Teaching

In the classroom of a government-aided school where I teach, two worlds collide. One, is the children’s, a world of dreams and hope, of song and poetry. The other, is, well, the world, the ‘big scary real’ world, as they say. A world of survival and commerce, of struggle and dismay. 

As a teacher of students who are 10 years old on an average, it is never easy to bring these two worlds together, in a way that does not leave them confused. It is a challenge to allow the children to imagine, as well as, to be in tune with reality.

In recent times the mass media have drawn a lot of criticism for their negative influence on society, particularly children. The new generation is often seen as devoid of values, hooked to easy forms of entertainment and completely immune to the problems faced by many disadvantaged groups. As teachers and parents, we cannot do much to control the media environment our children live in.

This issue of Learning Curve focuses on 'Innovative teaching-learning practices' - recipes that have been tried and tested and found to be efficacious, not methods recommended by textbooks. They are practical and completely doable in the most ordinary circumstances, as most classrooms in India find themselves in. No special equipment is required to try out these ways of teaching and the common thread running through them is just the desire to make a difference.

There are different ways to bring value education into our school and classroom. This article shares with you approaches on how to go about doing so...

If you believe that Value Education is a must in today’s world but don’t know how to go about it then here are three major approaches to Value Education/ Character Education/ Moral Education which are used globally, and could give you some ideas.

The Direct Approach- To teach values during planned VE classes

A common thing that a lot of teachers admit to is that they are not just teachers in their classroom but they are also students. Every teacher learns as much from her students as she teaches them.

For the world outside, a teacher has the easiest and best job in the world. She doesn’t have to work long hours, gets two months of vacation is surrounded by youthful exuberance all the time. It is true that a teacher who loves to teach does have one of the best jobs in the world but the reasons for that are quite different.

Teaching is one of the most satisfactory jobs because you have the opportunity to mould young minds and influence and shape their future.

Teachers are given special training to care for children in primary school, but what about teachers handling adolescent children? As children are at a very tender stage in their lives, teachers handling adolescent children too need to be trained.

To teach Physics more meaningfully, there is a need to completely rethink, re-create and reinvent the subject. How this reinvention can be done is the basis of this article.

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

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