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Teaching in an age where teachers are learning along with students

In our desire to support students in their learning, almost all schools started with online classes when C 19 pandemic hit us. Schools which just till yesterday did not even have the basic infrastructure or had teachers who had barely used technology apart from perhaps few videos or a power point presentation up-skilled fast to…… Continue Reading →

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Planning Purposeful Activities for Teaching- A checklist

I have often wonder what are the possible reasons why teachers add activities to their lesson plans.  From, ‘makes the class interesting-to-we are expected to do so’, the reasons are plenty. But I think one of the most important of them is using the activities as an opportunity for formative assessment. The other question that…… Continue Reading →

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One step at a time: the importance of depth over breadth in classroom teaching

One step at a time. According to Cambridge dictionary one step at a time, means, ‘slowly and carefully, doing just a little.’  There is lot of wisdom in this quote and we, very so often use it as an encouragement and advise to our friends, colleagues and family when they feel overwhelmed with some task. Also when…… Continue Reading →

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Difficult decisions? Use Force Feed Analysis

We make decisions to fulfill our goals. Those goals can be immediate, short term or long term. Goals that affect us, our families, peers, society and the environment we live in. Many of these decisions are fairly simple to make. But  some, require a bit more deliberation, thought and rationality. I came across Force Feed…… Continue Reading →

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Re-culturing and not Re-structuring: Collaboration

As Michael Fullan said, ‘words travel faster than concept.’  This is more true now than ever, what with the penetration of media and the onslaught of information and new jargon that keeps erupting all the time. There is a lot more conversation around collaboration between teachers in schools and creating professional learning communities, PLCs. Which is…… Continue Reading →

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Gagne’s Nine Levels of Learning

As I read about theories in education, I feel that teaching is, to quite an extent intuitive. Perhaps it would be safer to say that we do follow the process of teaching even though we  may not know the research behind why we do, what we do.  Therefore, theories create a shared common language for…… Continue Reading →

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Strength, Courage and Speed

A visit to the Hoysala temples bring forth the architectural wonder of the 11th and 14th century. The language of art is used to depict the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The striking decoration of the molding comprising of figures of elephants, tigers and horses, depict strength, courage and speed respectively. Not only were these three attributes…… Continue Reading →

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Financial literacy for students

As early as 2005, the OECD recommendation advised that “financial education should start at school. People should be educated about financial matters as early as possible in their lives” (OECD, 2005a). It is important to establish early foundation in financial literacy as children today will not only experience complexity in financial products but also bear…… Continue Reading →

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The Ethics of Trust in Teaching- Part 1

“A sense of responsibility in teaching pushes us constantly to think about and promote the best interests of our students. In contrast, the demand for accountability often induces mere compliance.” Nel Noddings The teacher-learner relationship is fragile in nature. It is based on trust and empathy. Pupils learn best when they feel cared, protected and…… Continue Reading →

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