December and January in Chennai are not just months of relatively decent weather, but also a time of holidays and disruptions. In a good year, students break for the Christmas-New Year week and then very quickly, for Pongal. In other years, climate emergencies disrupt their routine and they spend the rest of the academic year … More Citizenship, Protest and Democracy: A Teachable Moment
Your students (or kids) may have missed the news about the security build-up and the rising tensions in Kashmir over the last week. They cannot possibly miss the headlines about the amendment of Article 370 and the reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, however. Around them, people are bound to be talking about … More Article 370 and the Reorganisation of Kashmir: A Teachable Moment
Seeking the Teachable Moment in this week of horrible news about the rapes of young girls in Kathua, Unnao and Surat may be the only way for any of us to crawl out of the funk of anguish and anger. Your child or your student cannot have missed the headlines, the poster images or even … More Kathua, Unnao and beyond: Find the Teachable Moment
In just a day, the world’s largest democracy will witness a peaceful, constitutional transfer of power. Even at a time when we complain that power-hungry governments and divisive politics threaten the practice and spirit of democracy, a peaceful signing out and swearing in of governments signals that all is not lost. The form is not … More Teachable Moments:President Obama’s Farewell
I set out to write these Teachable Moment blogposts to help get important conversations going. Things happen and we react to them but do not always take the opportunity they present for teaching and learning. As I write this, I realise that of course, I am going to learn as much from this as anyone reading … More Writing about Teachable Moments: Confession Time!
teachable moment, noun, US: An event or experience which presents a good opportunity for learning something about a particular aspect of life. Each day is full of teachable moments–that is, moments that have the potential to be learning and teaching opportunities. We often experience them through reflection–something happens, and a flash of insight follows or … More The Teachable Moment
The following text circulated widely within a day or two of 9/11, as a message from the Dalai Lama. I have found its words very inspiring over the years. He says: “This is the moment of your ministry. This is the time of teaching. What you teach at this time, through your every word and … More A moment for teaching: The Dalai Lama after 9/11
Time magazine’s parenting expert, Carey Wallace, has offered some good advice on how to talk to children about the unfolding refugee crisis. http://time.com/4024972/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-refugees/ The text is copied here as a “mirror”, intended to facilitate access. Do visit the original site. **** Carey Wallace, How to Talk to Your Kids about Refugees, TIME, Sept. 8, 2015 … More How to talk to your kids about the refugee crisis