The book On the Wild Side is surprising in many ways. The cover seems like an example of ‘child art’, a happy, colourful picture of a jungle seen through a child’s eyes, with a smiling tiger, an avuncular elephant, a bird, a butterfly, a snake and other flora and fauna in bright, cheerful colours. The content is more complex and more interesting.
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.
Environment education in our schools has been far removed from reality and except for the occasional reference in the social studies textbook, there was not much importance given to it although of late, some schools do have a separate curriculum for EVS. This book is a guide to textbooks and has been put together by a team comprising members with diverse experiences from across the globe. It proposes embedding sustainable development across subjects. Four subjects have been discussed at length. Read on to know more about the book.
‘ Learn English, Teach English’ by Ravinarayan Chakrakodi is an invaluable companion for an English teacher both for the beginner as well as an experienced person. Extremely well-designed and divided neatly into four sections—Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing – the book tells you how to teach a concept and includes tasks and activities to practice. Definitely a must have for an English teacher’s personal library.
Schools are a microcosm of society; they play an important role in shaping children’s ideas and giving them identities which then influence the school-student-teacher relationships. The book, School Worlds–an ethnographic study, serves as a source of reflection for teachers on the part that they directly or indirectly play in forming these identities.
Talon the Falcon by Deepak Dalal is children’s fiction, but let us not dismiss it as a book that is of not much use to us as teachers. This review shares with readers specific ideas of how the book can be used as a teaching aid in the classroom.
S N Gananath
Math teachers are usually disappointed when they are looking for teaching aids. The book Mathemagician combines innovative teaching practices in math with classroom management tips to give a math teacher a good teaching-learning material.
Krishna Kumar’s new book, Education, conflict, and peace points out that conflict seems to be conspicuous by its absence in the Indian curriculum. Why are we afraid to talk about and discuss conflict with our children when it is, in fact, all around us? By keeping them away from conflict we are not protecting them from it. Unless children understand what conflict is and why it arises we cannot expect them to avoid conflicts.
If you wish to learn more about insect behaviour or insect development and are not put off by wasps, bees, ants, hornets or moths, then this book on the curious world of insects by Geetha Iyer is definitely for you. With so many interesting stories in every chapter, most insect haters may find themselves drawn to insects whenever they see one.
Katie Bagli’s book on Sangla is about a four year old girl from Mumbai who spends one year in the mountains and her experiences. Since it is for children, schools could add this book to their collection in the libraries . A good read.