What’s left in memory

Mehak Siddiqui

From cave walls to instagram; stone to digital modes man has come a long way in how he keeps and stores data. As interesting and varied are the means in which we record and document our lives, there are as many learning opportunities to be had with regard to record keeping whether it be in English, science, social science or the arts.

Buildings talk… structures teach!

Meera Bhuvanesh
Buildings tend to inspire strong emotions in many of us. A temple or a church may give us a sense of peace while a more stately structure might inspire awe in us. But have you thought how buildings and architecture can also offer a world of learning possibilities? When children study about buildings, they can draw upon different fields of knowledge —- from math and history to art and design.

Reaching for the sky

Vandana Aggarwal
The sky is mysterious, fantastic and enchanting. There is so much to admire and learn about the sky and all things under the sky. Learn the science behind the Northern Lights, the origins behind idioms related to the sky, dig a little bit into astronomy to unravel the constellations, find out how kites fly. The next time you are planning a project, look up to the skies.

Spirits of the deep

Nina Subramani
An interdisciplinary lesson on any subject has a lot to offer the teacher who wants to make learning interesting and relatable. The study of our coastline can keep students engaged for a month or more. It leads to a deeper understanding of why coasts are important – as an interface between land and sea, as a crucial component of our ecosystem.

The trappings of civilization

Did you know that all the furniture in our homes can help us learn more about math, English and even EVS? From shapes, symmetry, trigonometry and statistics to nursery rhymes and idioms, furniture as a project idea can be taken up by teachers to put some zest into their teaching. Read on for more ideas.

Art on the wall

Jamuna Inamdar
One of the striking features of most Indian cities, these days, is the vibrant art coming up on their walls and pillars. Chances are that every day you are passing by some of these creations. Why not use them to learn something new? From the history of wall art to tribal paintings, to art for a cause there is a lot one can learn from a piece of drawing on a wall.

Connections and convergences

Sunita Biswas
True learning happens when you can see the big picture. No knowledge, to paraphrase John Donne, is an island, entire of itself. Every little fact connects with another and then another. Educators are well aware of this and the framers of curricula generally follow this aphorism.

Health & Healing

Shruti Singhal

Staying healthy, eating healthy, looking healthy. This is the current popular mantra. So what better time to teach children healthy habits and practices while helping them gain more knowledge about health and wellbeing?

A balancing act

Vandana Aggarwal

Balance is very important in life. Whether it is work-life balance or balancing ourselves on one foot. Balancing two equations in chemistry or balancing numbers in math, eating a balanced diet, or maintaining balance in the environment. So let’s take a closer look at balance and see what are the different things we can learn about it.

As common as salt

Sujata C
Have you as a teacher ever tried doing a project on salt for your students? Salt is found in your blood, sweat and tears and is Nature’s gift to all living things. Using this article as a base, you can get your students to learn about salt in a fun way. Take them to the beach or to the chemistry lab— there is enough material there to explain concepts. Or if you are discussing health, make sure you tell your students its importance in cooking up a healthy meal. Students will certainly enjoy the process of learning and realize that every bit of what they have learnt is worth their salt.