Observation and learning As the mother of a 7-year-old, I keep observing and learning new things. Ever since I became a mother, every day I re-learn something or the other. Some weeks ago, my daughter was riding her cycle and playing with her friends. My next-door neighbour’s kid does not…View More What is the most valuable gift you have given your child?
I am proud to say that I am a teacher. What better day to write about my love for teaching than today – on the eve of Teachers’ Day? I was inspired by many teachers since childhood and they continue to inspire me to this day. This is a token…View More Why I am a teacher
Background I was part of a panel discussion on Education and E-learning yesterday. This was part of the Reboot Karnataka Virtual Conclave organised by Times of India. As part of my preparation for the conclave, I focused on education through a system of core values. This thinking was reinforced by…View More Core Values and COVID-19
“I never use the concepts I learned in school” I hear this statement often. In conversations with students, parents, friends, colleagues, public, even in memes. Generally, this statement is accompanied by a critique of the education system. How our education system is teaching us ‘useless concepts’ while it should be…View More Clarity of Concepts in School
‘Quoted’ conversation A few days ago, I had a discussion with my wife about where quotes come from. An innocuous enough topic turned into a profound analysis of what is education. My wife subscribes to a weekly online newsletter of an author; quotes was a topic in one of the…View More What is education?
Changing situations As the months of 2020 roll by, we continue to sail through a pandemic-affected world. The statistics are both encouraging and disastrous, depending on which news articles one reads. However, life is going on and we all are finding ways to adapt to the new normal. I had…View More Adapting to the new normal
New dimensions of normalcy The global pandemic has driven the whole world to a new normal in all aspects of life. The phrase ‘new normal’ has become the buzz word, and well on the road to becoming a cliché. However, that is not the topic of discussion in this article.…View More The new normal
Based on my own teaching experience and observation of child psychology, I describe below what I consider are 3 major distractions in the process of bringing up children in the 21st century. In the current global pandemic situation and altered nature of our lives, I find these more relevant than…View More Distractions in the 21st century
Lock-down as a trigger The lock-down and quarantined existence over the last few months has given us opportunities to re-evaluate our habits and life choices. I have been continuously reflecting and introspecting. I have re-evaluated many things – my daily routine, my work schedule, my eating habits, my socialising activities,…View More It is time to think ‘alternative’
The need of the hour This story is from a few years ago. I was looking through some of my old writings and found this one. It makes a lot of sense now because teaching and learning are transitioning into new modes, unfamiliar to both teachers and students. Engaging students…View More Learning the meaning of facilitation