In recent times, there has been an increasing emphasis on schools and teachers to impart life skills or soft skills to children. These include empathy and conflict resolution. Most of the times, these skills are touted as being important in the job market and less about how essential they are in everyday life as well. With a lot of political turmoil happening in countries around us, may be it is time children are taught about interdependence and empathy and to respond to crises with compassion.
Category: October 2015
The chalk still rules
Dipankar Bird Chorne
How popular is the blackboard in today’s times versus the smartboard? Do teachers still feel comfortable with a simple chalk and talk lecture? This short article is a mini survey carried out in Kolkata by a student. The findings are interesting.
Riding and learning on the radio waves
In an era of the Internet and smart phones , does anybody even think of the radio? As a matter of fact, yes. A remarkably inexpensive communication medium, the radio has innumerable uses. Its basic and important characteristic is that it does not have any boundaries. Here is a wonderful article that celebrates the radio and how, even now it can be used as a teaching tool.
The myth of poor performance
Making mathematics a part of a child’s life experience is the best math education that can be given. If teachers from government schools throw up their hands and report on the poor performance of the students, can there really be a way forward? This article suggests that the so – called poor performance of children is just a myth, and it is really the teachers who have to be more sensitive towards their students .
The hidden truth about teaching values
Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur
How can we teach values to the current generation? While moral science books and lectures by parents and teachers seem to be the main source of imparting values, this article looks at the subject differently and suggests six ways in which children can be made aware of values through actions.
In the atomic heart
Atoms are building blocks of matter. So, what is inside the atom? What happens when we decide to probe and look further? There is a whole new world out there, a world with new forces, new interactions and enormous energy. This article takes a deep look at the heart of the atom.
Greening young minds
Three books reviewed in this article bring alive the Kachchch region of Gujarat especially for young readers. The stories teach children the importance of local species, the various eco-systems and the value of teamwork. This can be a very valuable addition to any school library and the stories can be enjoyed both by teachers and students.
No more bookish projects, please!
‘Children have stopped reading’ is a complaint that teachers and parents have. Most schools and teachers tackle this issue in their own way by devising new and ingenious methods to get children to read. This article gives a step by step example on how this issue was tackled head on. The positive change that came about brought smiles on the faces of both teachers and students.
The greenhouse effect 2
In the April issue of the magazine, the author had explored the idea of modelling the greenhouse effect. The ‘earth in a bottle’ was a simple model for the earth and its atmosphere. In this article the author goes on to explore the effect of greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide.
Leveraging political incorrectness!
In this series we feature a ‘politically incorrect’ school — the Muni International School in Delhi which caters to the underprivileged, has no textbooks, and where the NCERT syllabus is used to anchor the learning. Children here ask questions, explore and discover for themselves. Read on to know more.