Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Can we envisage a future without schools? A future where learning is happening on the go, all the time ? Where there is no syllabus,
Learning happens at all stages in life and everyone learns, both children and adults. When learning does happen, there are things we learn by ourselves and there are other things which we learn with the help of others. By taking the help of others, our own actions in learning cannot be belittled, neither can we discount the contribution made by others. In the end, what must be valued is the achievement.
Ravindra P. N.
Can learning happen only in classrooms or laboratories? Can reading be the only way to learn? So many different concepts are learned at school. Can all these be integrated? Students need to be guided towards learning that is broader and less marks- oriented and this can be achieved by making simple and small changes to the usual pedagogic methods. This article helps in drawing up a lesson plan for teachers to use in addition to the existing methods that they follow.
What is classroom culture? It is an environment created by both teachers and students to build a space that is collaborative. And despite the collaborative effort, it is the teacher who has the power to remain open and supportive, focus on learning and accept all kinds of learners. Here is a student’s view on what classroom culture is all about.
Environment education in our schools has been far removed from reality and except for the occasional reference in the social studies textbook, there was not much importance given to it although of late, some schools do have a separate curriculum for EVS. This book is a guide to textbooks and has been put together by a team comprising members with diverse experiences from across the globe. It proposes embedding sustainable development across subjects. Four subjects have been discussed at length. Read on to know more about the book.
The story of Poorna Learning Centre with its simplicity and magic is sure to inspire many readers to hopefully start their own little school. Nearly 50 per cent of Poorna’s children come from underprivileged backgrounds, and the most visible aspect of this school is the openness and the freedom that the children display.
This is the last article in the Nature Watch series, and as before, this article too deals with the amazing biodiversity that India has. Here the author talks about insects that reside deep in the forests. These are ‘ useful insects’ and the description ranges from the net- winged insects, the lacewing insects , the mantid fly and the scorpion fly. Biology teachers will be sure to find this information useful and also make their classes more interesting.
Chemistry is all about reactions. The reactions are first seen at the test tube level and then students try and make sense of what is happening at the larger level— where the reactions are actually happening—in the atoms, ions and molecules. Teachers need to really pass on this skill to students, to help them see a reaction, write down the observation and then visualise it at the level of the particles
Here is a school, situated just a few hours away from Mumbai which is an experiment in technology, defying the traditional method of education and offering tribal students an opportunity to access knowledge, training and education — all through Open Source technology. The Tamarind Tree School has set up a digital infrastructure where students learn individually on an online Learning Management System. Read more about the philosophy of Open Education in this interesting article.
What effect does competition and stress have on children? Why is it that some children manage the rat race while others struggle to cope? Most of the answers can be found with parents who do not take the trouble to identify their children’s abilities and thrust certain choices on them. This is an open letter to parents asking them to allow their children to follow their interests.