Keeping things real

Sonika Lakhera

As teachers we are constantly on the look out for innovative and resourceful teaching aids. While the idea of using the newspaper as a teaching tool is not very new, how we use this tool in the classroom is unique to each of us. In this article, a young teacher shares her experience.

Linking geography with life

Susheela Raghavan

Geography in schools stays in the textbooks, the globes and the maps. If the subject has to appeal to children it is necessary that you pull geography out of the textbook and bring it into the lives of your students. Here are some activities that show you how you can achieve this.

Fake and fun learning

Sunita Biswas
Fakebook is a new technology-driven teaching tool that is amazing because it educates while it entertains. Cloned on the hugely popular social networking site, Facebook, it is very easy to use because you do not need to log in, there is no password and above all, it is free!.

What will you be when you grow up?

Making a career choice can seem daunting to students who have just passed their board exams. Here is a ready reckoner in the form of a matrix that can help a student map his strengths and interests. This self- assessment tool can help a student avoid making the wrong choices.

Before the bell rings

Wrapping up a lesson at the end of a class can sometimes be disappointing. More often than not, children are in a hurry to leave and they can be seen chatting with their friends while the teacher tries in vain to get some answers out of them. Here are a few five- minute activities that can effectively wrap up a lesson.

Think like Holmes

Every child is born curious. They say when a child joins school, he/she loses that curiosity. Let us not kill curiosity but encourage scientific thinking among children. Here are a few steps on how you can do that.

Graph paper – the math wonder tool

Graph paper is one of the oldest and most widely used tool for learning math. This article outlines some activities for the primary and middle school students on how they can use the graph paper to learn numbers, fractions, and even games.

Teaching with analogies

Do you find the teaching of a concept, particularly an abstract concept difficult? Why not try using analogies? Here’s how and why using an analogy will make concepts a lot easier to teach and learn.

Reverse engineering

Reverse engineering is the thorough examination of a device or a product to understand its mechanism and the way it functions. It can be used in different fields. By using this principle in the classroom, children’s curiosity is increased and they learn to grow holistically. An important point to keep in mind is to ensure that teachers create working models of the curriculum and relate them to real life applications.

All-in-one classrooms

This article explores multi-grade teaching as an effective teaching- learning strategy.