April 2014 | Teacherplus
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Category: April 2014

As things heat up

With elections round the corner, the time is ripe for teachers to bring into classrooms, discussions and debates about democracy, issues of integrity , responsibility and representation. Elections always bring in the promise of change, and this desire for change can be harnessed to inculcate in students an awareness about their roles as future citizens.

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The caterpillar’s dream!

Sushree Mishra
Here is a wonderful lesson plan on how students can actually grow a butterfly in the classroom. With the help of this experiment children can actually follow the life cycle of a butterfly from the larvae to the final stage. Teachers are encouraged to try this out.

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What are truly secular schools?

Aditi Dhammachakra
What are truly secular schools? Can religious practices such as prayers that are conducted in schools be allowed to continue? In such a scenario, how can we bring about educational reform? How can we create more inclusive schools, since most of the times, the sources of exclusion are religion, caste and gender? This article puts forth some arguments on this sensitive subject.

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Educating the educated

Kiran Gandhi
Is there a risk of over indulgence in sports at the cost academics? The author seems to think so and emphasises that it is very essential for teachers to find the middle ground.

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Re-crafting education

Steven Rudolph
This is one article that needs to be read for the cause it espouses — to appreciate craft, especially items made from indigenous and naturally available materials. By inculcating in children a love for craft, teachers will be sharing learnings on sustainability, aesthetics and values. For this, a greater inclusion of craft in the school’s environment and curriculum is the need of the hour.

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