Making sense of words that don’t

Kelli Sandman-Hurley

English we say is an unpredictable language. Teaching children how to spell is quite a task for there are words with those pesky ‘o’s and ‘p’s that don’t make any sense in the way we spell certain words. But did you know that there are actually logical reasons behind every word with a weird spelling? Read this interesting article to learn how to uncover the reason behind every spelling and how you can teach that to your students.

Understanding peace through social science

Avinash Kumar

In a strife-torn and disturbing world, understanding peace and being able to build it is very important. This is a skill that we should be passing on to our students and the social sciences are wonderfully suited to the task.

Why I write

Anuschka Goenka

Do you write? If you do, have you ever thought why you write? This students shares how an English class helped her discover a passion for writing.

The havoc wrought by exams

Pradita Nambiar

What is it about exams that causes children and parents alike to panic? This teacher wonders whether exams fulfill the objectives they are meant to at all or whether we are better of without them.

Learning never ends

Usha Chandrasekaran

Despite several years in the field of education, this author tells us how she learnt the importance of building relationships with the parents of your students when she met with her son’s professor.

Owning the learning experience

Sonika Lakhera

This is the story of how a school run by an NGO experimented, and successfully at that, with self-directed learning.

What is the length of…?

Sabitabrata Mandal

Learning how to measure the lengths of objects often proves tricky for children. Despite teaching the lesson on measurement this teacher found that his students had not yet learnt how to measure the lengths of objects accurately. He therefore decided to conduct a small experiment in class to find out where his students were going wrong and device another strategy to teach them.

Of what (and how) are teachers made?

Kuldeep Garg

What are the situations and conditions that are responsible for the making of a teacher in India? The National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, 2009, talks about producing humane and professional teachers who are progressive and independent in the way they think and teach. Yes the intent is there but what are the kind of teachers we see in our public schools? Despite such noble intentions why is it that we find dispassionate and disinterested teachers teaching our children?