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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What exactly is a criminal act or deed? Post demonetisation, is keeping cash a crime? Is making bombs and throwing them at people a crime? Is Gandhi’s passive resistance a crime? How can students be made to understand crime and its different avatars ? This month’s project is aimed at clarifying the idea of crime.
Geography can be made more interesting if it is taught outside the classroom. A multi-disciplinary approach will further ensure that the students have a deep understanding of the concepts and also find the learning meaningful and engaging. In this article, the author talks about Rocks which are an often overlooked part of the landscape and how they are integral to human society having been used for centuries to build buildings and even to carve into.
Forests are another fast depleting natural resource. What they mean to the survival of our planet, and how people are connected to it can be made clear with this project.
What is ‘codes’ doing in Teacher Plus when one usually associates this word with mysteries and thrillers? Actually there is a lot one can learn from this exciting topic–history, language, science, and even mathematics. Would you like to know how?
A part of our body we are always concerned about is the hair. We love it. We despise it. We worry over it. So let’s take this constant attention a little beyond and see what we can learn about and from hair. Get your students to work on this very interesting topic and you will be amazed at the wide scope of learning that hair has to offer.