Views and Reflections

Seeing their learners develop a good reading habit is every parent’s and teacher’s dream. The increased screen time on various digital devices seems to have enthused the young learners and it equally piqued the older generation. The debate of reduced reading habits because of the ubiquitous devices is nowhere settled. But then, is it right to blame only the digital media for this problem? We are not going to judge the arguments of both the sides.

The practice of telling stories and listening to stories is slowly disappearing from our life and society. Why do I say slowly? If we see around, we can conclude that it is getting lost at a faster pace than ever before. A pace that will make us story-less very soon. It is said that a society which does not have stories to share has no hope. How true! And definitely that society is poor which does not have stories to be told.

It was sometime in the year 2002, Anand had come across a notification by NCERT in THE HINDU about the “All India Competition for Teachers and Teacher Educators - lnnovative Practices and Experiments in School Education and Teacher Education”. Those were the days when IT was still a distant dream for him hailing from a lower middle class family.

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It is typical for a teacher to say, “Abhishek looks so confident, and he will make a good leader while Nazneen is so caring and she will be able to handle children well”. What is wrong with these observations? Well, nothing is inherently wrong but it leaves an impression on the children that can be extremely damaging. Do we ever say that a boy is so caring that he will be good with children? Gender stereotypes are perpetuated in every social institution and schools are no exceptions.

History for Peace

By meghs | Jun 14, 2017

Is it possible to teach history in a way that it doubles up as peace studies?

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I would like to present two scenarios that will hopefully lead the reader to the answer this question.

Imagine a Social Studies class in which the desks have been pushed together to make groups of about 5 students. In each group the students are busy discussing with each other, peering into atlases, searching through an index, and noting down their friends’ opinions.

One of the most insightful sentences I have come across for a (science) teacher is, "Take a thing you know and change one thing; its scale, its material and/or its context". Baahubali director S S Rajmouli had internalized that quote quite imaginatively. That was my first impression while watching the 2 parts. In many interviews he shared his childhood fascination for Amar Chitra Katha stories. He did change the scale of movie making, the material (story) was more or less oft-repeated.

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