The classroom in the community

Suma Vivekanandan

If one thinks about it geometry is all around us. Roads, building, objects all have certain shapes and follow the principles of geometry. So why sit in the classroom and study geometry from the textbook? Step outside the classroom like this teacher did and notcec how different and exciting your lessons will become.

A moot point

Ratna Rao

Learning to debate is a skill that can benefit primary school children. They learn to express themselves verbally and in front of groups. This builds their confidence apart from sharpening their listening and speaking skills. Debates are also useful assessment tools to gain insights into students’ understanding of various topics. Here are a few ways in which teachers can help children develop their debating skills.

The art of being a SciTeller

Mahak Katyal

By now most of us agree that stories are a good way of drawing the attention of a child and engaging him. But how exactly does one use these stories, say in a science class? What will the lesson plan be?

It’s more than just play

Sameera Sood
What is play? Why is it important for children and how is it different from work? Children love to play and explore their environment. It helps them develop intellectual and social skills. It is different form work in the sense that play is something one chooses to do while work is something one has to perforce do. Since play is the basis of language and cognitive development, teachers must ensure that children get adequate opportunities to play in school.

A ‘voluminous’ matter

Jayati Kaushik and Sindhu Sreedevi

Volume–an important but difficult topic for kids to fathom. Help your students understand what volume is, the difference between volume and capacity and how volume can be measured with these simple to do activities.

Lyrics and language

Avantika Thakur
Can music be used as a teaching tool? What would be the effect on children if music were to be played in the background in the classroom? Do they become more energetic and alert? Here is an interesting article where the author gives some tips on using music to further learning.

Stop, hop, and go!!

Ratna Rao

How often have we not heard the joke about a panda who eats, shoots, and leaves? Everytime we hear this joke it reminds us of the importance of punctuation in our language. Punctuation marks can sometimes seem confusing and difficult to comprehend. Here are some fun exercises for you to introduce punctuation and help build an easy relationship for your students with a little bit of grammar.

Playward the way forward!

Sharmila Govande
What are the challenges that teachers face when they try to bring ‘play’ into lesson plans and use play as an effective medium to teach a particular concept?The main difficulty is to keep the noise levels down and also space constraints. So, how can teachers make ‘play’ organised and structured? This article tries to answer these questions.

The adaptive advantage of play

Priyanka Padhy

Surely we have all heard the saying, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ And yet we often grudge children their play time. Or we put in riders, asking them to finish studying before they go play. There is enough research out there to prove the above mentioned proverb. Play contributes greatly in a child’s development–both physical and mental. So the next time your little students say, “Ma’am let’s play today instead of reading a lesson,” perhaps you should give it a thought

Negative thinking for positive results

Sinny Mole
Rules in math learned without understanding are the root cause of many misconceptions that children have. For instance, when teaching negative numbers, teachers must ensure that children master the concepts and for this a familiarity with vocabulary is essential. Numbers are abstract for some children but when the numbers have meaning or relevance to their own lives, it becomes easy to understand. Here are some activities that simplify the concept of negative numbers.