Another education policy? Where does the teacher fit in?

The process of rolling out the new education policy is on, but the key influencer in the core process of learning — the teacher — does not seem to be consulted in any substantive way. It is time teachers begin to see themselves not just as implementers of the curriculum, but as having a creative and central role in education.

Is it time to adapt to BYOD?

Nikhil Eyeroor

With the education technology market growing by leaps and bounds, the question that is now being asked is ,”can children bring their own digital devices to school?” The devices can include smart phones, laptops,tablets, computers etc. It is up to schools to think about the benefits or otherwise and decide accordingly.

Stories and the world of numbers

Deepa Kiran

Are you aware that subjects such as science and math can be made more interesting through stories?Simple fundamental concepts can be taught through stories so that children who do not like math can overcome their fear and embrace the subject. The world of numbers and the magic of stories can certainly enliven the classroom.

Multiple approaches, fresh discovery

G. Gautama
Jane Sahi’s ‘In Our Own words’ is a definitive collection of approaches that any language teacher can make use of. However, the book could have done with some lightness, especially because it teaches teachers how to teach. This does not belittle its value as an important book for every school library.

Nest watch – 1

Geetha Iyer

Bird nests come in different kinds, forms and are built in different places. The nests are temporary shelters for the purpose of reproduction and are not the homes of birds as is presumed. Though a lot of time and energy is spent in building the nests, the birds abandon them once the chicks are grown. Have you watched a bird build its nest?

Math Talk – a powerful tool

Gopal Midha

Can math be learnt by talking and not by just scribbling numbers in your notebook? This article gives an insight into how this can be done.

Digesting facts in the lab

Yasmin Jayathirtha

A school laboratory may be the last place to set up experiments to understand digestion. But, it can well be done using natural extracts. Read on to find out more.

Learning from the natural world

Ullas Ponnadi

Biomimicry as a science is gaining ground for the solutions that it can offer. A branch of science that combines biology and technology, it helps us understand what nature has perfected over the years and then adapt that through models and systems to solve complex problems faced by humans. It is a new way of viewing and valuing nature.

The underlying hurt

Vandini Sharma
What can a teacher do if she is not in the right frame of mind to teach? Does she take the help of students to slow down or does she vent her frustration at the students? This article will give the teacher some tips on how to handle such situations.

Delighting the brain with riddles!

Manaswini Sridhar

Riddles are a great way to get children to play with words. Not only can they answer riddles quickly but they are also willing to take up challenges and search for answers.Here are some ways for teachers to get started to help children improve their listening skills.