Teacher Development

For Lower Primary Language and Literature Class

A teacher prepares questions and pictures before a storytelling session to help all his young students understand the story.

The practice of telling stories and listening to stories is slowly disappearing from our life and society. Why do I say slowly? If we see around, we can conclude that it is getting lost at a faster pace than ever before. A pace that will make us story-less very soon. It is said that a society which does not have stories to share has no hope. How true! And definitely that society is poor which does not have stories to be told.

It was sometime in the year 2002, Anand had come across a notification by NCERT in THE HINDU about the “All India Competition for Teachers and Teacher Educators - lnnovative Practices and Experiments in School Education and Teacher Education”. Those were the days when IT was still a distant dream for him hailing from a lower middle class family.

Many articles have been written about reading strategies but not much on reading assessment and how it improves literacy. With this in mind, Nabanita Deshmukh attempts to present easy-to-implement assessment strategies to raise reading levels of students.

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Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don't like.'" A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

 

It is typical for a teacher to say, “Abhishek looks so confident, and he will make a good leader while Nazneen is so caring and she will be able to handle children well”. What is wrong with these observations? Well, nothing is inherently wrong but it leaves an impression on the children that can be extremely damaging. Do we ever say that a boy is so caring that he will be good with children? Gender stereotypes are perpetuated in every social institution and schools are no exceptions.

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I would like to present two scenarios that will hopefully lead the reader to the answer this question.

Imagine a Social Studies class in which the desks have been pushed together to make groups of about 5 students. In each group the students are busy discussing with each other, peering into atlases, searching through an index, and noting down their friends’ opinions.

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