Misconceptions can mess it up

Savita Ladage and Hanza George
Did you know that chemistry is connected to everyday life? However, these connections are not apparent in the text books used in schools. Also, the abstract nature of the concepts in the subject poses several challenges to both learners and teachers leading to misconceptions. This article aims to help teachers understand these learning challenges.

Getting down to the micron

Meena Kharatmal and Nagarjuna G
Observing and measuring or even estimating a very small size as a micron has always been a challenging task for teachers. Here are some activities using simple conversion methods so that it helps to estimate in microns. It is essential that teachers get introduced to this idea as only then they can teach students.

The A to Z of creative writing

Cheryl Rao
Creative writing classes are a challenge for both the teacher and the student. We provide you with steps from A to Z to make your creative writing classes a little more easy and a lot more fun.

1089 and the beauty of palindromes

Neeraj Naidu
A math teacher can see beauty in numbers, but obviously students do not. Math always brings on the boring looks on the faces of children. But can there be a lighter side to numbers that can be more interesting and entertaining? Palindromes is a fun way of engaging with numbers.

Understanding the eye: an integrated approach

Santosh Sharma
Can science be taught using an inter-disciplinary approach such that it can help students reinforce their thinking and develop their problem-solving skills? Here is a classroom plan for a topic that shares an interface with other subjects such as physics and chemistry.

The biology of equilibrium – 1

Vijayalakshmi Nandakumar
Biology is full of awe-inspiring events. How living organisms adapt themselves to suit their living conditions is one such. Ever wondered how the extremely saline sea water sustains life? How creatures live underwater? What kind of adaptations are necessary for organisms that live on land? Learn about homeostasis and how it works in different animals to help them survive in their habitats.

Up and down the integer line

Krittika Hazra

We are all familiar with the statements, “minus, minus is plus” and “plus, minus is minus”. Teaching integers can be very frustrating. How do you explain the logic behind these statements? Are there better methods we can use to help our students understand integers? This teacher shares a possible alternative.

Those darn formulae!

Jayanthi Tiruvaeipati
Students generally find it difficult to write the chemical formula of a compound. How can a teacher clarify to the class when students raise doubts about why a formula should be written in a particular way? This article throws light on how chemical formulae can be written.

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.