Classrooms in nature

Nabanita Deshmukh
Children can experience language in myriad ways by using the surroundings they live in. To make learning more enjoyable and experiential, the outdoors can be frequently used. Encouraging students to explore and observe their surroundings on their own is a great way to teach a second language because children love spending time in nature and thereby learn faster.

Uncommon ways to teach common prepositions

Urvashi Nangia

Grammar is important to the study of language. But the unimaginative ways in which we present grammar to children puts them off it, leaving their language learning incomplete. Why should learning grammar be boring? Here is a beautiful account of how this teacher taught her students a grammar concept playing in a park.

Weaving stories, opening worlds

Menaka Raman
Teachers can now have access to an ever growing digital library of books. StoryWeaver by Pratham Books have recently launched a delightful set of audio stories for children, called Readalongs. Artfully narrated, and subtitled, these Readalongs bring stories alive in an engaging audio-visual form that will help children fall in love with reading.

It’s about time!

Gomathy Ramamoorthy
Here is an interesting lesson plan on how a teacher took the trouble to teach the concept of time to children. With lots of activities using ICT resources, charts as well as sequencing cards, the teacher was able to relate the concept to their experience with time in life.

Language and literacy essentials

Yukti Lao
Learning a language has become relatively easy now especially at the pre- school level with the use of technology. Language learning in early childhood forms the basis of a child’s development in later stages. Take a look at some of these interactive language learning programs designed to boost the learning process of pre-school children.

Connecting with the computer

Sandhya Sawant
Technology is fascinating. Technology is all around you. But for first time users it can also be intimidating. Here are a few tips to familiarize primary school children with the computer.

What to show and why to tell

Pradita Nambiar
Show and tell is a popular teaching-learning technique in the primary classes for very obvious reasons. But there are several other important reasons, not so obvious, as to why show and tell should be used more often by the primary school teacher.

It’s all connected!

T M Srikanth
“Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity.” This was the definition of acceleration that I had just taught students of class 8. The response was blank looks. So I thought I would make it easier by using word associations. I asked the class what they understood by the word “rate”. Pat came the answers: ‘cost’, ‘money’, ‘price’… No matter how hard I pushed, I never got the answer for this context: time.

Here the real and the virtual meet!

Smitha Prasad

As a computer science teacher, one of my most joyous moments is watching my students eagerly looking for me in the morning assembly, especially on the days their timetable has computer science. The happy and eager faces as I enter their class and say “Line up…!! Let’s go to the lab…!” says it all.