The Wizard of Oz … in my mathematics class?

Pooja Keshavan Singh

What an odd combination that is right? The Wizard of Oz and the mathematics class? What are stories doing in a mathematics class? Won’t they distract children from serious learning? The answer is no, they won’t. Stories in fact can drive the fear of mathematics away from their minds. Read to find out what The Wizard of Oz was doing in the mathematics class.

Teaching sex education through stories

Ameen Haque

Despite all round acknowledgement of its importance, teaching about sex in schools continues to be a problem. Either sex education is brushed aside because no one wants to take it up or it is delivered like a sermon to the students. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Sex education can be truly interactive and educative when stories are used to explore the topic.

The joy of graphic organizers

Avantika Thakur

You have all probably used mind maps in your classrooms. A similar story map charting out the plot, characters, problem, and solution will help both the teacher and the students understand a story and its lesson better.

Kahani in the classroom

Bhuvanesware BG

Unsure of why and how stories can be used in your classroom? Read to find the answer to this question.

Art and words

Sapna Chheda

There are many different ways of how you can make storytelling interesting. Whatever be the purpose behind your telling a story add in a bit of craft and see the effect.

Storigami

Rachel Katz

Storigami– a mix of origami and story. Try telling this story and at the same time following the instructions on how to fold your paper and you will have your storigami ready!

What is a story and how to tell it?

Amit Kapoor

They say stories are all around us. But then can all text and information that we come across be considered stories? And how do you tell an audience a story? How do you make your stories work and help the audience come to the conclusion that you want them to after listening to the story?

Changing seats to change minds

How can a teacher build positive classrooms, one where the students are all responsive and more engaged? One way is to bring about a change in the seating pattern at least occasionally so that students see and think differently. Students could also be given a say in how the classroom should operate. This way their sense of ownership in the education process increases. These are but small shifts in everyday learning, but could certainly lead to more positive attitudes and behaviour.

Playing with rhymes

Nabanita Deshmukh
When children in a remote tribal village school in Odisha showed no interest in learning English nursery rhymes, what alternative did the teachers have ? The challenge was to come up with new or modified rhymes that had a cultural connect and which the children could relate to. Read how the teachers responded to their task of creating new rhymes.

Stay hungry … to learn

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can teachers encourage children to continue learning? This article suggests that children should be hungry to learn and find out things for themselves. By giving in to all their needs to know and making it easy for them, teachers and parents will only be limiting their learning .