Remember the age old overused proverb — Every cloud has a silver lining?
Even though we may have all used this multiple times in our essays and English papers, it takes much more to actually be able to identify the proverbial clouds and silver linings when we take a good look at our own challenges. Difficult times can be overwhelming and an invitation to take a pause often gives us the clarity to look at our problems from the outside and understand them deeply. …
This piece is posted on behalf of the author — Sumi Chandrasekharan
“Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try…”
“..Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do…”
- John Lennon, Imagine. 1971.
John Lennon was urging us in the lyrics of his best-selling single, to open our minds to possibilities. I was invited by Key Education Foundation [KEF], an NGO silently revitalising the early education space in India, to join them on an internal exercise. Its effect on me reminded me of Lennon’s lyrics.
This article is inspired by a previous article ‘What Preschoolers can learn from tech’ leading to a reflection from India and with challenges facing preschool learning across the world. Ann Gadzikowski, co-wrote this piece and it was edited by Tarun Varma.
Economic inequality has created a “too much, too little” dichotomy in online learning, especially for young children. Families with access to remote learning tools, in their eagerness to provide opportunities for their children, often force their young children to sit in front of screens for hours. Meanwhile, on the other side of the digital divide, many families do not…
Small steps towards breaking big barriers
Technology has always seemed like a mystery to most educators — me included. It seems far too daunting and most of us who work closely with communities that are just waking up to the digital world develop an unconscious bias against it.
Since the pandemic hit us earlier this year, I have been forced to rethink my biases, take a pause and re-imagine what it will take to keep doing what we do with the deepest possible impact. I have redefined so many ideas I had about education, teachers, parents, teams, connections and most…
I attended a class with 20 bright 5 years old’s yesterday. We worked on identifying emotions and discussed what we do when we feel them.
The emotion that stood out to me the most was, Anger. We all showed and identified the angry face. We then practiced some breathing techniques that will help us calm down when we are angry. As I watched adorable little girls show me their angry faces, I realised what an important feeling this was and what an impact it is going to have on the life of a woman.
Zaara and Floki — the centre of my universe are by far the best thing that ever happened to me. Zaara has been with us for over 2 years now and Floki has been here for about half a year.
Every decision has pros and cons. Choosing to get pets has only pros on both sides of the coin!
It is absolutely magical to watch the influence a puppy can have on a household and on each individual. Zaara is that metaphorical pin that holds it all together. She can break up any fight that we may have with a…
For over 2 years now, I have been on a journey of defining and implementing positive change in Early Childhood Education.
Everyday, I attempt to answer the question — What is meaningful learning for a child who is 3 or 4 years old?
Naturally, the immediate response is language and math and we then embark upon the race to find the most effective ways to deliver this to children in developmentally appropriate, fun ways that cater to their learning styles and drown ourselves in classroom practices and teacher practices and student assessments — the spiral is never ending!