“I hate History!”

Stories tend to hold children spellbound. Tales about kings and queens, voyages of discovery seem to fascinate children if told with the right mix of drama and action. Seen in this light, history can be made into an interesting subject if anecdotes and stories not found in textbooks are narrated with zeal and enthusiasm. The author tells readers how she got children hooked to History as a subject with her story-telling.

Innovation is the key

Roshen Dalal tells us how History can be taught using several approaches, one of which is to integrate it with other subjects to make it more interesting. This holds true especially for the junior classes.Read on to find out more.

Lessons for life

This article gives a brief glimpse into how history is taught in Waldorf schools.

Fascinating facets

Dr. Chithra Madhavan India has a wonderful history going back several millennia. This is brought to us time and gain via our literature (prose and poetry), sculpture, inscriptions, and outstanding monuments. It is through a thorough study of all these Read More …

A living, breathing textbook

Facing History is a website which helps people around the world make decisions in their lives by revisiting the historical texts.

Films can make the difference

Faced with a herculean task of inspiring a love for history among her students, a teacher relies on various materials. Films are a valuable resource, as also popular cinema, documentaries, video clips from You Tube. Here are a few suggestions.

Comics, classrooms and the legend of Anant Pai

Who can forget Amar Chithra Katha comics and of course, Anant Pai? He was responsible for the collective foray of a generation into mythology, history and folklore. This article gives an idea of how comics can be an invaluable teaching aid. Comics are colourful, attractive, and not text-heavy. Further, children subconsciously relate comics to leisure and free time, which helps in creating a receptive mindset.

Myths and Us: An enduring relationship

In this article, the author argues for giving mythology more space in the curriculum and letting children explore what they can actually do with the stuff of mythology. It might serve the function of exposing children to philosophical questions and ethical dilemmas as well as cultural differences.

Travelling through the lens

This article takes a look at what goes on behind a cameraperson’s lens, and inside his or her mind, as an image is transferred from an experience in the present into a window to the past.

Why people’s stories matter

Oral history – recording people’s experiences and insights through their own narratives – has an important
place in building and preserving collective memory. The author engages in conversation with an archivist who speaks of fascinating stories that emerge.