The Art of Constructive Criticism

Being a teacher is a tough job. Handling kids in the classroom, planning lessons, preparing tests, correcting test papers, attending parent-teacher meetings and teacher conferences while trying to cover the vast syllabus prescribed for the academic year…Phew! Things can become a tad bit overwhelming.  Continue reading “The Art of Constructive Criticism”

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The role of teachers in guiding students to identify biases, stereotypes, and omissions in literature, media, and curriculum

We are blessed to be living in an era where there is an open conversation about biases and prejudices such as racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, etc. And I firmly believe that teachers do have a role in helping students have a clear picture of these biases and help them to identify these biases in our age-old curriculum as well as literature.

Do check out this amazing write up to understand how teachers can shape the views of students by enlightening them about age-old prejudices prevalent in our books, media and culture.

 

The purpose of education is to empower students to become excellent functioning individuals in a diverse multicultural environment (Lin, Lake & Rice, 2008). The world at present is beset with political and economic issues rooted from racism, discrimination, biases and prejudices. Hence, if the next generation is meant to survive, then it is imperative to […]

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Collaboration over Competition — teflgeek

For years, our education system has been promoting the idea of healthy competition among students to enhance their performance. But, the problem is that over the last decade or so, the competition has become cut-throat, putting students under a lot of undue stress. Maybe, it is time for collaborative learning to take over our classrooms. Is it time to ditch unhealthy competition and explore collaborative learning techniques?

Read this wonderful blog on collaboration vs competition:

I have been thinking about trying to shift the focus of my classes a bit recently. Reflecting, in part on the last year and on one of my groups in particular, I feel as though I would prefer my lessons to be more focused on collaboration going forwards. Not perhaps to remove competitive activities entirely, […]

via Collaboration, not competition? British Council Voices Article — teflgeek