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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.

First Steps, November 2014 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can teachers encourage children to continue learning? This article suggests that children should be hungry to learn and find out things for themselves. By giving in to all their needs to know and making it easy for them, teachers and parents will only be limiting their learning .

First Steps, October 2014 »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

The biggest gift we can give our children is to just let them be. Many of us truly believe that we are good parents if we don’t pressure our children to study all the time or let them choose their own careers. But are we? Answer these questions with all honesty–Have you never wanted your child to come first in that singing competition? Have you never wanted your child to be a model of virtue? We do burden our children whatever our expectations maybe. It is time that we let go and let be.

April 2014, First Steps »

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Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Educators or teacher trainers today are increasingly finding it difficult to do their job. They are expected to have a magic wand to mentor teachers, mentor children and bring about change that is far reaching. This article tries to clear some misconceptions and clear the clutter surrounding teacher training methods.