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[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on The power of collaboration | ]
The power of collaboration

Collaborative teaching practices can help teachers consider new ways of working.

April 2018, Teaching Practice »

[3 Apr 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

Sharoon Sunny
How can teachers go about their day by being immersed ‘in’ the moment? Can they practice ‘mindful’ living in their classrooms?How can the techniques of mindfulness be used to harness the power of attention in the classroom?The teacher must first learn to practice it herself. This will help the teacher in sustaining the practice in the classroom. By bringing this practice into the classroom, teachers will find that their stress levels decrease, there is more attention among the students and their interpersonal relationships also improve. Here are a few activities that teachers can do with their students.

April 2018, Things to Think About »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on The CCE conundrum | ]

Garima Bansal
The Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) scheme is back in focus in this article after the CBSE brought in formal testing and reintroduced student detention. The author asks if the CCE had intensified the pressure on children with excessive testing of students, what then is the alternative? How can students be assessed to ensure effective learning? While citing the case of Scotland where the problems were dealt with, she suggests that the immediate need of the hour will be to identify what went wrong with the CCE and how it can be addressed.

April 2018, Primary Pack »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on The picture tells it all | ]
The picture tells it all

Proma Basu Roy
Have you come across books without words and having just pictures? Try and acquire one of these books and you will realize how reading a wordless picture book will give you immense joy, making your visual experience seem boundless. In most books, illustrations and pictures were always considered an add-on, but in these books, you will find that the pictures form an independent narrative. It goes without saying that these books act as a catalyst for immersing children into the world of books. Here are some activities that teachers can try out with these books.

April 2018, Resources »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on Eins, two, teen, nalgu…. | ]

Manaswini Sridhar
Children love numbers and count anything that catches their eye—- from the number of vehicles on the road to birds sitting on a wall. As they grow however and into middle school, their fears about math and numbers surface and they begin to dislike the subject. How can children conquer their fears and develop mathematical skills? Teachers can put up puzzles on the walls and ask students to come up with their own puzzles based on the concept that is taught.

April 2018, Let's Experiment! »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on It’s elementary, dear chemist! | ]

Yasmin Jayathirtha
How can the periodic table be used as a link between the world of atoms and the world of reactions? The author suggests that by studying the development of the periodic table, students see that scientists have made the attempt to group elements according to their properties. The author has listed some activities that will help students get familiar with the structure of the periodic table.

April 2018, Classroom Update »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on How plants make their own food | ]

Ambika Nag
Concepts in any subject are better understood and grasped by students if they are explained in the form of stories. In Science too, a topic such as photosynthesis will find many takers if teachers first take the trouble to learn for themselves about scientists and their discoveries and how understanding of a concept evolved in the past. This article takes a peep into the historical account of the discovery of photosynthesis and how definitions came to be.

April 2018, Technology and Education »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on Education 4.0: Personalization of Learning | ]

Ullas Ponnadi
Mass education and learning is poised to see a big shift in the coming years. We are now at the start of what is being called as
the fourth industrial revolution and education 4.0 is the ability to combine the power of technology, specialized skilling, AI and Machine Learning to create a method that will deliver high quality content. So, will schools as a place to formally learn soon be a thing of the past? Read all about what the future holds for teachers and students in this thought provoking article.

April 2018, Review »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on The inner beauty of math | ]

Pooja Keshavan Singh
Mathematics is a subject that is often disliked by middle schoolers. However here is a book and a very insightful one at that which tells the story of a remarkable Math teacher, his craft and his aim to arouse curiosity in the reader towards discovering the inner beauty of math.

April 2018, Time Out »

[3 Apr 2018 | Comments Off on Abode of peace | ]

Chintan Girish Modi
Here is a first hand account of the author’s visit to Santiniketan and how he came away totally refreshed, and taken in by the peaceful atmosphere.