A learning trip for teachers

Jitu Mishra
A two-day field trip for primary school teachers to Dholavira to help them teach and learn social studies turned out to be an engaging and exciting experience. The teachers gained deeper insights into the concepts that they taught and they were also able to appreciate the holistic nature of social studies.

Class of rowdies

Rituparna Biswas and Nitin Das
This article is about a fun film with a simple message on the art of teaching and is a must watch for all students, parents and teachers.

Education and the global citizen

Kathan Shukla
What kind of a citizen does our education system aim at developing? Merely inculcating citizenship values may not be sufficient, because in a globalized world, our country is deeply connected to the international community. Here are some characteristics that a global citizen needs to have in today’s world.

Addressing a parent’s dilemma

Jyothsna Latha Belliappa
The recent child sexual assault case in a Bangalore school has caused widespread anxiety among parents and teachers. This article tries to address a parent’s concern.

Explore, invent and apply

Yasmin Jayathirtha
When teaching new concepts in science, the only way a teacher can assess whether a student has understood or not is to set exercises or provide data and ask for analysis. Here are two experiments that teach reasoning skills to students and are based on exploration, invention and application and do not need previous knowledge.

Drawing out the structure of DNA

Anveshna Srivastava
The structure of the DNA is complex and for most learners diagrams form an important component to understand the concept. However these are not appealing enough for students to connect textual information with them. This article introduces a few diagrams which are simple to draw and if analysed in a certain sequence makes the concept easy to understand.

Green chemistry

Dr. Sneha & Dr. Vishwanath Gogte
Most students find it difficult to connect with Chemistry and do not find the subject appealing. The reasons range from too many complicated equations to hard-to-memorise formulae. However, work-centric learning engages every student in an authentic activity which helps explain the concepts. This article explains how chemistry can be taught while engaging the students in agriculture.

Yes, I can do it madam!

Indu Srinivasan
Children love to be appreciated and recognized for the effort that they put in to work on their assignments. A few simple and encouraging comments can make a world of difference . Feedback given in a positive way like smilies, candies, stars etc. motivate young learners and help them do better in their work.

For the newbie teacher

Rakhi Pande
If you have just joined the teaching profession and are feeling less than enthusiastic about having joined, here are ten tips for you to stay motivated and never regret your decision.

Disciplinary punishments

Manaswini Sridhar
Disciplinary actions taken in the classroom should help nurture children and bring about a change so that the child becomes a better human being. This article suggests some alternatives to the tradiitonal physical punishments.