The five Es of EVS

Gowthama Rajavelu
A lesson on Environmental Studies can be made interesting if the teacher is able to explore the concepts and also take the students along. It is a perfect example of learning science with a social touch. This article explains how a teacher used various pedagogical processes to create a lively EVS classroom.

The experience of poetry

Urvashi Nangia
Poems are not meant to be taught but experienced. Dissecting a poem to arrive at its meaning only kills the beauty of the poem. Students have to be given the space and the freedom to interpret a poem for themselves.

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.

“What good is trigonometry in my life?”

Jyoti Thyagarajan

Trigonometry need’nt be as scary as it sounds. If you know the right directions to point them to, children understand how trigonometry is useful in their lives.

The inner courtyard of cognition

Sudeep Ghosh
Critical thinking, we all know, is the ability to think clearly and rationally. But, does this sort of logical thinking hinder creativity and is being creative a part of critical thinking? Yes, we need to think critically to evaluate and improve on our ideas. In this issue of Classroom Update, the author says that critical thinking is a problem-solving tool and the key to unlocking ideas – fresh, invigorating, pristine. This article proposes an inter-disciplinary take on the nature and value of critical thinking.

Solute, solvent and solution – 2

Avneesh Shukla

What is a diluted solution? And what about a concentrated one? Is air a solution or a solvent? Students of a government school found answers to these questions with the help of a few experiments set up by the author.

Solute, solvent and solution – I

Avneesh Shukla

Understanding the terms, ‘solute’, ‘solvent’, and ‘solution’ through a couple of experiments were the girls of this government school in Uttarkashi.

Making a civic connection

Bhakti Bhave
Are your students aware of the civic issues that is present in their surroundings? How can you as a teacher get to engage them to take a healthy interest in issues that concern their own livelihoods? A project – based learning approach around public issues help students relate civics to their real life situations and it also underlines the role that both the State and the citizen are expected to play. Here is three- fold approach to how a civic action project can be taken up.

Navigating the landscape of verse

Sudeep Ghosh
Teaching poetry to high school students can sometimes be a difficult task because it lends itself to subtle and subjective interpretations. So, how can a teacher bring some critical thinking skills into a poetry classroom and help students develop an individual way of engaging with the text? The author suggests close reading which is actually all about getting the reader to speculate in an imaginary way about the meaning in the poem. Read on to learn more.

Painting word pictures

Kamakshi Balasubramanian

Teaching children to write can be quite a challenge.Here is an exercise that will get the creative juices of your students flowing.