Learning to learn

Sharmila Govande

Every child has the potential to connect his learning at school to real life issues and find solutions to whatever problems that might arise. It is the responsibility of teachers to nurture this potential to think, reason, apply and solve especially in the primary school years.

The idea of sharing and giving

Madhulika S and Deepti Gollapudi

This article talks about an empathy project initiated by an NGO that brings schools across Hyderabad city on a single platform. Titled Project Gift Compassion, it aims to overcome social barriers and facilitate the idea of sharing and giving among young and impressionable minds.

Young poets of Class V and VI

Meera Madappa

Digging into our archives, we found this simple article that says a lot about how poetry can be enjoyed both by the teacher and the student.

Making materials we can use

Yasmin Jayathirtha

There are several materials that we use everyday from soaps and toothpastes to shampoos and cleaning agents. Have you ever wondered how the processes to make them were discovered and who made them? Today most of these items are available at shops and supermarkets. But have you tried making them at home? Here are a few steps to try making toothpaste and soap at home. Check it out.

Spinning a truthful yarn

Sunita Biswas

Who does not like to listen to stories? Stories from all over the world have always found interesting and willing audiences to listen and enjoy. Teaching mythology provides varied benefits to many students. In a simple way, myths reflect the idea of good and evil. Many contain a moral and this is good to develop skills such as inferring meaning from the context. Read up this very interesting article on myths and legends and come up with a project for your students.

How do we solve a word problem?

Monica Kochar

During the teacher training sessions that I conduct, whenever I ask the teachers to tell me an area they struggle with to teach the students, invariably the answer is, “Solving word problems”. Their query is – “Is there a method to this madness that works with most problems?”

Taking in the sights, smells and sounds

Neha Pradhan Arora

Going beyond the textbook and experiencing real learning reinforces concepts . Experiential learning is an approach that leaves a strong impression in students’ minds. Children learn to see, feel and touch and this makes the subject more interesting. Read about how these travel- based learning programmes are helping children.

A natural born teacher

Steven Rudolph

This article takes us through a live example of how a Multiple Intelligence test helped a person to choose a profession that best catered to his personality traits.

The rules of good behaviour

Manaswini Sridhar

At school students are taught how to read, play or learn music, but learning about good behaviour is not included in the syllabus. Teachers must be given the time to teach the rules of good behaviour. They should be able to talk about the rules, reinforce them and demonstrate them in practice throughout the school level. Read on to get some tips.

Building positive relationships – the whale done way

Phyllis Farias

Here is an excellent book on how whales are taught to be positive. The same principle can be applied in building positive relationships among people and school children, or any relationship for that matter. Try and read up this book and practice this philosophy in your class for better results.