The story weavers

Manaswini Sridhar

Creative writing classes can sometimes turn out to be very boring. How can we make creative writing fun and exciting for the students? Here is a resource that gives you interesting assignment ideas to help children along in their creative writing.

Integrating to learn, learning to integrate

Ravindra P. N.
Can learning happen only in classrooms or laboratories? Can reading be the only way to learn? So many different concepts are learned at school. Can all these be integrated? Students need to be guided towards learning that is broader and less marks- oriented and this can be achieved by making simple and small changes to the usual pedagogic methods. This article helps in drawing up a lesson plan for teachers to use in addition to the existing methods that they follow.

Acharya devo bhava

Manaswini Sridhar

When society itself seems to have lost its regard and respect for teachers, can we expect our children to be respectful towards their teachers? Teachers continue to do the same job today as they did once upon a time. In fact their responsibilities have only increased. So while we may have very good and not so good teachers, let us give them the respect they deserve.

Put your best face forward

Manaswini Sridhar
As teachers, have you have wondered why your teaching does not strike a chord with students, at least sometimes? Have you taken the time to take a re-look at yourself and your teaching methodologies? Teachers constantly nag students to change their learning styles but they themselves are so set in their ways. What can a teacher do to present herself as a friendly person? This article suggests that teachers must change their body language so that they are seen as smiling and friendly personalities. A course in voice modulation will also help.

Shall I mind the class?

Manaswini Sridhar
If you are a teacher of math, science or even art, should a workshop on English teaching interest you? Yes, it should. Because when you use English as a communication tool to teach your subjects, it is imperative that you understand the language and speak it correctly. Also , workshops are an opportunity to enrich yourself since you get to interact with other participants .

Full attention, please!

Manaswini Sridhar

We teach children a lot of things in school, but are we ignoring a basic life skill that they must develop? The use of body language. Here’s how we can teach children to speak with their bodies when we do role playing exercises with them.

All about me

Manaswini Sridhar
An essay or a conversation on ‘Myself’ at, perhaps an interview, will not find any takers today if a student just gives bare details about himself, or his parents. In tune with the changing times, this type of an essay requires more insight into a student’s personality, his likes and dislikes and his future plans. So, how can a teacher help a student with themes or ideas that will help him express himself in a more informative way? Here are some valuable tips and some resources.

Using the texting trend

Manaswini Sridhar

How many of you have rued the fact that the modern day means of communication–especially the SMS–have ruined your students’ language skills? Don’t despair. Turn your students’ penchant for the shortcut language to your advantage. Here’s how you can use the SMS language to teach proper language skills to students.

Add colour to your language

Manaswini Sridhar

Idioms are a unique way of expressing yourself and additionally , they also lend a character and richness to the English
language. How can students learn to reflect on the meaning of the idioms and try and use them in their speech and writing so that their conversation and writing is richer and more engaging? The author gives many tips and exercises in this article to help students master their use of idioms.

A picture is more than a visual treat!

Manaswini Sridhar

Most teachers would have had problems in their class trying to get students to learn up the spellings for every new word that was taught. From dictation to oral spelling tests, teachers have tried it all. But in order for children to get their spellings right the first time, why not make use of a combination of images, letters and blanks so that instead of rote learning, children can associate the words with the images which they will never forget. Here are some activities that teachers can take up.