Mindsprings was started in 2002 by Mrs. Usha Pandit to contribute positively to Indian Education, after returning from a decade of teaching abroad in 3 countries. She brought with her a wealth of understanding, strategies and ideas that she successfully adapted to the needs of the Indian schools. This was done in the domains of gifted education to start with, then moving onto academic consulting, publishing of English textbooks from grades 1 – 8 in literature, language, and writing, extensive teacher training, writing programmes for children and a globally acknowledged CSR programme for children with cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital.
Usha Pandit is an educational consultant, specializing in curriculum development, gifted education and the academic and administrative management of educational organizations. She has had over thirty years of teaching experience in four countries. She brings to consulting a deep understanding of the educational needs of students from a range of cultures and age groups.
Usha’s experience ranges from K – 12 in India and Hong Kong (under the British curriculum) to gifted education and accelerated primary learning in Auckland and Jakarta (under the Australian curriculum). Her academic background is in English and Education. She has Master degrees in both from India, UK, and New Zealand.
Usha moved into the area of development and implementation of school-wide programs and curricula. She set up the highly successful gifted education program at the Australian International School in Jakarta, covering start-up and marketing as well as developing the identification criteria and curriculum framework for the program going forward.
Effective teaching and learning are inextricably linked to good classroom management. This pertains to the managing of the physical, intellectual, social and psychological spaces in the classroom. Discipline is just