Mary and Ratnesh
Homework for children is a bugbear. Teachers too may have disliked doing homework when they were students. So, here it is, homework or rather, fun work, as decided by the children themselves.
Children love doing things all by themselves and generally do not welcome intrusion. However, when they confront a problem, they can be seen running to their teachers or parents for solutions. But, when guided gently to think, they have their own solutions. Here is an interesting article to get children to do things by themselves.
Thinksheets are akin to worksheets, but there is a small difference. Children are asked to find their own answers to the questions given in the sheet. Here is an example.
Adverbs form a significant part of language teaching. Here is an innovative attempt to teach the concept to class V students using board games .
Here are some activities for children to keep them occupied during holidays.
Chemistry deals with chemical symbols and formulae and often children find them difficult to memorise. Here is a game for students of class VII and VIII that will help them learn the valencies of the different elements easily without trying to learn them by rote.
Most of us are acquainted with board games and other indoor games which helped hone our skills. But could there be games to help us learn our subjects and also have fun while learning? This article talks about a few games that will help children learn their science, especially formulae which they need to remember. Teachers can try out some of these games in the classroom so that children enjoy learning and find the drill work painless.
An interesting first person account of a teacher’s first year in teaching and the bonds which she formed with her ‘kids’.
Chintan Girish Modi
Institutional pressures can weigh heavily on a teacher’s mind and disallow her/him to do what is in the best interests of the child. This article makes a fervent appeal to let the heart rule and give teachers a chance to nurture their relationship with the students.
Children learn faster if and when they are given choices to pace their own learning. Activities which are fun and creative help children to be involved and overcome the pressure of exams. This article suggests some activities where children can explore their own self-paced learning methods.