“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.

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.