Harnessing the outdoors

Poonam Bhide
What can take you several years to learn in a classroom, a single excursion can help you achieve the same results. At the Hooppya camp that this school took its students to every year, children learnt to bond, share, respect and appreciate one another; always coming back home wiser than they left it.

Stepping out of the rectangle

Archan Mitra
With technology having advanced so much, we are all practically living inside boxes—whether they be our computers, mobile phones or classrooms. It is time that we came out of these boxes and experienced the real world. A teacher talks about a trip he took with his students to an island close to their city.

Break free of institutions

Rahul Karanpuriya
Why do we institutionalize education, when it is against the very idea of learning? Learning happens through experiences you gain, and these experiences you gather as you travel. Education therefore cannot be separate from travel and cannot be found in institutions. The author shares his travel journey.

Of journeys long and short

Payal Adhikari
The word ‘travel’ conjures up images of a train, an aeroplane and places faraway. But does it always have to be that? Travel in and around your city is as enriching as travelling to distant lands. Local travel is less expensive as well. So why not bring out maps of your cities and take your students on short learning trips?

From picnic to excursion

Malini Siruguri
In school when you transition from going on one day picnics to week long excursions it is a most exciting event for the young students. Here’s an account of how the author’s first excursion to the Hooppya camp helped her grow up.

It’s about time!

Gomathy Ramamoorthy
Here is an interesting lesson plan on how a teacher took the trouble to teach the concept of time to children. With lots of activities using ICT resources, charts as well as sequencing cards, the teacher was able to relate the concept to their experience with time in life.

There’s magic in these bookish spaces!

Divya Tirkey
An initiative to establish a library in a school in Khunti, in Jharkand , came to fruition after a bit of struggle and after holding long discussions with the teachers in the tribal schools. Exposure visits, library sessions, activities like dumb charades, story telling etc helped to break the ice and kindle the interest of the children.

Handling the homework bogey

Manaswini Sridhar
Homework is anathema to students and when the teacher gives it, it is met with grumbles, moans and protests. How can a teacher handle this bogey and get the children to do their homework willingly? Here are a few points to consider.

The five Es of EVS

Gowthama Rajavelu
A lesson on Environmental Studies can be made interesting if the teacher is able to explore the concepts and also take the students along. It is a perfect example of learning science with a social touch. This article explains how a teacher used various pedagogical processes to create a lively EVS classroom.

The long, grey road

Brendan MacCarthaigh
When asked to share their dreams for the future, students of class XII had nothing to say to their teacher, almost admitting to the fact that they had no dreams at all. Is this lack of interest due to the education system which does not seem to inspire, but has everything to do with acquiring marks? Who has the answers?