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First Steps, November 2016 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Is assessment in learning necessary? Can we not learn new skills because we enjoy it or because we can see the value in learning? Our learning environments should be designed in such a way that they invite children to do, to learn and to play, not because they are going to be assessed but because they can learn and enjoy and benefit from the learning.

First Steps, October 2016 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

From a young age we put in a lot of effort to teach our children to be independent. But interdependence is part of nature. So while we are busy telling our kids the importance of being independent we must also help them realize how interdependent we are as a society, how interdependence is as necessary as independence.

First Steps, March 2016 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

In cover story we have talked about how a school envisions the travel it undertakes, in this article we have a few children narrating their experience of travelling.

February 2016, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can schools create an environment where children lead their own learning? Here are eight steps that teachers can adapt in their own spaces to create learning leaders.

First Steps, November 2015 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Bringing humour into the classroom is not as difficult as one thinks. Shifting your perspectives slightly is all that you need. Here are 75 ways in which you can bring laughter into your classroom.

First Steps, October 2015 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can we teach values to the current generation? While moral science books and lectures by parents and teachers seem to be the main source of imparting values, this article looks at the subject differently and suggests six ways in which children can be made aware of values through actions.

April 2015, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

In the March issue you were given a different kind of quiz. Here you can compare your responses to those of the authors who have chosen their own responses and tell you the reasons for their choices.

First Steps, March 2015 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How do teachers respond to classroom situations or to any aspect of their teaching? Do their beliefs limit them from tackling things differently? Do teachers continue to do some things the same way even if they do not want to? Take this quiz and find out for yourself!

February 2015, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

So where does learning come from? No, not so much from school as from the children themselves. When children are exploring, reasoning, asking questions and finding out the answers themselves they learn. Working is an essential part of learning–whether it is working your mind or your body. And you work best when you are energetic. Creative energy is the best kind of energy that spurs us to better ourselves. So help your children let lose their creative energies as they plod through their learning journeys.

First Steps, January 2015 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Does external motivation really work? According to the authors, it rarely works and instead, they suggest internal motivation. The best way to do this is to provide an environment for children that will make them feel motivated from inside. Read on to get a few tips.