The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity. — Albert Einstein Curiosity, that drives learning, critical thinking, and learning behaviours, is one of the key characteristics of a learner. Personality traits like curiosity are as significant as intelligence in determining students’ academic performance. Children often…View More The power of curiosity
“I don’t read, I proofread” – this is a boon and bane I live with every day. Little details pop out to me and I feel compelled to correct or change them – not always a pleasant experience, in fact, quite the contrary. Everyone around me – family, friends, colleagues…View More To spoon-feed or to allow flexibility?
Movie buff that I am, I always look for inspirational stories that make me think about my life choices. Be it Marvel’s Avengers for technology that could change class room teaching in the near future, or great biographies that tell us how holding on to what you believe makes all…View More Am I mad enough?
Learning to read in their own pace helps to accelerate children’s learning. Children are natural learners. They take their own time to crawl, to walk and to talk. Some walk early, some talk late. And if given suitable autonomy and guidance, children will easily explore their world on their own…View More Change of pace: Learning naturally!
‘My son/daughter doesn’t listen to me’ I hear this complaint from parents all the time. This is irrespective of whether the son/daughter is 2 years old or 42 years old. At least in the Indian setting, ‘listening to’ and ‘obeying’ parents is seen as a virtue of the highest order.…View More Is obedience a virtue?
In the race of being unique, the current educational bodies have failed to define a standard curriculum, while being critiqued for wiping the creativity out from the individuals during the teaching process. In the light of this argument, a standardised curriculum has different layers. On the other hand, the decision…View More Standardisation of curriculum: The good, the bad, and the ugly
I clearly remember my maths class, as a kid. My teacher would come one fine morning and ask us- “so students, what is 5 x 2?”. After a pause of about two seconds, we all would yell in unison- “taaann (10)!” She would then say- “vaaarry goood”. Little surprise, in…View More Are you asking the right questions?
I recently finished reading the book ‘Today and Tomorrow and’ by Isaac Asimov. Asimov needs no introduction to Science Fiction fans – he has been immortalised by his series of Science Fiction novels (none of which I have read, by the way). This book is a collection of essays Asimov…View More Awesome Asimov – Why Scientists should be Writers
A great teacher always keeps an open mind about how to best engage their students and get them excited about learning.View More A booster shot to both learning and teaching
Mathematics has this uncanny ability to polarise its audience — you either love the subject or you hate it. Notwithstanding the gender biases towards Maths, I have seen several of my colleagues going berserk around the time there was a Maths test, and it reached some feverish levels during those…View More What learning Maths taught me