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August 2017, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can schools create a culture of learning? All they have to do is to look within. Every school has an amazing pool of resources– the staff— to design and create their own learning journey. With this in place , a beautiful learning environment can be created when teachers train each other.

First Steps, March 2017 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
A peer to peer counselling system is something that every school must consider introducing. When a child is counselled by another child or a group of children, there are bound to be several benefits. The dynamics of any peer- to – peer interaction is different when compared to any adult- child interaction. Aspects such as bonding, trusting, listening are all different and add to the richness of any child’s journey through school.

February 2017, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

Why are values and rules always seen as two different entities? They are really like the two hands of a clock, working together to take us to one destination. From a young age, instead of just imposing rules and preaching values, it is necessary that we get the children to question, talk, evaluate, make, and break rules and values so that they grow up understanding rules and values entirely.

First Steps, January 2017 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Everybody loves a hero because he has so much of heroism in him.Perseverance, courage, sense of humour and righeousness — these are traits that we find in every hero. Can we probe further into ourselves and check if we have them as well? That is because each and everyone of us can be a hero. The authors of this article tell us how we can become one.

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.