These videos are produced by TESS-India to support school leaders in enhancing the quality of teaching and learning in their primary or secondary school. We are sharing the 2nd part of the series.

Here is a quick rewind of some interesting ideas that got featured on the Teachers of India website. We know it is not final. We know there are very many resources you found it useful that we couldn't feature in this particular list. How about you making your own list and sending it to us. We also invite you to remix ideas from your own experience and share it with larger teacher community. That would be a great bang to start the year!

Do you write? If you do, have you ever thought why you write? This students shares how an English class helped her discover a passion for writing...


The Delhi rape case of 2012 shook India’s conscience with various protests and legislative movements surfacing all over the nation, particularly in Delhi.

This writer dedicates this letter to the instrument that allowed him freedom to express himself and spurred learning along the way.

Dear Pencil, This is the first time I'm writing to you in all these years. This might well be the only time I write to you, but this should convey the love and the admiration that I have for you in its entirety. Let me explain why I admire you so much:

Understanding why we write and knowing how one should go about writing are essential factors needed to write well! This presentation on writing by Sriparna also suggests activities for children to develop the habit of writing.

Writing is undoubtedly an integral part of the curriculum and so we compel our students to write all the time. They do dictation (and yet continue making the same mistakes!), they write answers (much of which have been memorized) and they do paragraph writing, summary writing and then creative writing. The curriculum and the school demand that students begin writing from kindergarten and by the time they are in the primary section, they are expected to construct sentences using a specific word, or generate a small paragraph about themselves.

The sixth issue of LLT, brought out in July 2014, deals with topics like literacy education, multilingualism in the classroom, politics of language, and reflective journal writing, among others. Also find book reviews, classroom activities and reports on language workshops.

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the importance of developing and nurturing children’s ability to read and write during the pre-school days and to explore the possibility of initiating strategies for creating literacy environment for the young children of the non-literate societies. Literacy is held in high esteem in all cultures, and that it is the symbol of prestige and power is proved by many a rhyme, popular saying and folk tale. Let us take the examples of a popular Bengali rhyme and a Hindi saying:

For lively interesting essays, the use of precise words is vital. An oral instruction to students on the accuracy of words or originality in writing an essay often fails to produce the required result. Sometimes, the teacher tries to guide students by providing the words which could be used to ‘sharpen’ the essay. No doubt this technique is helpful, but it does not make the student think independently and he or she writes a ‘guided’ composition of sorts.

The writer suggests some of the ideas that she has tried in the classroom and has found to be successful in terms of enriching the quality of her students' compositions and their interest and enthusiasm for writing itself. 


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