doubts in all subjects

By PreethiI7 | Mar 14, 2017

Hi all, I'm Preethi, an English Teacher from Tamil Nadu. I have an idea for a channel in YouTube to clarify students' doubts in all subjects. I request experts from different subjects to help me in this endeavour. The plan is also to develop an app for the same purpose.

Interested teachers please contact me.

This is my email ID: preethijc7@gmail.com
Ph: 9597260961

When I introduce myself as a researcher, people often ask me “what do you do as a researcher?” With research being an open-ended endeavour, this is often not an easy question to answer. For example, over the last week, I have made some calculations, aligned a new laser path in the laboratory I work in, been involved in troubleshooting problems in an electronic system, and read academic papers by other researchers to keep abreast of the latest happenings in my field. However, none of these truly answer the question ‘what I do’.

Primarily a child who comes to the school must always be the prime focus in any education system. Lot has been said about ‘child centered’ education but what does it mean? In fact it has been left to the teachers’ discretion to define it in their own way. The child invariably gets mixed signals as there are pretty many teachers & their idiosyncracies to negotiate per year, each year.
 

Saraswati, a 20-year old mother of two from rural Madhya Pradesh hopes that her children can finish eight-years of schooling unlike her. Kishan Jatav a twelve-year old wanted to become a ‘space scientist’ like Abdul Kalam but had to drop out of school in Class VI to help his brother run a bicycle repair shop.

The teacher has become crucial to strengthening of the educational process and development. There has been ample research to show that the nature, motivation and the capability of the teacher to engage and involve children is critical to learning.

When we think about the teacher, images of students, classrooms and schools spring up in the mind. We talk about the number of students the teacher teaches, the furniture and teaching aids in the classroom, the type of school, small or large, and the like. These we understand as the context in which the teacher works, and we are aware that the context influences the manner in which the teacher teaches.

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