The pandemic has pushed teachers to come up with innovative measures to enable learning in a wired world. Simple activities to develop social and emotional skills can be taught. Educators and parents need to use this time as an opportunity to learn new skills, to easily move out of the ‘two covers of the textbook and four walls of the classroom’ and understand that the joy of education is to discover the unknown.
Language is one life skill that is taught in school but there are several others that we expect children to acquire on their own as they progress in life. Why not impart these other life skills too to children in their language classrooms?
Science begins with observation. As Aristotle says, people value their sight among other things. The reason for this is sight makes knowledge possible for us and shows us the differences between many things. Observation therefore is a very important skill for school science learning. Here are a few simple activities which primary school teachers can conduct for their students to improve and sharpen their observation skills.
Often, math is taught not so much to challenge and enhance a child’s thinking ability but to get them to score well in the exams. When exams are the goal, teaching takes on a different direction altogether—several concepts in mathematics become tricky and are learnt only by memory. It is, however, time to abort this practice and find ways to logically explain math concepts. Here is how you can unravel ‘decimals’.
What is the role of language in a math class? Most children may not have any difficulty when it comes to numbers, but they begin to falter when trying to understand the words in a problem. The math teacher needs to ensure that children not only understand numbers but also the words. A math teacher thus becomes an English or language teacher to some extent. Here are some techniques to help children understand ‘word’ problems.
The best way to teach math, especially at the primary level, is through games. Teach place value, addition/subtraction and estimation through these games.
Storytelling is a popular teaching aid in the primary classes. Sensory storytelling is a technique that is fast gaining popularity as it allows its listeners to experience a story through their senses and thereby giving them more learning opportunities. Here is how you tell a sensory story.
Sandeep Yadav, Anveshna Srivastava and Koumudi Patil
The fact that math is a hard subject and difficult to learn is known and educators are doing their bit to make math fun. Here is a board game that connects both fun and basic math learning. The conceptual theme is around area-perimeter.
Sangeeta Zombade and Priyanka Shrivastav
Dark skin has been a matter of ridicule for a long time. Be it home and neighbourhood or media and public spaces, young people are bombarded with messages that put darker shades of skin down and equate being fair to higher standards of beauty. This, in turn, is often used to bully and put people down. Read how some children and their facilitators helped process some of these messages and beliefs underlying them.
Kavitha Madhuri Reddy
When the numbers are small, you know which number can be divided with which other number but as the numbers get bigger you need to the ‘divisibility rules’ to easily identify which numbers you can use to divide the bigger numbers. One way of learning these rules is to byheart them, another way is to understand them by observing number patterns.