Memories, books and libraries

Lohit T
Books behind closed shelves and cupboards, beyond the reach of those who need them, don’t make a library. A library must be inviting, accessible and open to the needs of its users and it is this desire that led the author to successfully experiment with classroom libraries.

Let’s cook history!

Fareen Wahid
How many different ways of teaching history do you know? Have you ever tried cooking and serving history to your students? An exciting idea worth trying, don’t you think?

The limits of individual autonomy

Prakash Iyer
One of the aims of education is to nurture independent, critically thinking beings. But unless we teachers recognize the fact that the different means we employ to achieve this are all necessary but in the end also manipulative and therefore put in that much more effort to be true to our jobs, we won’t be able to do what we have set out to.

Math teacher or mathemagician?

Anil Kumar Patnaik
A subject becomes interesting or boring according to how a teacher presents it to his/her students. A reason that math is often considered uninteresting is because of the uninspired ways used to teach it. Add a little magic and see how quickly you can change your students’ perception about math.

Auto teacher

Aditi Kumari
With learning moving out of the classroom and onto computer screens, teachers have had to become more innovative, enterprising and adventurous in order to take their classes – like sitting in an autorickshaw, for instance.

How to teach critical thinking

Chintan Girish Modi
We all like our classrooms to be peaceful, quiet and harmonious. As far as possible, we discourage dissent, disagreement and arguements especially related to the lessons they are learning. But then, are we training our students for life? By being passive and obedient listeners in class, are we crushing their spirit of enquiry? Let us give our students a voice in the classroom today, so that they can speak loud and clear when they need to in life tomorrow.