Straws: those wonder tubes

Simple materials can be used to teach different concepts. Read how a bunch of drinking straws can be used to teach complex concepts.

Sharing spaces equally

Vivek Vellanki
Does the classroom belong to the teacher or to the student? Should not this sacred space be shared equally by both? How can the teacher and the student find their voices and work together? Presenting a student’s angst against the school system.

Music for a cause

Ramya Ramalingam

A first person account of a student’s effort to raise funds for a good cause through her music.

What Shakespeare means

Prema Raghunath

The language of Shakespeare is hard to comprehend for 15 year-olds, especially in today’s times and given the chronological and political distance between his works and today’s scholarship. However, he continues to remain relevant because of his ability to reveal the mysteries of human nature which never changes.

Pictures that teach

Nivedita Vijay Bedadur

Newspapers are a rich resource in that one can find pictures, articles, advertisements which help us learn in different ways. Read how this resource can be used as textual material.

When fingers become cars

Geetha Durairajan

Children often indulge in make-believe games. With an imagination that can transform anything into anything, children can keep themselves occupied for hours together. As they enter the adult world, this imagination or creativity takes a back seat and is not valued. Is organised schooling reponsible for killing this childish trait?

The last frontiers of Why and What

Nandini Nayar
How must parents deal with the incessant questions that a child asks? Should the child be encouraged to ask more questions or should the parent take the easy way out and stop the child from questioning?

The playful process of practice

Gopal Midha
What is practice? What is the magic change that it can bring about? How can it be rescued from turning into a dull and meaningless chore? What do students think about it? Our cover story tries to answer some of these questions and suggests ways in which practice tasks can be restructured.