I would do better if my English communication was stronger

‘I would do better if my English communication was stronger!’ – so all students, job seekers and working professionals believe. The result of a global survey undertaken by EF Education First, suggest that out of a total of 54 countries …

The artistry of communication in teaching-learning

One of the important pre-conditions for an individual to grow into a healthy personality is the interdependence upon social webs within which one operates. The life and soul of social interaction is communication. Communication is largely a means for breaking …

Now, you can learn English with Amazon Alexa

This new skill can be accessed on all Amazon Echo smart speakers, Echo Show smart displays, Alexa mic on Amazon shopping on their Android smartphones, or Alexa app on smartphones. Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa is capable of doing many things. …

Hybrid learning in the new decade

Much of the energy that drives the global economy in the 21st Century will be brain power generated in the classroom. Wherever we live and whatever we do, we all have a personal stake in quality education. India, with a …

Project-based learning: a possible path towards controlling “educonomic” inflation

On one hand, the currently persistent Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the fragile nature of human life in spite of all the technological advances. On the other, challenges thrown up by the pandemic have also highlighted the resolve of humanity to …

Sustainable solutions for the evolving K-12 landscape

Disruptions were earlier looked upon as disturbances and had a negative connotation attached to them. However, in current times, where we are a part of the industrial revolution 4.0, disruption is here to stay and has gained new meaning. Disruptions …

Developing Learner Autonomy in K-12 Classrooms

As learning is going hybrid, the value attached to ‘Learner Autonomy’ has risen, both for educators and learners. Learner autonomy has never before been more relevant than it is today. Building learner autonomy, will allow Rhea a 10-year-old to assume …

The Solitary Teacher

A thousand definitions, innumerable quotes, but what best describes leadership is a “situation and the response to it. “History is testimony to the fact that most trying times have seen leaders emerge out of them.” The year 2020 is witness …

The Mark of a True Leader

The unalloyed mark of a leader is the willingness and persistence to stick with a bold course of action. An unconventional panic mitigation strategy in an era of hyper-competition and nonstop disruption has been the need of the hour. Covid-19 …

Technology Aided Online Teaching

Introduction Man’s adaptability to adversity is amazing. In fact, calamities have always triggered man’s determination. It is no denying the fact that inopportune moments have more often than not led to innovation. The current unprecedented world scenario of COVID-19 is …

Teaching Leapfrogs from 19th to 21st Century

COVID19 pandemic has demonstrated that all teachers possess skills of the fourth industrial revolution – digital literacy, adaptability, lifelong learning and effective communication. Traditional classrooms seat at least forty uniform-clad students in rows on facing a blackboard. Classes change every …

Teaching Character Education

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Never has character education been so relevant as it …

Teaching ‘Life Economics’

Over the years, I have realised, that as a society, we focus on a single point agenda for our children: score high marks, get top grades. There is hardly a healthy dialogue with them which does not revolve around mark …

Teachers’ Role is Key for Success of National Education Policy 2020

The recently released National Education Policy (NEP) is to be implemented in phases beginning 2021. In the past decades, we have seen similar policy recommendations such as the Kothari Commission, many that are yet to be implemented. A critical review …

Teachers: At the Heart of Education

At the British Council, in an air-conditioned, quiet and orderly meeting room when we gather to discuss different aspects of the school programmes, the sound of the school bell, the chaos of the corridors, the lively smiling faces of students …

Teachers – New Learning, New Challenges

Online education has never been so popular among working professionals and students as it is now. The credit for its popularity goes to its’ flexibility of place and time. Successful institutions are those which adapt to changing times, as well …

Staying Connected

Growing up, we remember playing a ‘Telephone’ game with discarded match boxes. You took one box and your friend the other, and we pretended to have great conversations – one speaking and the other listening intently. Little did we realise …

Restructuring Education

The current pandemic has affected all sectors including education. In India only 22 % of the children are able to log on to remote or virtual schooling, for the majority of students, learning is sporadic, depending on availability of devices …

Resilience in Teaching-Learning

‘All progress happens in uncertain times.’- Ozan Varol, Law Professor, Author, Rocket ScientistMarch 2020 saw over a billion students across the world not in school. Teachers across the globe took up the mantle to ensure that their students coped up …

Preparing for School Leadership

Human being evolve, so must education, and educators. The pandemic has had an apocalyptic impact on education. As educators, we were quite literally thrown into the deep end without so much as a warning! Well, we not just learnt to …

Lockdown or Lockup?

The lockdown, has proved to be, more than anything else, a ‘lockup’ of the free spirit of young children and adolescents, who, till six months back, were oblivious of this term. Today the term lockdown has become an everyday word …

Focus on Holistic Education in NEP 2020

NEP 2020 has laid transformative ideas to reshape education. Teachers are central to the success of our education system. Four years Bachelors in Education has got the long-awaited recognition and so has the amount of teaching practice in class room …

Economics of Teaching

I believe that a teacher is a resource-a renewable, collaborative, growth-oriented skilled resource. Hence my header Economics of Teaching. To this I want to add capacity building? What does that mean? I think for an educator there are various capacities …

Developing Emotional Resilience to Thrive

To be emotionally resilient means to be able to ‘spring back’ into shape after going through difficult and stressful times in one’s life. Stressed people experience a flood of powerful negative emotions which may include anger, anxiety, and depression and …

Decoding NEP 2020-The Road Ahead

The National Education Policy 2020 unveiled by the Ministry of Education has been the focus of much attention, discussion and debate, and not without reason. Coming, as it does, three decades after the last NEP in 1984 and the first …

Building Adversity Quotient in Learners

The new normal has laid bare a confusing world, in which, a lot has changed, with social distancing norms and other restrictions in place. Learning is no longer constrained by physical barriers, it may be acquired anywhere, thanks to technology. …

Braving the Storm

The global pandemic, has altered our lives significantly. Never before have we seen a lockdown of this magnitude. While we wait for the vaccine to arrive, the show must go on. We must find ways to carry on with our …

A Practical Guide To Online Professional Development

Introduction Online CPD (Continual Professional Development) comes in many shapes and sizes, and with budgets to fit all. But do all the options have the same features and impact, and how do you go about choosing the right one for …