A wonder tool for teaching and learning

concept-of-calender As I write this article, I am staring at a calendar in front me. The calendar has a nice saying, “Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.” How true!

Innovative and creative calendars are hung almost everywhere around us; at times they talk to us, they inspire us, or may be just make us laugh. These calendars, which come in various designs and sizes (desktop, wall hanging, pocket, etc.), sometimes have wonderful photographs, inspiring quotes and they keep staring back at us as if eager to tell us that they could be wonderful tools to play with and learn.

This article is an attempt at exploring the calendar as an effective teaching-learning tool in the classroom. We are only sharing a few activities here from our limited experience of using calenders as teaching aids, but we strongly believe that there can be many more ways of using calendars in the teaching-learning process.

Getting started
To use calendars effectively, first motivate the students to collect calendars. It is always good to have a diverse collection of calendars, as they will help initiate creative discussions in the classroom.

You may like to have a collection of at least 20 calendars of each variety, viz., wall calendars, desktop calendars, and pocket calendars. These can be grouped together and kept in non-woven bags or sacks and stored in an easily accessible place.

The article has been contributed by Butterfly Fields, a company working in the domain of innovative teaching-learning techniques. Butterfly Fields also specializes in setting up innovation spaces, especially for science / math, in schools. To know more about the work the company does, visit www.butterflyfields.com or call 040 2771 1020.

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