Early Childhood Education

As parents know all too well, children love to re-read their favourite books over and over again.
 
While this may feel painfully repetitive to adults, there is something in the text that is bringing children back time after time.
 
Children benefit greatly from re-reading as they learn the rhyming or predictable pattern of the text – rather than spending that time trying to understand what the book’s about.
 

Why many among us starts hating Math from our school days. Who is to be blamed for this hatred - the teacher, the math education system, our brain or the subject itself? Can this hate for math which we use in our everyday life knowingly or unknowingly be converted into love? Prof. Steve Strogatz from Cornell University explores all this by teaching an introductory math course to math haters.

I am a research scholar at the Central University, Hyderabad and live on a beautiful campus, where everything seems perfect to me. Well, almost perfect, until I begin to have a conversation in English with a friend or with a member of the faculty. I wonder why every time I begin to have that conversation in ‘English’, I falter: the right words fail me when I need them the most! And every time this happens, my memory goes back to that unforgettable July day in the summer of 2003…
 

 

The worst ever nightmare a child (particularly, a girl child) can have is the stereotypical notion of what they can or can't do. Unless there is an active intervention from the very beginning by teachers & parents, the fears and self-doubts persist. 

Here is a stinging satire on what boys and girls do. Note: the illustrator is NOT confirming the text he wrote. He is expecting the participant to question and engage the text. Teacher can play it and then start a discussion around it. 

Today everyone is convinced of the importance of schooling and everyone wants the best education for their children. Yet there is some confusion about what constitutes the best or right kind of education. This confusion is compounded by the three streams of educational practice in our country:

Punitive measures aren’t always the best way to discipline students in class, despite what teachers are taught. 
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“So—there’s no script, no predictability, and teaching changes from one minute to the next… so how am I supposed to prepare?”. You say.

Discipline is necessary for children, but we need to teach them to self-discipline, not bribe them to be good.

 

 

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