Month: April 2020

Do we still require brick and mortar schools/universities?

With the evolution of technology, the mode of teaching and its delivery has to be re-defined and re-oriented. We have discovered more efficient ways of teaching with the development of learning sciences. Also, we need to constantly figure out and identify improved outcomes with the application of technology on education. A more tailored and well-defined […]

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Time to Pause -Think – Teach – Repeat

Hi, if you have read my first blog, you all are aware of my accidental entry into the teaching world. However, in a couple of days, I learned that being a teacher demanded much more than teaching. Imparting textbook knowledge caters only to half of the job. Would like to quote Mr Abraham Lincoln here […]

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Some Ideas on Effective Strategies to Teach Math

Math is the most debated subject with almost everyone giving their opinion on how it needs to be taught. Most people believe that mathematics is about computation. You find them arguing not only for its place in the school curriculum but also emphasizing on the use of traditional methods of instruction in computation. Teachers goals […]

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Swar Or Vyanjan – What Should Be Taught First?

While English is known to be a funny language, Hindi is certainly not. Hindi is phonetic, it’s read the way it’s written. If this is so, then what could be the reason that despite spending nearly an entire academic year on learning generally a total of 47 ‘swar’ (vowels) and ‘vyanjan’ (consonants), most children struggle […]

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My Experience with Education in the Non-Profit Sector

About 20% of people in India still live in slums with minimal means and an even lesser motivation to pursue education. This blog is about my experience with an NGO, the Robin Hood Army where we took up the challenge to reach out to the underprivileged and pave a way for them to a better […]

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Online teaching – a need of the hour

With the recent pandemic due to the spread of the Coronavirus, classroom learning has taken a jolt. Millions of students have been affected by theschool closures but a great part of them never stopped learning – Thanks to the technology. Though all the teachers and students are locked up at their homes, the teaching-learning process […]

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5 changes for the educator to adapt to in the new world and 5 tools to facilitate this change

“Life is Uncertain. Eat Dessert First.” This popular quote attributed to an unknown Ernestine Ulmer captures the essence of the scenario we find ourselves. Life is Certainly Uncertain. We are treading unchartered territory as large sections of humanity plunge deep into the dual crisis of COVID-19 and an economic recession. As educators, we find ourselves […]

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Let’s Celebrate The Profession Of Teaching!

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” A powerful, inspirational quote by Rita Pierson about teachers changing lives.  Teachers, did I just say? Rather…Educational Rockstars! Right from the basics […]

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Stimulating Autonomy In children

I was a wonderful parent before I had children. I was an expert on why everyone else was having problems with their children. Then I had two of my own!!! Living with children can be humbling yet dealing with them is challenging. At some point, to some degree, all children struggle in getting organised, exercising […]

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Visual Communication of information

The information has always been the key to knowledge and visually communicating them is among the best practices. In today’s world, a lot of information is gathered through the digital or rather electronic media through mobile phones, tablets, laptops, television etc. Information is plenty in the form of data and we have multiple sources to […]

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Post Coronavirus: How Important is Social Interactions for Student Learning?

Social interactions in schools, also generally known as “peer effects,” is considered to have a significant impact on individual students’ academic achievement. This is especially true in the Indian context where social bonds play a major role not only in emotional transactions but also in economic transactions between people. Traditionally, it is schools that provide […]

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Finding the gems in a minefield

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” –Robert McNamara, Fmr. American Secretary of Defense Any good and fair system to reward people looks at the schooling system as a whole based on results and perceptions. For Orchids The International School which is always looking at ways to ensure a fair and transparent rewards program […]

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LEARNING WITH VISUALS: KNOW WHY

Significance of Visuals: Ever heard of a theory, where a person asks you not to think about an elephant, and instantly an elephant image pops up in your mind? Not only does this prove our rebellious nature, but also that we think in images. We think, memorize and remember in visuals, even while reading a […]

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Rigor in Academics

Rigor in academics means describes the result of work that challenges students’ thinking in new and interesting ways. Promoting rigor in the classroom requires expectations and experiences that are academically, intellectually, and personally challenging. Let us see how to cultivate rigor in Academics Start by Building Strong Relationships The relationships teachers have with students play […]

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SPORTS CHANGES LIVES

Sports changed my life and perspective greatly. All my school life, I struggled to get into the school team. It’s not that I wasn’t athletic or lacked skills, but my physical education (PE) teacher thought I wasn’t worthy of representing my school. One day, however, the sun did shine on me. I was wandering on […]

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The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change

“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” — Carl Rogers I got too inspired by the above quote and got self- motivated. I gave it a thought that as an educator, I am dealing with 21st-century students, I need to get armed and upgrade my […]

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TEACHERS CHANGE LIVES

“I touch the future, I teach”. -Sharon Christa McAuliffe Being a newbie in the world of writing blogs I am choosing a topic that is close to my heart. As I reminisce about my school days, it brings with it a flood of memories. I was very fortunate to have some great teachers who changed […]

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Digital world – boon or bane??

There was a time when my grandfather used to allow me out for 1-2 hours to play with my friends. If there was a shortage of any groceries people used to go out and buy their necessities. In doing so they met many people and discussed cricket matches, politics, social issues etc. Social connection and […]

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Importance of Phonetics (Phoneme) in English reading and writing

India is a country where Hindi is the Official Language. Though Hindi is an official language, each state/region of India has its own diversified languages in use. English is the global language, in the backdrop of globalisation, it is proved to be a language which has to be learnt by one and all. As this […]

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