Understanding the ‘constitution’ of our democracy

Nivedita Dwivedi

What was once called civics is today called political science. The change in the name of the subject is significant for it tells the learner that this branch of social science not only looks at how the administration of a country works but also looks at the important role that politics plays in the carrying out of those administrative responsibilities. But how does a teacher help generate political discussions in class without any biases?

Tagged – and tied – to geography

Gaurav Sikka & Manisha Kushwaha

Darjeeling tea, Lucknow Chikankari, Banarasi saree— do these names ring a bell? We all know that these are products and belong to a geographical region, which is why they have attributes and characteristics specific to the region . This is known as Geographical Indication and the GI tag is a certification of the product. How can a teacher explain this concept to students and why is it necessary to have the GI certification for products? Read on to know more.

Making connections: history and life

Payal Adhikari

History is certainly a study of the past, of eras long gone by. But when teaching it make the subject come alive for your students by linking the past with their present. Show them how the past connects with the present.

The science of separation – 2

Avneesh Shukla
The second part of the article on separation techniques deals with decantation, filtration and sublimation and evaporation.

What robotics can bring to the teaching table

Disha Gupta, Adithi Muralidhar and Sugra Chunawala
Robots are a favourite with children and popular too. Because of its popular status, robots can be used as a teaching tool since they provide a fun element for children to explore technology. Keeping this idea in mind, Robotics was introduced at science events to create interest and increase awareness among school children. What happened at these different Robotics workshops and events is explained here in this article.

The science of separation – 1

Avneesh Shukla

The science teaching-learning process becomes more interesting if a practical approach is taken instead of rote learning and an emphasis on drill. Students feel connected and there is a sense of participation if examples from their everyday lives are demonstrated and highlighted. The author of this article explains how a lesson on separation techniques using everyday examples found a chord within government school students.

Playing with plays

Ajitha Paladugu

In these days of the SMS language, teaching children plays, classics as they maybe, written in old English is quite a task. So here’s a method that this teacher successfully implemented to teach Oscar Wilde’s play, The Canterville Ghost, to her high school students.

The eco-teaching tool kit: a basket of approaches

Emmadi Naveen Kumar

Economics joins history in the list of subjects that are usually considered boring. But when economics influences the way the world runs, how can it be boring? Change the way you teach economics and the subject will become interesting and challenging for the students. Here are a few approaches you could try.

Learning from the physic-al world

Surekha Nayani

The wonderful world of physics brought alive through a story. Why do we stop experimenting with our teaching styles as we move higher up the school ladder? Of course older children too enjoy listening to stories. They too will learn better when taught using stories.

Learning from the natural world

Ullas Ponnadi
Biomimicry as a science is gaining ground for the solutions that it can offer. A branch of science that combines biology and technology, it helps us understand what nature has perfected over the years and then adapt that through models and systems to solve complex problems faced by humans. It is a new way of viewing and valuing nature.