Civics classes have always been reduced to learning the features of the Indian constitution and the Indian government. Civics textbooks offer umpteen opportunities to make classes livelier and more contemporary. Issues like marginalization and human rights might only be mentioned in the passing but here’s how you can use these issues to discuss, debate and learn about society.
If your students have so far only been exposed to chemistry experiments in the textbook as setting up a chemistry lab is a lot of expenditure your school cannot afford here is a way you can get round the problem. With Small scale chemistry your students can actually try out experiments for themselves and your school doesn’t even have to spend that much.
If you believe that you have to invest a lot to develop or buy teaching-learning materials you are wrong. Here are inexpensive materials you can use from your surroundings to make teaching fun.
Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
Waste not, want not– the saying goes. This time Tool Kit brings you ideas and games using bottle caps. It is amazing how many things you can learn from mere bottle caps!
Learning Ladder is a learning centre that sells books, toys and learning materials to suit the Indian child. Read to discover a little bit about this unique learning space.
That there is a need for moral education in school there is no doubt. But despite all the years of value education and moral science classes we have failed to instill morality in our children. Why? Because all these years the focus was on teaching moral values rather than on supporting the moral development of children.
Seetha Anand Vaidyam
Recently the newspapers reported the death of a 13 year old boy who was canned by his teacher for misbehaving in class. Why is it that we still have teachers in this country who believe that corporal punishment is the only way of disciplining a child? There is an urgent need to ensure that teachers are sensitive to children.
Panamalai R Guruprasad
One of the things that RtE promises is quality education to all. If quality education has to be ensured teachers, schools and parents have to work together. Here this author explains one simple way of involving the three elements to work together for a better system of education.
Read this strong response from a reader to Maya Menon’s ‘Open letter to teachers’ published in the February 2010 issue of Teacher Plus.
B Ramdas and Rama Sastry
The debate on RtE and its consequences for alternative schools in particular continues in Teacher Plus.