The earth beneath our feet

Yasmin Jayathirtha

Plants need soil to grow in. Apart from this, have we ever given this element much thought? Through these very intriguing but simple experiments let us learn about the soil and its various components and how each works to add to the richness of the soil.

Let’s bingo!

Manaswini Sridhar

Whenever a goup of people is gathered at a party, this is one of the most popular games that adults and children alike enjoy. See how you can convert the simple bingo in to a learning tool.

If we laughed in the classroom

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Bringing humour into the classroom is not as difficult as one thinks. Shifting your perspectives slightly is all that you need. Here are 75 ways in which you can bring laughter into your classroom.

Learning to teach

Bubla Basu

They say there is no end to learning in life. This is true even if you are a teacher and your job is to teach. Of course Continuous Professional Development is a part of every teacher’s life, but this article is not about that. This teacher talks about the several lessons that her students have taught her during her teaching career. What lesson have you learnt from your students today?

Beyond shock: learning from conflict

Lakshmi Karunakaran

War and conflicts are difficult times for all involved. When a war breaks out one of the first casualties is education and school. How do children in warring regions cope with this situation? Do they, even in such difficult times, find the space to learn? The author talks to 4 artists, all from conflict ridden parts of the world for answers.

Uncovering the building blocks of life

Mahak Katyal

The cells in our bodies are quite intriguing but complex elements to understand. How does one introduce this topic to children so that they get curious and interested and not bored.

The magic of the explanatory teacher

Vandini Sharma

As teachers we all have different ways of teaching our students. But have we ever asked them what kind of teachers they like? Do they like teachers who move about a lot and talk? Or do they like teachers who stand and deliver? Do they prefer their teachers friendly or do they like it if the relationship is more formal? A student writes about who she thinks is the ideal teacher.

Clued out… or clued in?

Kavish H Hajarnavis

This is a budding young writer’s impression of a book that he just finished reading.

The school of life

Manasi Karthik

Going to school everyday, learning from prescribed textbooks, working within the confines of a system that is not very flexible. Is this your idea of the education you or your children are having? This author was courageous enough to step outside the system and experience learning in an entirely different and wholesome manner.

Ridding ourselves of the rod

Sonali Kusum

Corporal punishment is no longer legal but that hasn’t stopped some schools from meteing them out. While there are laws and systems in place to deal with those who indulge in corporal punishment, their implementation is still wanting.