Author: Atul Sabnis

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Link | Vague Verbs: A Curricular Problem

Writing instructional objectives has always been a complex issue, matter of much debate, uncertainty, and ignorance. Michael Fordham questions the use of what he refers to as “vague verbs” and wonders if there is a need to for us to look at what we want our students to learn, as a (more…)

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Link | Kanban in the Classroom

What started off as a scheduling system for production in Japan, was soon adopted by software developers. Ideas proliferate and are adapted by different users as it makes sense to them. How could teachers use a system designed for production in the classroom? Trello, an online Kanban tool has this to (more…)

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Link | Storytelling in STEM Education? | MindShift

Storytelling, as a learning strategy is not limited to the teaching and learning of languages. In this article from KQED, comes a fine example of storytelling, used to good effect in the teaching of science and technology. Not only does it help the class become more interesting, it enhances skills (more…)

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Link | Of Reflective Practice for Teachers

For a long time, teachers have been asked to focus on reflective practice. Very few, however, have described what reflective practice or reflective teaching is. “The more reflective you are, the more effective you are. This is a phrase that has become synonymous with the work we have done with building (more…)

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Article | Social Media & Teachers

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article in dna India, about the imperative for teachers to use social media. The days of traditional centralised curriculum sent down for relay, by teachers, have long outlived their time. Students have more options, perhaps more interesting options to consume, than the (more…)

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Teacher’s Time

In a recent article in the NY Times, Fred M. Hechinger writes: “One major reason, he believes, is that while a great deal is expected of the schools, from teaching the fundamentals to creating civilized adults, ”whether schools are satisfying places for the students who attend them is largely irrelevant or of (more…)

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Happy New Year

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We wish all teachers and students, and the education community at large, a safe, successful year ahead. May learning and teaching be more enjoyable, effective, and fun. We will continue to bring you ideas and thoughts that you can use in your (more…)

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A Sad, Sad, Sad Day

As and when possible, our team tries to help teachers build a better classroom. We offer ideas for teachers about how they may make their classrooms interesting, even when they don’t have access to basic technology. On this day, I wonder what we can offer, that would make sense, when (more…)

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Books | The Future of the Curriculum; The MIT Press

There’s a lot going on in the world of curriculum design. The most common activity that we see, at least in India, is the inclusion of technology in curriculum design. Some of the initiatives are self-styled game-changers while some are incremental changes, which hardly affect the curriculum in a meaningful manner (more…)