REVOLVING MIRRORS

Teachers, Principals! Here is an exciting new course that THINKING TEACHER is offering: see the short video below...

FIRST REVIEW OF THE FIVE DAY FEST

First Review of THE FIVE DAY FEST This story is great, it has a transformative power. Moreover, the author’s style of using text boxes or email exchanges allows for an expression of different perspectives. I have read it several times, thinking of how best to present it to the teachers that I work with. I was thinking of the way the author thinks, and the power of that reflection to bring about change. I believe that today’s young people – whose lives are constantly caught in a circle of baling and shaming – need such a transformative tale to change their lives into a cycle of kindness and cooperation. Nivedita Bedadur, Visiting Faculty Azim Premji...

Raising Parents, Raising Children

After being bullied by the school tyrant, what does a child (who is overcome with humiliation and rage) do? Vent out those feelings on another unsuspecting victim? Or throw a tantrum before the next adult – who may be a bewildered parent or teacher? And now imagine the cascade: the adult who is bombarded with these violent expressions of rage from the child is hardly going to remain unaffected by it. Depending upon the state of mind of the adult at the time of this tirade, there could be any one of the following consequences – a severe reprimand accompanied by strict punishment to the child, stunned silence followed by expression of those feelings to yet another unsuspecting victim, or engagement with the child to find out what caused this eruption … and so the waterfall of emotion flows. How is one to teach children to understand and regulate their emotions? Indeed, how is anyone (even an adult) to learn how to do that? I watched an online talk by Rebecca Bowen (author of My Incredible Talking Body) and was inspired to hear her tell us that, as adults, we can learn to model calmness so that our children learn from us – and not the other way around! It takes a village to raise a child, they say. How, then, does one raise a family? Can families connect through the practice of mindfulness? Dr Christopher Willard says that this is eminently possible. He advocates mindfulness as a way of rewiring our brains and extending our lifespan, so that is good news for all those stressed parents out there!...

OK, I did Action Research: now what?

What happens to teacher researchers after they complete a cycle of Action Research? Click below to read a paper that captures this – and has been accepted for publication: Neeraja FINAL_...