Every child has the potential to connect his learning at school to real life issues and find solutions to whatever problems that might arise. It is the responsibility of teachers to nurture this potential to think, reason, apply and solve especially in the primary school years.
Madhulika S and Deepti Gollapudi
This article talks about an empathy project initiated by an NGO that brings schools across Hyderabad city on a single platform. Titled Project Gift Compassion, it aims to overcome social barriers and facilitate the idea of sharing and giving among young and impressionable minds.
Digging into our archives, we found this simple article that says a lot about how poetry can be enjoyed both by the teacher and the student.
There are several materials that we use everyday from soaps and toothpastes to shampoos and cleaning agents. Have you ever wondered how the processes to make them were discovered and who made them? Today most of these items are available at shops and supermarkets. But have you tried making them at home? Here are a few steps to try making toothpaste and soap at home. Check it out.
Who does not like to listen to stories? Stories from all over the world have always found interesting and willing audiences to listen and enjoy. Teaching mythology provides varied benefits to many students. In a simple way, myths reflect the idea of good and evil. Many contain a moral and this is good to develop skills such as inferring meaning from the context. Read up this very interesting article on myths and legends and come up with a project for your students.
During the teacher training sessions that I conduct, whenever I ask the teachers to tell me an area they struggle with to teach the students, invariably the answer is, “Solving word problems”. Their query is – “Is there a method to this madness that works with most problems?”
Neha Pradhan Arora
Going beyond the textbook and experiencing real learning reinforces concepts . Experiential learning is an approach that leaves a strong impression in students’ minds. Children learn to see, feel and touch and this makes the subject more interesting. Read about how these travel- based learning programmes are helping children.
This article takes us through a live example of how a Multiple Intelligence test helped a person to choose a profession that best catered to his personality traits.
At school students are taught how to read, play or learn music, but learning about good behaviour is not included in the syllabus. Teachers must be given the time to teach the rules of good behaviour. They should be able to talk about the rules, reinforce them and demonstrate them in practice throughout the school level. Read on to get some tips.
Here is an excellent book on how whales are taught to be positive. The same principle can be applied in building positive relationships among people and school children, or any relationship for that matter. Try and read up this book and practice this philosophy in your class for better results.